In the last few weeks our community has launched a plethora of new projects that you can join to collect more data about yourself as well as new research opportunities covering topics from the genetics of personality over blood pressure tracking to cluster headaches. Find out more about those projects below:
QCycle: Tracking ovulatory cycles
QCycle is a participatory research study that follows the spirit of the Quantified Self. As a collaboration between Azure Grant at the University of California, Berkeley and all participants, the study is interested in mapping the diversity of biological rhythms such as the ovulatory cycle through different wearable devices such as the Oura Ring. In the long-term one of the aims could be creating open-source ovulation predictions.
As the study is a collaborative project, you can also bring along your own research questions as a participant. Visit the study website to learn more on the aims and how it works.
Genetics of Personality Type
If you have your own genetic data from 23andMe, AncestryDNA or FamiliyTreeDNA you might be interested in the Genetics of Personality Type study of Dr. Denise Cook of the Ronin Institute. In her study, Denise wants to find out whether it is possible to find genetic variants that are correlated with the personality type as defined by different questionnaires that make use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator.
After joining the study you will be asked to fill out 3 surveys, the results of which will be deposited in your Open Humans account as well. You can learn more about the study and join it on the study website.
Nobism: Tracking cluster headaches
The cluster headache patient community around Nobism has been particularly active in the last few weeks. Under the lead of Rogier Koning , the community was awarded one of the Open Humans project grants. The grant allowed them to integrate a data synchronization into their mobile application for tracking symptoms and interventions. Check out their app for iOS and Android.
Thanks to a collaboration with the Ubiqum Code Academy you can already use the data collected by the mobile apps to get personalized reports and data visualizations. In the Nobism Ubiqum Cluster Headache Project a team of data science students will create evolving, monthly reports based on the data you collect.
Last but not least you can also decide to share those individualized reports with the larger Nobism community through the nobism reports for Advocating project. By sharing those reports you allow the larger community to use those reports in outreach materials like presentations.