100 for Parkinson’s is a global project asking 100,000 people to track their health for 100 days, using an app, to help understand the impact of Parkinson’s and provide new research
100 for Parkinson’s is, led by UK digital health startup uMotif, and supported by organisations such as The Cure Parkinson’s Trust, Parkinson’s UK, Nesta and the Cabinet Office.
A survey by The Cure Parkinson’s Trust revealed that 90% of people with Parkinson’s were interested in using technology to understand their symptoms.
Through 100 for Parkinson’s, patients can use smartphone technology through the UMotif app to track their symptoms. The app will enable people to track sleep quality, mood, exercise, diet and stress levels, areas that are commonly affected by the disease, according to uMotif.
Bruce Hellman, chief executive of uMotif said: “100 for Parkinson’s will find out how smartphone platforms can help people with Parkinson’s, and everyone else, to understand their own bodies.
“Patients with Parkinson’s often only visit a doctor twice a year, so knowing more about their health will help them to bridge the gap between health visits and better understand their symptoms.”
Helen Matthews, from The Cure Parkinson’s Trust said: “Every person’s Parkinson’s is different and hugely changeable.
“Tracking even the simplest of changes allows people to not only better understand their health, but provides essential data for research. This will give us a better understanding of the impact on quality of life of potential new treatments to slow, stop and reverse Parkinson’s.”
Anyone can take part in the project and the donated data will contribute to academic research approved by a committee led by The Cure Parkinson’s Trust and Parkinson’s UK, helping to unlock new discoveries in Parkinson’s, according to uMotif.