The “My BP Lab” research study uses surveys and sensor data collected from participants’ phones to quantify and understand their daily stress. The research app, developed by Sage Bionetworks together with UCSF and Samsung, leverages an optical sensor embedded in the newly-released Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ smartphone to provide estimations of heart rate and blood pressure. With My BP Lab, participants can track variation in their blood pressure and stress levels relative to their daily experiences over the course of the three week study.
“This study potentially will provide the largest dataset ever obtained on stress levels, health behaviors, and physiological responses during the course of one’s daily life,” said Wendy Berry Mendes, UCSF Professor and Principal Investigator of the My BP Lab study. “By collecting subjective experiences, behaviors like sleep and exercise, and blood pressure levels across a three week period, we can identify the most important triggers of stress physiology.” Blood pressure, along with contextual information, can provide individuals with insights as to how their daily activities affect their stress levels and overall wellbeing.
My BP Lab is open to participants over the age of 18 living in the United States with a Samsung Galaxy S9 or Galaxy S9+. The research is being conducted under the supervision of Professor Wendy Berry Mendes at UCSF and uses optical sensor technology from Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. The My BP Lab study app is available on the study website and the app may be downloaded from the Google Play Store.
Press Release issued March 15,2018