The Human Project

The Human Project The Human Project is a first-of-its-kind big human data project. It will revolutionize our knowledge of human health & behavior and inform policy.
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The Human Project is a pioneering research initiative that aims to solve our community’s biggest challenges — from preventing diabetes and asthma to improving schools and relieving financial stress. Starting in 2018, we will invite 10,000 New Yorkers to share the tiny bits of information they create from moment to moment, every day. This simple act will help scientists reveal how all the millions of tiny puzzle pieces in our lives connect together, making New York — and our wider world — a cleaner, safer, and happier place to live.

Mission: The Human Project will elucidate novel insights into human health and behavior only achievable through the interdisciplinary analysis of a large dataset of measurements collected on a large cohort over the span of decades, and translate that research into evidenced-based public policies when possible. We will measure as many aspects as possible of 10,000 New York City resident volunteers in approximately 2,500 households to accomplish this, and in doing so enable the development of new theories, therapeutics, and policy recommendations currently unattainable through traditional studies of human beings.

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"Given the early results from Pittsburgh, predictive analytics looks like one of the most exciting innovations in child ...
01/02/2018
Can an Algorithm Tell When Kids Are in Danger?

"Given the early results from Pittsburgh, predictive analytics looks like one of the most exciting innovations in child protection in the last 20 years."

This is just a hint of the potential impact that our research platform could deliver -- joining forces with 10,000 New Yorkers, we can discover hidden connections between our bodies, behavior, and environment that power innovations across a wide range of public health and public policy challenges. More about us: TheHumanProject.org/About

Child protective agencies are haunted when they fail to save kids. Pittsburgh officials believe a new data analysis program is helping them make better judgment calls.

It's an age-old debate in education: Do we have to cure poverty to fix schools, or fix schools to cure poverty? By bring...
12/01/2017
Analysis: No quick fix for growing student poverty | The Altamont Enterprise

It's an age-old debate in education: Do we have to cure poverty to fix schools, or fix schools to cure poverty? By bringing in- and out-of-school data together, The Human Project may yield new insights about the complex factors that influence student success.

Students who come from poverty have a more difficult time learning, and local schools are tackling the problem at home and in the classroom.

11/21/2017
The Human Project

The Human Project

For our children, for our youth, for the unsung heroes...

11/20/2017
The Human Project

The Human Project

Go down in history. Help launch a study that could shape the future of our city.

The Human Project will collect an unprecedented trove of environmental, health, and behavioral data over the lifespan of...
11/16/2017
Neurodegenerative Diseases

The Human Project will collect an unprecedented trove of environmental, health, and behavioral data over the lifespan of 10,000 New Yorkers. By uncovering how these factors fit together to cause Alzheimer's, we may solve the puzzle to prevent it. #EndAlz

The mission of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is to discover how the environment affects people in order to promote healthier lives.

In London, officials are using smartphone data to better understand congestion patterns on the tube -- but smartphone ow...
11/03/2017
Tracking smartphone Wi-Fi signals reveals curious journeys on the London Underground

In London, officials are using smartphone data to better understand congestion patterns on the tube -- but smartphone ownership is uneven. The Human Project aims to understand how New Yorkers of ALL ages, backgrounds, and communities move around the city -- and how one's daily commute affects health, quality of life, and cost of living. That could hold the key to equitable, evidence-based solutions that benefit all of us.

A trial by TfL to track the movements of people by logging Wi-Fi identities has revealed some very curious journey patterns on the tube network.

By helping to identify risk factors, The Human Project aims to solve the puzzle to preventing Alzheimer's disease."Alzhe...
11/01/2017
Light in the Shadows

By helping to identify risk factors, The Human Project aims to solve the puzzle to preventing Alzheimer's disease.

"Alzheimer’s can take root decades before symptoms appear. The spark that sets it off remains in question, but the havoc it wreaks on the brain is indisputable: The key piece of the puzzle, is getting a firm grip on the factors that may keep Alzheimer’s at bay. When the end of the story of Alzheimer’s is written, it will be because of prevention.”

