What is CREATE-BEST?
The NSERC CREATE funded “Biomedical Engineering Smartphone Training” program (CREATE-BEST) provides professional training and practical employment-ready skills to engineering graduate students to meet the needs of the growing mHealth marketplace and enable innovation. mHealth is the practice of clinical healthcare and public health supported by mobile devices, which includes mobile device applications for collecting community and clinical health data; healthcare information delivery to practitioners, researchers, and patients; real-time patient monitoring; and direct provision of care via mobile technology.
The potential types of mHealth applications are wide ranging, from digital epidemiology to monitoring patient gait. With proper design, the app becomes an information and communication bridge that serves to close the gap between the home and the clinic, granting more freedom to patients, lower costs to the healthcare system, and gapless health monitoring for clinicians.
Three universities collaborate in CREATE-BEST.
Who can join us?
Undergraduate, Masters, PhD, and Post-Doctoral Fellows in Engineering, Computer Science, Science, or health related disciplines can join CREATE-BEST.
How long is the training period?
MSc students: 2 years
PhD students: 4 years
Post-Doctoral Fellows: 2 years
Interested in participating in the program?
Create mHealth smartphone apps from A to Z.
Design and implement validation methods that conform with healthcare ethics boards.
Identify a commercialization pathway to bring a mHealth app to the appropriate market.
Share your results and ideas with multidisciplinary audiences, researchers, industry, patients and end-users, etc.
The CREATE-BEST program enhances graduate student training by providing employment ready skills and knowledge to meet the needs of the growing mHealth marketplace. The program provides essential learning opportunities for app creation, oral and written communication, collaboration and teamwork, ethics, regulatory systems, project management and adaptability, entrepreneurship, clinical experiences, and industry internship opportunities.
For example, job shadowing placements immerse the student in the user environment, thereby strengthening a student's understanding of "real world" clinical environments and mHealth needs as they work with healthcare professionals and observe interactions with their patients.
The Pitch-an-App event enables students to strengthen their communication skills as they identify and articulate key messages to an audience of experts, industry, multidisciplinary clinicians, and non-specialists.
The Design Sprint hones the student's ability for team work, project management, and adapting app designs to end-user needs (based on knowledge gained while job-shadowing).
Traditional internships further a student's understanding of the work-place, technical skill requirements, team work, and interpersonal skills required for success.
Department Chair and Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering
- Mathematical modeling and methods
Associate Dean and Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
- Biomedical signal quality analysis
- Signal processing methods
- Biomedical monitoring
- Accessibility and disability
Associate Professor in the Department of Systems and Computer Engineering
- Bioinformatics, proteomics, and prediction of protein structure, function, interaction, and post-translational modification
- Machine intelligence, pattern classification, data mining
- Development of novel assistive technology and devices
Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology and Engineering
- Biomedical measurements and instrumentation
- Reconfigurable embedded systems
- Smart sensors networks
Professor, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
- Technologies to enhance mobility for people with physical disabilities
- Wearable technologies to improve mobility assessment and outcome measurement
- Biomechanical investigation of pathological human movement
Professor at the School Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Model-driven data integration and mobile app development to support business processes and performance management.
- Decision support, quality assurance and privacy, service oriented architecture, cloud computing, complex event processing
Abdulmotaleb El Saddik
Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and University Research Chair in Ambient Interactive Media and Communications
- Service-oriented architectures
- Collaborative environments
- Ambient interactive media and communications
Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health and CIHR Applied Public Health Chair eHealth Interventions
- Informatics of public health surveillance
- Detecting disease cases automatically from electronic health records
- Detecting epidemics rapidly from multiple data streams
Professor, Department of Medicine and Department of Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Occupational Health
- Identifying modifiable determinants of adverse events and improved health outcomes
- Developing and evaluating computer-enabled interventions to address these determinants
- Developing and evaluating novel surveillance systems
Hussein Al Osman
Assistant Professor at the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
- Affective Computing
- Human Computer Interaction
- Serious Games
- Multimedia Systems
Learn more about the program.
