INFORMS NEWS: Roundtable holds retreat

By Bill Browning

The INFORMS Roundtable Fall Retreat was held Oct. 18-19, 2015, at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center on the Mayo Clinic campus in Rochester, Minn. “Personal Health and Individualized Medicine” was the meeting theme.

Richard Weinshilboum, M.D., professor of molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics and internal medicine, gave the keynote talk Sunday evening on “Pharmacogenomics and Individualized Medicine.”

Monday began with a guided meditation session. Deb Rhodes, M.D., then described the three pillars of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program approach – nutrition, physical activity and resiliency. Phil Hagen, M.D., spoke about outcomes measurement in lifestyle and behavior change.

Interactive sessions for the Roundtable attendees included a presentation in the Non Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) Studio on “sitting disease” and NEAT practices for work and travel. Mayo Clinic physical activity experts then led a discussion on the benefits of activity trackers (e.g., Fitbit, Garmin, Jawbone, Withings), their data analysis and where these devices are going. Mayo Clinic physical therapists also led an interactive group postural assessment, including exercises to improve posture alignment.

In the afternoon, Dr. Kalyan Pasupathy, associate professor of healthcare systems engineering, described systems engineering and operations research projects conducted by the Mayo Clinic Engineering Learning Lab. Phil Hagen, M.D., presented data on the importance of sleep to health and performance. Don Hensrud, M.D., medical director of the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program, was the final speaker and provided an overview of the program’s activities, as well as closing comments.
The retreat concluded with a farewell dinner at the Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center.