Sage Bionetworks Launches DREAM Challenge to Identify Best Uses for Remote Sensing Devices


Sage Bionetworks has launched the Parkinson’s Disease Digital Biomarker DREAM Challenge, the first in a series of open, crowd-sourced analytical projects to help researchers identify ways to use smartphones and remote sensing devices to monitor health and disease. With funding provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research, the challenge will use sensors to identify aspects of Parkinson’s disease severity. The data used include accelerometer, magnetometer, and gyroscope data collected in two separate studies of Parkinson’s disease patients. The challenge will also use data collected during activities from the MJFF-sponsored Levodopa Response Trial, in which individuals were monitored with three to eight accelerometer sensors while they performed a variety of motor and ethnographically valid tasks. The trial was spread over two in-clinic days and two at-home days. In clinical visits, participants performed 18 tasks, six times each, while raw data was captured for home visits. Study results are expected in the fall, and the researcher teams with the best methods for processing sensor data will share a $25,000 prize from the Michael J. Fox Foundation.


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