Golocalprov _ miriam hospital awarded _1.3 million grant for research project


Miriam Hospital

The Miriam Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has been awarded a $1.3 million research project grant by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive Kidney Diseases. The grant will be used to examine behavioral, psychosocial and environmental predictors of weight loss following bariatric surgery using advanced monitoring technology.

“Not enough research has been conducted on behavioral,

psychological, and environmental predictors of weight loss after bariatric surgery. This study will help to fill the gap using a unique and highly innovative mobile health platform combining sensor technology with a smartphone-based, self-reporting tool to measure behavioral, psychological and environmental predictors of weight loss continuously – in real time – in the patient’s natural environment,” said Dale Bond, Ph. D., lead researcher and faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Miriam Hospital.

The project is a continuation of the research done which Bond and Graham Thomas Ph. D., have conduct using real time data collection methodologies to analyze weight-related behaviors that are associated with bariatric surgery.

“Very little is known about why some people are more successful than others at keeping weight off after having bariatric surgery. Behavioral factors are thought to be very influential, but guidelines for behavior changes among bariatric surgery patients are often vague and not well supported by scientific research. Our goal is to collect data to improve behavioral guidelines and help increase weight loss after bariatric surgery,” said Bond.

In this study, a wristwatch like sensor device will be used to measure factors such as eating and physical activity, behavior, mood, hunger and cravings in app approximately 100 bariatric surgery patients at the Miriam Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

“Bariatric surgery is a powerful tool for weight loss. By making key behavior changes, it may be possible for patients to get the greatest health benefit – and at the same time – we may have more information to better inform patients about steps they can take to boost weight loss after bariatric surgery,” said Siva Vithiananthan, M. D., chief of minimally invasive and bariatric surgery at The Center for Bariatric Surgery.

Miriam Hospital

The Miriam Hospital is a 247 bed, not for profit teaching hospital affiliated with The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University.