Discovery Talks are the research community's international seminar series. Featuring influential research leaders from around the globe, the series promotes knowledge exchange, fosters international collaborations and showcases the latest innovations in research.
The Evidence to Innovation Theme at BC Children's Hospital presents:


Cellphone use while driving: prevalence, policy evaluation, and technological intervention  

Motao Zhu, MD, MS, PhD 
Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the Ohio State University College of Medicine

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the epidemiologic patterns of cellphone use while driving
  • Assess the effects of policy interventions in the US on cellphone use while driving
  • Discuss the potential technological solutions to reduce cellphone use while driving


The seminar is scheduled for Tuesday, July 31, 2018, 12 - 1 p.m. at the Chan Centre for Family Health Education, BC Children's Hospital Research Institute (Map). Lunch will follow in the Chieng Family Atrium. 

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Discovery Talks is accredited as a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. CME credits are available for all participants.

About the Speaker

Dr. Motao Zhu is a Principal Investigator at the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital, and an Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the Ohio State University in the United States. He studies traffic injuries and travel behaviours with a focus on policy and technology. He has received multiple grants from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and has also authored more than 50 articles and 3 book chapters.

Dr. Zhu is an elected Fellow of the American College of Epidemiology. Currently, he is the Program Chair of young-driver research on the US Transportation Research Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Video recordings of previous lectures are available online: Video Library. These may be useful for classes, or of interest to those who are unable to attend events. 

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