News & Events
Regulator Perspectives and Updates on Sharing Clinical Trial Documents and Data
On-campus seminar / live webcast – June 14 at 11 a.m. ET (60 min)
Seminar registrationLive-stream registration Presentation on the evolving landscape for sharing clinical trial data. This event is being organized in collaboration with Privacy Analytics. There have been initiatives by various regulators around the world to share clinical trial information publicly. There are similarities in the approaches taken, but also some important differences. The purpose of this Read more about Regulator Perspectives and Updates on Sharing Clinical Trial Documents and Data<br><h4>On-campus seminar / live webcast – June 14 at 11 a.m. ET (60 min)</h4>[…]
In collaboration with Hacking Health, the 2018 Hackathon Weekend was held in Shopify‘s headquarters The Hackathon is an annual event organized by Hacking Health that attracts many people from different backgrounds. Join this years hackathon where you’ll be able to meet healthcare professionals, designers, developers, innovators, and entrepreneurs and take part in building real solutions to Read more about Hackathon Weekend<br><h4>In collaboration with Hacking Health</h4>[…]
In collaboration with Hacking Health, the Pitch Clinic and IP Chats was held in Downtown Ottawa on April 18th! Learn about: Overview of Intellectual Property types and issues, patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc. How to effectively pitch your startup or project idea, and catch the audience attention in less than 90 seconds! This event is a Read more about Pitch Clinic + IP Chats<br><h4>In collaboration with Hacking Health</h4>[…]
Please register here In collaboration with the Medical Devices Innovations Institute (MDII), we are organizing a workshop presenting a high level view of the Medical Devices product regulatory classification and a high level view of the registration process in Canada, Europe and USA. We will also discuss the intellectual property issue when designing an app Read more about Regulations of Healthcare Applications Commercialization<br><h4>Workshop by Dr. Abdulmotaleb El Saddik</h4>[…]
Nothing Personal: Emerging De-identification Standards
On-campus seminar / live webcast – February 28 at 11 a.m. ET (60 min)
In collaboration with Privacy Analytics, we are proud to present to you an interesting talk on the standards of de-identification. Mr. Malcolm Townsend, IT Research Analyst at the Office of the Privacy Commissioner of Canada, will be giving a talk at the University of Ottawa on the standards of de-identification of private and personal information, which Read more about Nothing Personal: Emerging De-identification Standards<br><h4>On-campus seminar / live webcast – February 28 at 11 a.m. ET (60 min)</h4>[…]
uOttawa SESA and CREATE-BEST are proud to bring the second UI design talk at the University of Ottawa. Andy Fang is an experienced UX Systems Front-End Developer at Shopify, and he talked about Interaction Design Principles and things to check off when designing a solution. This was delivered via a design pairing session on a hypothetical product Read more about UI Design and Prototyping Workshop[…]
The second Mobile App Development course targets participants that have some experience in mobile app programming. It covers more advanced and interesting topics including cloud databases, version control and git, 2D animation, and iOS development. The course is divided into four modules: Live Stream Module 1 – 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Tuesday Feb 6, Read more about Mobile App Development Course II (2018)[…]
Build a startup in 54 hours! Startup Weekend is the place to look for a team, create a prototype of your idea, validate your business idea, and receive feedback from experienced entrepreneurs, all in one weekend. Startup Weekends are 54-hour events designed to provide superior experiential education for technical and non-technical entrepreneurs. Beginning with Friday night Read more about Startup Weekend[…]
uOttawa SESA and CREATE-BEST are proud to bring the first of its kind, design talk to the University of Ottawa. Learn about design systems, creating engaging user interfaces and discovering user needs. The speaker at this event was Andy Fang, a UX Systems Front-End Developer at Shopify. He works on Shopify’s design system, helping teams design Read more about User Interface Design Talk with Shopify[…]
The first Mobile App Development course targets participants that have basic experience in mobile app programming. The course, given by Dr. Hussein Al Osman at the University of Ottawa, is divided into four 3-hour modules: 1:00pm-4:00pm on Thursday Sep 28, 2017: Module 1 – Introduction to Android Recorded session 1:00pm-4:00pm on Thursday Oct 5, 2017: Module Read more about Mobile App Development Course[…]