Albert Hofman is exploring an apparent decline in new cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

10/05/2017
Field Recruiters - Limited Term

#JobAlert Are you a graduate student, or a freelancer with political canvassing, sales, or other people-facing experience?

The Human Project is looking for Field Recruiters to conduct in-person interviews in various NYC neighborhoods including Bed-Stuyvesant, Sunset Park, and Greenpoint in Brooklyn. The recruiters will conduct surveys about potential participation in The Human Project.

If you are interested, please apply through the link below. #job #hiring

Position Description The HUMAN Project (THP) is seeking 18 energetic, passionate, and outgoing individuals to join our field team. Field Recruiters will conduct in-person household surveys and act as brand ambassadors for THP by effectively communicating THP’s values and goals in a professional and…

“[We should think of health equity] a social justice construct … [so we’re] thinking about criminal justice reform as it...
09/27/2017
'We, as a society, should be outraged': a conversation about public health

“[We should think of health equity] a social justice construct … [so we’re] thinking about criminal justice reform as it relates to opioids, or housing it relates to health, or access to clinical trials.” — Kate Walsh, President and CEO of Boston Medical Center. #publichealth #socialjustice

Leading figures in health and medicine sound an alarm about growing disparities between rich and poor, lack of scientific literacy in the public, and more.

08/08/2017
Social isolation, loneliness could be greater threat to public health than obesity

"There is robust evidence that social isolation and loneliness significantly increase risk for premature mortality, and the magnitude of the risk exceeds that of many leading health indicators." #publichealth

Loneliness and social isolation may represent a greater public health hazard than obesity, and their impact has been growing and will continue to grow, according to research.

5 hours, 50 people, 250 volunteer hours. The HUMAN Project and our tech partner D3 joined forces and teamed up with City...
08/07/2017

5 hours, 50 people, 250 volunteer hours. The HUMAN Project and our tech partner D3 joined forces and teamed up with CityScience for a community service event whose goal is to benefit the city we live in and our fellow New Yorkers.

We spent the morning building science kits that will go to three under-served NYC public schools, and the afternoon sorting out lego pieces which will be used in 9 after-school programs and enable hundreds of kids to participate in city-wide lego competitions.

Huge thanks to CityScience for collaborating with us, and for all the hard work they've done to help improve our city and community!

5 hours, 50 people, 250 volunteer hours. The HUMAN Project and our tech partner D3 joined forces and teamed up with CityScience for a community service event whose goal is to benefit the city we live in and our fellow New Yorkers.

We spent the morning building science kits that will go to three under-served NYC public schools, and the afternoon sorting out lego pieces which will be used in 9 after-school programs and enable hundreds of kids to participate in city-wide lego competitions.

Huge thanks to CityScience for collaborating with us, and for all the hard work they've done to help improve our city and community!

Tomorrow is our semi-annual, all-staff community service day! We are excited to team up with our tech partner Data Cubed...
08/03/2017

Tomorrow is our semi-annual, all-staff community service day! We are excited to team up with our tech partner Data Cubed, Inc. to help CityScience make science kits for public school students! #THP4NYC

07/28/2017
Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging releases cognition data for 51,000 participants | Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging

Now available: the CLSA research platform allows researchers and decision-makers to answer critical questions on the biological, medical, psychological, social, lifestyle and economic aspects of aging, disability and disease. #bighumandata

Cognition data collected at baseline on 51,000 participants in the Canadian Longitudinal Study on Aging (CLSA) are now available for access by researchers.

Last Tuesday, we visited Senior Planet Exploration Center and our Chief Scientist Hannah Bayer gave an intimate presenta...
07/27/2017

Last Tuesday, we visited Senior Planet Exploration Center and our Chief Scientist Hannah Bayer gave an intimate presentation about our project. We were met by an engaged audience and got lots of excellent questions! Huge thanks to Senior Planet for having us!

Last Tuesday, we visited Senior Planet Exploration Center and our Chief Scientist Hannah Bayer gave an intimate presentation about our project. We were met by an engaged audience and got lots of excellent questions! Huge thanks to Senior Planet for having us!

