Oct 06, 2015 10:00 AM

Author: Cancer Learning Center

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) investigator Jakob D. Jensen has received a New Innovator Awardfrom the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This award supports “unusually innovative research” from scientists early in their careers. Jensen received the award for his research on Mole Crowdsourcing: A New Way to Find Skin Cancer (see below). The study showed that groups were better at identifying suspicious moles than individuals were.

Jensen says he will use the New Innovator grant to perform four studies using communal feedback (crowdsourcing) in skin cancer control. “[This] innovative strategy attempts to build on the potential of new communication technology,” Jensen says in his project description. “Accordingly, this project will also test a model for translating communal feedback to other health arenas. For example, communal feedback could be utilized by radiologists deciphering patient scan data (e.g., mammograms), patients seeking feedback about the normality of medication side-effects, and healthcare providers diagnosing patient symptoms.”

Jensen Mole Crowdsourcing

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