mining big data from a Parkinson’s Disease mobile research study

2015 DREAM Challenges, powered by Sage BionetworksThe Data
mPower, is an App-based clinical study, focused on Parkinson Disease (PD), developed by Sage Bionetworks and the University of Rochester. As of August 2015, mPower enrolled 18,000 participants - the largest PD study ever. The data being collected from this study will be made available for this year’s DREAM Conference Hackathon’s participants.

Helping Parkinson’s Disease Patients
Typically symptoms in PD patients are evaluated and recorded twice a year, when the patient goes to the doctor. Between these doctor’s visits, a patient’s disease status is left unmonitored, and important decisions about interventions are often not made in a timely manner. mPower is built to allow patients to continuously track their PD signs and symptoms, generating data on the patient’s voice (pitch and tremor), balance, walking and finger speed and dexterity.

The DREAM Conference Hackathon
The goal of this hackathon is to use the mPower data to generate insights about PD. The data is collected using Sage Bionetworks Bridge Server, and Sage scientists have already proved that valuable information can be extracted from the mPower study. However there is a lot more work to be done. In this hackathon participants will bring their expertise and creative energies to develop ideas, models or proposals on how best to glean insights from this powerful study.

In order to participate in the Hackathon, you will have to:

  1. Register for the RECOMB/ISCB Regulatory & Systems Genomics/DREAM Conference.  Click here to Register.
  2. Become a certified user in Synapse and Register for the Hackathon:  https://www.synapse.org/dreamhackathon. It will be useful if you explore the R or Python analytical clients through Synapse.
  3. Reserve the evenings of November 15-16 for the first DREAM Hackathon. Pizza, beer, mPower data, compute and a collaborative workspace is on us.
  4. Bring your laptop and great ideas on how to learn the most from the mPower data.

DREAM Hackathon Agenda

DAY 1 - Sunday, November 15, 2015
6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
6:00 pm - 6:15 pm The Beginnings of an Open Ecosystem in mHealth (Brian Bot)
6:15 pm - 6:30 pm Description of the mPower Study
(Elias Chaibub Neto)
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Set up of computers, Teams, wikis and familiarization with the data
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Hacking on the mPower data, fueled with pizza and beer

DAY 2 - Monday, November 16, 2015
6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
6:30 pm - 7:00 pm Hacking on the mPower data, fueled with pizza and beer.
8:30 pm - 9:30 pm Lightening talks from hacking Teams.