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In Search of Nutrition Informatics

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One of the best comments I have heard is that you know when health information technology (HIT) is effective when you do not realize it is being used.  I couldn’t agree more—when you are so busy delivering good service and what the patient wants—which varies according to each patient—you do not even notice that technology is a driving process. 

So many times, those of us in informatics are asked: What is informatics? A few years back, we would make an attempt to describe examples and people who are engaged in informatics.  These days, all you have to do is look around us. 

Take for example—the recent American Dietetic Association Foundation (ADAF) Research Awards—There is no mention of “nutrition informatics”, yet here is an example of work underway that is an informatics based project.  Read on….and let me know more examples you hear about!

Nobuko Kay Hongu, PhD, MEd, RD, assistant professor and nutrition extension specialist, Department of Nutritional Sciences, The University of Arizona, was announced as the second recipient of the ADA Foundation's Research Endowment Grant focusing on lifestyle interventions for childhood overweight and obesity prevention. Hongu, who has performed other work in nutrition and fitness was announced as the recipient during the Member Showcase at FNCE for her work entitled, i-Challenge!, an Individually Tailored Web-Based Nutrition and Physical Activity Intervention using Smart Phone: Randomized Controlled Trial, which is part of the USDA Childhood Obesity Prevention Project, Stealth Health.


Are there currently grants or scholarships tailored for those specifically researching in the area of Nutrition Informatics?
Posted by: Kristi Coughlin, RD at 2/8/2011 1:08 PM


Kristi,
Great question! While I am not aware of any that target specifically nutrition informatics, there are grants available via the National Library of Medicine, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; and many competitions for innovative technologies and solutions via Health 2.0 Developer Challenge and other mobile technology promoters. These seem to be at an all time peak, as the focus on self monitoring, wellness, and consumer health take off. Many times you can weave nutrition into the scope and goal of the opportunity. I hope this helps.
Posted by: Ivonne Cueva_1 at 2/9/2011 7:45 AM


Kristi,
Having just conducted a grant search for my clinical informatics thesis work, I was not able to identify grants specifically targeted to nutrition informatics. While there may be smaller grants out there, none were large enough to support independent research. However, research funding changes rapidly, so what might not have been available yesterday might be there today, so keep looking!

You might be able to collaborate with colleagues in nursing or medical informatics in order to secure initial funding. Once you have a track record, other grants will be easier to obtain, and might spur groups to offer nutrition informatics research funding!

Regards,
pam
Posted by: Ivonne Cueva_1 at 3/14/2011 1:19 PM


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