Intel and the Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) have teamed up in an effort to combat Parkinson’s disease.

The technology giant announced on Wednesday that it will be working with the Michael J. Fox Foundation to give patients with Parkinson’s wearable devices that will collect data from them, hopefully allowing for researchers to learn new information about the disease.

Some of the data collected will include movement speed, sleep quality, and the frequency of hand tremors.

“The variability in Parkinson’s symptoms creates unique challenges in monitoring progression of the disease,” said Diane Bryant, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group.

“Emerging technologies can not only create a new paradigm for measurement of Parkinson’s, but as more data is made available to the medical community, it may also point to currently unidentified features of the disease that could lead to new areas of research.”

The foundation will be providing Intel with the necessary funding for these devices. MJFF has provided millions of dollars to different organizations in order to learn more about Parkinson’s disease. The organization was founded in 2000 after Back to the Future actor Michael J. Fox was diagnosed with the disease.

“Nearly 200 years after Parkinson’s disease was first described by Dr. James Parkinson in 1817, we are still subjectively measuring Parkinson’s disease largely the same way doctors did then,” noted Todd Sherer, CEO of The Michael J. Fox Foundation.

“Data science and wearable computing hold the potential to transform our ability to capture and objectively measure patients’ actual experience of disease, with unprecedented implications for Parkinson’s drug development, diagnosis and treatment.”

For more information on the partnership, check out Intel’s official announcement here.

Intel has also released a video on YouTube which seeks to explain the project, and mention how it will be able to help people with Parkinson’s in the future. The video can be seen below.


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