Researchers found that 'optimal' microbiome for cognitive and psychiatric outcomes may be different than an 'optimal' mi...
07/24/2017
In baby's dirty diapers, the clues to baby's brain development

Researchers found that 'optimal' microbiome for cognitive and psychiatric outcomes may be different than an 'optimal' microbiome for other outcomes.

Can the kinds of microbes colonizing the gut at age 1 predict later cognitive development? Findings from the UNC School of Medicine shed light on the surprising role of bacteria in how our brains develop during the first years of life.

A new group of studies into racial disparities among people with #Alzheimers disease suggests that social conditions, in...
07/17/2017
Stress of poverty, racism raise risk of Alzheimer’s for African Americans, new research suggests

A new group of studies into racial disparities among people with #Alzheimers disease suggests that social conditions, including the stress of poverty and racism, substantially raise the risks of dementia for African Americans.

Four studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association’s annual conference examined the role poor living conditions and other social factors play in racial disparities

Poverty affects children's brains and their long-term socioeconomic well-being, but there are ways to help. #neuroeconom...
07/14/2017
The neuroscience of inequality: does poverty show up in children's brains?

Poverty affects children's brains and their long-term socioeconomic well-being, but there are ways to help. #neuroeconomics

There is increasing evidence that growing up poor diminishes the physical development of a child’s brain. A landmark US study is attempting to establish a causal link – and unlock new ways to help our poorest children

In the age of big data, how do we adapt traditional, offline ethical standards for research involving data collection fr...
07/07/2017
Children and the Data Cycle:Rights and Ethics in a Big Data World

In the age of big data, how do we adapt traditional, offline ethical standards for research involving data collection from children, to a big data, online environment? #bigdata

In an era of increasing dependence on data science and big data, the voices of one set of major stakeholders – the world’s children and those who advocate on their behalf – have been largely absent. A recent paper estimates one in three global

07/05/2017
Harnessing Context Sensing to Develop a Mobile Intervention for Depression

#Cellphones can be used to detect when depressed patients require assistance & provide momentary interventions. #mHealth

Mobile phone sensors can be used to develop context-aware systems that automatically detect when patients require assistance. Mobile phones can also provide ecological momentary interventions that deliver tailored assistance during problematic situations. However, such approaches have not yet been u...

06/28/2017
Careers — The HUMAN Project

Do you like challenges and constantly pushing the boundaries of what is possible? Do you want to work with a passionate team of scientists, creatives, and technologists & be part of a ground-breaking study? The HUMAN Project is hiring for a variety of roles in our NYC office! #jobs #hiring

We need dynamic team members with a strong sense of intellectual curiosity and a desire to affect positive change in the world who will thrive in a start-up like environment while benefiting from the stability of working for one of the premiere universities in the world, New York University. You wil...

What do you get when you multiply personal data from 10,000 people by 20 years? The answer: “The Human Project.”
06/26/2017
'Human Project' study will ask 10,000 to share life's data

What do you get when you multiply personal data from 10,000 people by 20 years? The answer: “The Human Project.”

NEW YORK (AP) — Wanted: 10,000 New Yorkers interested in advancing science by sharing a trove of personal information, from cellphone locations and credit-card swipes to blood sam

After our stories ran in the The New York Times and other media outlets, many of you asked how to volunteer in our study...
06/20/2017

After our stories ran in the The New York Times and other media outlets, many of you asked how to volunteer in our study. Our participant recruitment is currently scheduled to take place early next year, but if you don't want to wait that long to get involved, please consider being a part of The Sentinel Group - to help us beta test our data collection technologies and discover new patterns about yourself with your own data. View the flyer or visit the link: https://www.thehumanproject.org/sentinelgroup/

Another example of solving societal challenges through #bigdata: identifying human trafficking hot spots.
06/09/2017
Big data maps India's human traffic hot spots

Another example of solving societal challenges through #bigdata: identifying human trafficking hot spots.

