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INFORMATION FOR

Garrett Ash, PhD

Associate Research Scientist

Contact Information

Garrett Ash, PhD

Mailing Address

  • Yale School of Medicine

    Center for Medical Informatics, 300 George Street; PO Box 208009

    New Haven, CT 06511

    United States

Biography

My primary research focus is combining continuous glucose monitors (CGM) with digital fitness tools to develop interventions for people with type 1 diabetes across the lifespan. This includes a mobile application that leverages analytics of high-density biosensor data to recognize glucose aberrancies around exercise and provide tailored coaching to adults, as well as gamified peer-group exercise for teenagers. I am also funded by the Veterans Health Administration Innovations Ecosystem (VHAIE) as a Quality Improvement Evaluator for Project Resilience, which has provided fitness watches and mobile lifestyle coaching to 10,000 Veterans so we can explore ways these tools can be integrated into Veteran healthcare. I am also VHAIE’s national clinical champion for related projects including a Digital Health Platform to integrate CGM and fitness data into the VHA electronic medical record, an Office of Connected Care multidisciplinary intervention for uncontrolled diabetes, a Center for Care and Payment Innovation exploration of CGM for Veterans with early-stage type 2 diabetes, and the pilot study for a VHA Health Services Research & Development proposal using CGM for integrated telemedicine. In all this work, I align closely with nationally leading industry and non-profit stakeholders in the type 1 and 2 diabetes spaces, so that my research narrows the gap from clinical trials to implementation. Finally, this experience in the clinical and behavioral aspects of wearable sensors led me to participate as a stakeholder panel leader for the Sports Tech Research Network.


Education & Training

  • Associated Health Fellow
    Veterans Afffairs Connecticut Health Center (2022)
  • PhD
    University of Connecticut, Exercise Physiology (2015)
  • MSc
    University of Oxford, Science and Medicine of Athletic Performance (2009)
  • BA
    Swarthmore College, Chemistry (2005)

Activities

  • Combining Diabetes Technology with Digital Fitness for People with Type 1 Diabetes Plus Sedentary Lifestyle and/or Overweight
    New York, NY, United States 2022
    Combining Diabetes Technology with Digital Fitness for People with Type 1 Diabetes Plus Sedentary Lifestyle and/or Overweight
  • Combining Diabetes Technology with Digital Fitness for People with Type 1 Diabetes Plus Sedentary Lifestyle and/or Overweight
    Hong Kong, Hong Kong 2022
    Combining Diabetes Technology with Digital Fitness for People with Type 1 Diabetes Plus Sedentary Lifestyle and/or Overweight
  • Evaluation of methods to recruit adults with type 1 diabetes for a mobile exercise support program during a pandemic
    Virtual meeting 2021
    Evaluation of methods to recruit adults with type 1 diabetes for a mobile exercise support program during a pandemic
  • Exercise Support for People with Type 1 Diabetes Plus Sedentary Lifestyle and/or Overweight
    Indianapolis, IN, United States 2020
    Exercise Support for People with Type 1 Diabetes Plus Sedentary Lifestyle and/or Overweight
  • Using Web-Based Social Media to Recruit Heavy-Drinking Young Adults for Sleep Intervention
    San Francisco, CA, United States 2020
    Using Web-Based Social Media to Recruit Heavy-Drinking Young Adults for Sleep Intervention
  • The New Guiding Reference Standard for Wearable Devices by the International Federation of Sports Medicine: Open Forum for ACSM Membership Feedback
    Providence, RI, United States 2019
    The New Guiding Reference Standard for Wearable Devices by the International Federation of Sports Medicine: Open Forum for ACSM Membership Feedback
  • Bidirectional Relationships of Daily Physical Activity and Sleep Among Patients with Heart Failure and Insomnia
    Orlando, FL, United States 2019
    Bidirectional Relationships of Daily Physical Activity and Sleep Among Patients with Heart Failure and Insomnia
  • Coaching Exercise for Type 1 Diabetes; From Sedentary Children to Student-Athletes, Using Personalized and Group-Based Approaches
    Providence, RI, United States 2018
    Coaching Exercise for Type 1 Diabetes; From Sedentary Children to Student-Athletes, Using Personalized and Group-Based Approaches
  • Bright 1 Bodies: Extending the Bright Bodies Weight Management Program to Sedentary Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).
    New Orleans, LA, United States 2018
    Bright 1 Bodies: Extending the Bright Bodies Weight Management Program to Sedentary Adolescents with Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).
  • Comparison of the Clinical Determinants of the Blood Pressure Response Following Two Different Exercise Modalities
    San Diego, CA, United States 2015
    Comparison of the Clinical Determinants of the Blood Pressure Response Following Two Different Exercise Modalities
  • The Immediate and Long-Lasting Antihypertensive Effects of Aerobic Versus Isometric Handgrip Exercise
    Orlando, FL, United States 2014
    The Immediate and Long-Lasting Antihypertensive Effects of Aerobic Versus Isometric Handgrip Exercise
  • The Immediate Antihypertensive Effects of Aerobic Versus Isometric Handgrip Exercise
    Indianapolis, IN, United States 2013
    The Immediate Antihypertensive Effects of Aerobic Versus Isometric Handgrip Exercise
  • Clinical and Genetic Determinants of Blood Pressure under Ambulatory Conditions on Days with and without Exercise
    Boston, MA, United States 2013
    Clinical and Genetic Determinants of Blood Pressure under Ambulatory Conditions on Days with and without Exercise
  • Exercise Prescription for Health: New and Emerging Findings Using Blood Pressure as a Model.
    Providence, RI, United States 2012
    Exercise Prescription for Health: New and Emerging Findings Using Blood Pressure as a Model.
  • Evidence for the Importance of Genomics in Exercise: Insights from the FAMuSS Study.
    Providence, RI, United States 2011
    Evidence for the Importance of Genomics in Exercise: Insights from the FAMuSS Study.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Yale Lifesciences Pitchfest SemifinalistOffice of Cooperative Research2021
Top Reviewers for Clinical Medicine AwardPublons2018
New Investigator AwardNew England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine2016
National Doctoral Scholar AwardAmerican Kinesiology Association2015
Outstanding Doctoral Student ScholarshipUniversity of Connecticut, Department of Kinesiology2015

Professional Service

OrganizationRoleDate
Sports Tech Research NetworkCommittee planning first annual summit2022 - Present
Journal of Clinical HypertensionAssociate Editor2022 - Present
Advisory Committee for Master of Science in Human Performance & Clinical Exercise Physiology, Southern Connecticut State UniversityMember2022 - Present
Sports Tech Research NetworkCommittee to design framework for quality assessment of sports technologies.2021 - Present
Yale School of NursingDissertation committee member (reader) for Shuyuan Huang2019 - 2022
Journal of Strength and Conditioning ResearchAssociate Editor2016 - Present
Running Across BordersSocial Enterprise focused on grassroots athletics, education, and sports travel in East Africa. Partner with Town of Runners award-winning documentary and featured in press (Runnersworld, Scientific American, CNN, BBC)2009 - Present