The Oxford Institute for Digital Health is a centre of excellence which provides all the elements necessary to design, build and deploy successful digital health interventions. Founded in 2015, it’s based on collaborations that are already in motion across the University that span academic research, clinical practice and cutting-edge technology. By bringing together creatives, technologists, patients and clinicians, in sustained collaborations which follow digital health innovations from inception all the way into clinical practice, we aim for both local and global impact.
Dementia is a devastating and common disease affecting over 44 million people and consuming more than 1% of the world’s GDP today. As populations age, this problem, already bigger than heart disease and cancer combined, will grow, impacting both families and the global economy. We believe that the use of Apps and connected devices to track cognition in real-time could change this landscape by providing a greater understanding of the time points that individuals start to decline and when to begin interventions. This open source project will enable us to detect signals of cognitive decline that are intractable to our current systems of diagnosis.
Through 9 years of continuous operation collecting over 250,000 outcomes, the True Colours self-management system has fundamentally changed the relationship between patients and clinicians in Mood Disorders. Today it’s used in NHS Trusts around the country and in research projects around the world. We’re now using it extensively in chronic physical health conditions like Migraine and Ulcerative Colitis, and for tracking outcomes in other physical health interventions like Orthopaedic surgery.
Using a range of wearable sensors and devices, from accelerometers to pulse oximeters, this project is seeking objective measures for symptoms in bipolar disorder and borderline personality disorder. Participants make the app and devices a part of their everyday life for a year, providing the opportunity to understand these conditions at a level of detail not previously possible. Cutting edge data science is therefore an absolutely critical part of the project, turning raw data into clinical insight.
We are pleased to invite applications to conduct research towards a doctoral degree at the University. Fully-funded studentships are available for outstanding applicants from any country. This research will involve both software engineering and data science. You will be: building smartphone based technology, deploying that technology in both large and highly phenotyped patient cohorts, and analyzing the results. The aim of this project is to provide longitudinal assessments of cognition to help us understand some of the most important diseases facing society today. During the project you will be creating customized versions of the Android operating system to record measurements of daily function, and working with the games industry to produce highly engaging tasks that measure cognition. Your work will be at the heart of an open source, open science, pre-competitive collaboration, involving Oxford University, Sage Bionetworks, and partners from the Pharmaceutical industry.
You will require excellent software engineering skills, good knowledge of mobile platforms, and a strong grounding in statistics. An interest in the design and evaluation of digital health technology, machine learning techniques, or cognitive psychology will be helpful. The current DPhil studentship stipend (tax-free) is £14,057 per annum, plus support for conference attendance and consumables.
Graduate Studies Administrator
before: Friday 20th May 2016 at 12.00 noon
We need someone who can be the backbone of a new open source initiative to create a global citizen science project that will allow scientists to understand cognition in completely new ways. You’ll be building games which are not just superbly rich and interactive 3D gaming experiences that engage people in ways that will keep them coming back for more, but are also clever tests of cognitive capability. This will mean not just creating perfect games with incredible production values, but also measuring key aspects of play with great accuracy. You’ll be working with some big names in Health and IT, so focus and dedication will be essential. In return we can offer you the chance to build a centrepiece for your portfolio, and the satisfaction of knowing you’ll be advancing our understanding of society’s most important diseases.
apply: Oxford University Jobs website
before: 11th Jan 2016
Still studying? Write code? Want to work on Digital Health projects with global reach? Join us this summer! We offer a paid 10 week programme that will give you real experience writing apps, building servers and analysing data. Just tell us: what course you’re studying, how many years you have to go, and what development experience you got.
before: 11th May 2015