By Nita BhallaNEW DELHI (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - An Indian charity is using big data to pinpoint human trafficking hot spots in a bid to preven

#WSF17 Did you "meet" us last Sunday at the World Science Festival? Check out the telling data we collected through our ...
06/07/2017
The HUMAN Project @ World Science Festival 2017 — The HUMAN Project

#WSF17 Did you "meet" us last Sunday at the World Science Festival? Check out the telling data we collected through our fun memory game:

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, The HUMAN Project team exhibited a booth at the World Science Festival’s Ultimate Science Sunday Fair from 10-6pm in NYU’s Kimmel Center. The World Science Festival is an annual production from the World Science Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in New York...

The HUMAN Project exhibited at this year's World Science Festival on June 4, with the theme "Aging and Memory: the facto...
06/06/2017

The HUMAN Project exhibited at this year's World Science Festival on June 4, with the theme "Aging and Memory: the factors that can affect your memory". It was so great to meet so many festival goers who were curious and eager to learn all the factors that affect our memory. All of us had a blast!

The HUMAN Project exhibited at this year's World Science Festival on June 4, with the theme "Aging and Memory: the factors that can affect your memory". It was so great to meet so many festival goers who were curious and eager to learn all the factors that affect our memory. All of us had a blast!

A glimpse into what we are doing here at The HUMAN Project (THP) in Today's The New York Times: THP director Paul Glimch...
06/05/2017
10,000 New Yorkers. 2 Decades. A Data Trove About ‘Everything.’

A glimpse into what we are doing here at The HUMAN Project (THP) in Today's The New York Times: THP director Paul Glimcher explains how we will collect unprecedentedly comprehensive sets of data from 10,000 New Yorkers for 20 years to build a first-of-its-kind research platform, and help improve public health, education, and create an atlas for the human experience. #THP4NYC

This fall, the Human Project will start recruiting thousands of people willing to open up virtually every aspect of their lives to researchers.

Don't miss our booth at the World Science Festival this Sunday! Come and learn more about brain & memory via fun games! ...
06/02/2017
The HUMAN Project @ World Science Festival 2017 — The HUMAN Project

Don't miss our booth at the World Science Festival this Sunday! Come and learn more about brain & memory via fun games! Details: 👇 #WSF17 #THP4NYC

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, The HUMAN Project team will exhibit a booth at the World Science Festival’s Ultimate Science Sunday Fair from 10-6pm in NYU’s Kimmel Center. The World Science Festival is an annual production from the World Science Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in New Y...

The HUMAN Project will exhibit a booth at the World Science Festival’s Ultimate Science Sunday Fair on June, 4 from 10-6...
05/17/2017
The HUMAN Project @ World Science Festival 2017 — The HUMAN Project

The HUMAN Project will exhibit a booth at the World Science Festival’s Ultimate Science Sunday Fair on June, 4 from 10-6pm in NYU’s Kimmel Center. Come play fun games, and learn all of the different factors that have an impact on memory and why it is important to study people for long periods of time!

On Sunday, June 4, 2017, The HUMAN Project team will exhibit a booth at the World Science Festival’s Ultimate Science Sunday Fair from 10-6pm in NYU’s Kimmel Center. The World Science Festival is an annual production from the World Science Foundation, a non-profit organization headquartered in New Y...

Join New York University's research study, The Sentinel Group, to test mobile-based data collection technologies while g...
04/26/2017

Join New York University's research study, The Sentinel Group, to test mobile-based data collection technologies while generating all kinds of data about yourself. Discover new life patterns with your own data, and help us create the research tools of the future!

We need individuals and families who love science and tech to participate and make a difference: bit.ly/thesentinelgroup

Join New York University's research study, The Sentinel Group, to test mobile-based data collection technologies while g...
04/26/2017

Join New York University's research study, The Sentinel Group, to test mobile-based data collection technologies while generating all kinds of data about yourself. Uncover new life patterns by playing with your own data, and help us create the research tools of the future!

We need teenagers and families with teens who love science and tech to participate and make a difference: bit.ly/thesentinelgroup

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