Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) - PPMI Data Challenge

Funding Agency:
Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research

The Parkinson's Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI) has generated a comprehensive, standardized, longitudinal set of clinical, biological and imaging data unique to the Parkinson's disease (PD) field and ripe for novel and innovative exploration. Study sponsor The Michael J. Fox Foundation (MJFF) seeks to stimulate analysis of this robust dataset while offering an opportunity for cross-disciplinary collaboration. By casting an open call to a rapidly expanding network of computational scientists, data scientists and neuroscientists, MJFF aims to gather new insights into PD diagnosis and progression. In an effort to assist analysts who may be unfamiliar with Parkinson's disease, MJFF has established a team of subject matter experts to collaborate with applicants as they analyze the PPMI dataset. These PD experts will assist in understanding the rationale for the challenge questions and the nuances of the data set components.

Challenge to the data science community:
Develop a quantitative model to answer one of the following questions:

  • What factors at baseline predict clinical progression?
  • What are the sub–types of Parkinson's disease?

Deadline: Sep. 7, 2016

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Amount Description

The PPMI Data Challenge offers $50,000 in total prizes, awarding a $25,000 cash prize to the most comprehensive and applicable answer to each question. GE Healthcare, a PPMI industry partner, and MJFF each are providing $25,000 for the prizes.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Medical - Basic Science
Medical - Clinical Science
Medical - Translational

External Deadline

September 7, 2016