Inaugural Lecture by Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch on DTx for Healthy Longevity, University of Zurich, 4 March 2024

We invite you to join the inaugural lecture by Prof. Dr. Tobias Kowatsch on Digital Therapeutics for Healthy Longevity at the University of Zurich (UZH, Rämistrasse 71, 8006 Zürich, KOL G 201 Aula) on Monday, 4 March 2024, from 7:30 until 8:15 pm. Dr. Kowatsch will be introduced by Prof. Dr. med. Dr. phil. Nikola Biller-Andorno, Director, Institute of Biomedical Ethics, UZH and Vice Dean Innovation and Digitalization of the UZH Medical Faculty. The University of Zurich will be represented by Prof. Dr. Beatrice Beck Schimmer, professor of anesthesiology at UZH and Vice President Medicine at UZH.

In August 2022, Tobias Kowatsch was appointed as Associate Professor for Digital Health Interventions at the Institute for Implementation Science in Health Care, University of Zurich. As a “bridge” professor resulting from our Joint Medical Master program with the University of St.Gallen, he is also a Director at the School of Medicine in St.Gallen.

Dr. Kowatsch is an ordinary member of the Competence Centre for Rehabilitation Engineering and Science at ETH Zurich and a Scientific Advisor to the Center for Technology and Behavioral Health at Dartmouth’s Geisel School of Medicine in the US. In 2021, he was an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health at the National University of Singapore after he was appointed Assistant Professor for Digital Health at the University of St.Gallen in 2018.

Dr. Kowatsch was awarded the degree of a private lecturer in Information Systems with a special focus on Digital Health in 2022 from the University of St.Gallen. He received his Ph.D. in Technology Management from the University of St.Gallen in 2016, a Master of Science in Business Information Systems from Saarland University in 2012, and a Master of Computer Science in Media from Hochschule Furtwangen University in 2007.

His scientific work has been published in various journals, for example, the New England Journal of Medicine AI, Lancet’s eClinialMedicine, the Proc. of National Academy of Sciences, the Annals of Behavioral Medicine, or the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.

With his interdisciplinary research partners, Dr. Kowatsch designs digital health interventions at the intersection of computer science, behavioral medicine, and management science. He also initiated MobileCoach, an open-source platform for digital biomarker and health intervention research. In his inaugural lecture, he will highlight the importance of digital therapeutics for healthy longevity and how these software-delivered interventions may address the important problem of socioeconomic inequalities in health.

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