Fitrockr & Garmin announce 2023 Americas Research Grant winners

Fitrockr & Garmin announce 2023 AMERICAS Research Grant winners

Jan 23, 2024

Fitrockr Health Solutions & Garmin Health Research award innovative use of wearable health data and the Garmin device ecosystem—powered by the Fitrockr platform

Fitrockr & Garmin today announced the winners of their 2023 AMERICAS Garmin Health Research Grant which awards innovative research based on health data from Garmin smartwatches. 

The AMERICAS grant winners and their projects are as follows:

North Carolina State University — USA
Enhancing Cardiac Health Monitoring through Machine Learning and Wearable Technology.

The core objective of this study is to develop an accessible, noninvasive cardiac monitoring system that delivers real-time, detailed ECG monitoring for all individuals. Leveraging wearables such as wristbands and chest strips, this project aims to offer an unprecedented level of cardiac data analysis, suitable for individuals without prior heart disease diagnosis, facilitating early detection and preventive care.

Data collection: daily health and activity data, heartrate, respiration, pulse oxygen, HRV, accelerometer.

Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center — USA
The Hartsville Heart Health Community Prevention Project using tools of medical cybernetics.

We would like to explore the possibility of using wearable sensors of Garmin in volunteers in a rural community of Hartsville, SC for preventive purposes using a CPS app for feedback. We would feed data from Garmin devices to our proprietary process modeling and risk prediction software. With the preliminary data of this observational feasibility study, we would have feasibility results that would determine if we will apply for further funding from the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) for both Phase I and Phase II (clinical trial) of the grant opportunity PA-23-230 and local funding as well from the Byerly Foundation ( 

Data collection: daily health and activity data, workout details, sleep, heartrate, HRV, stress, steps, pulse oxygen, respiration, accelerometer.

Instituto Nacional de Astrofisica, Optica y Electronica (INAOE) — Mexico
Synchronization of multiple biosignals to quantitatively analyze emotional states in young people with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

The study aims to investigate the associations between selected lifestyle determinants and their underlying physiological responses that represent individual health and well-being biomarkers while wearing a Garmin smartwatch. The pilot study will monitor selected lifestyle factors coupled with monitoring their underlying physiological responses in a sample of five healthy adults. The pilot study results will provide necessary information for calculating the sample size and assessing other aspects of the following main study, which aims to create an innovative digital diary app in coherence with the Fitrockr Hub application. 

Data collection: heartrate, respiration, sleep, HRV, daily health and activity data, stress, accelerometer, gyroscope

University of Calgary — Canada
Personalized Health Algorithms using Wearable Devices.

Our goal is to move from self tracking to self quantification. The Doyle-Baker lab is using the approach of an algorithm focused on individualized performance (optimal) readiness in elite athletes due to (aka no two menstrual cycles are the same or equal) the variability in menstrual cycles (MC) (Funded by Own the Podium (OTP)( 

Data collection: workout details, sleep, HRV, heartrate, steps, respiration, accelerometer, daily health and activity data.

Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile — Chile

Advancing Cardiovascular Health Monitoring: A Comprehensive Study Utilizing Garmin Wearables in Collaboration with the Chilean Navy.

This study seeks to assess the impact of the intervention on cardiovascular health indicators among naval personnel, responding to concerning health outcomes observed, particularly in cardiovascular health. Drawing insights from prior interventions, the primary objective is to compare changes in cardiovascular health parameters, including daily health and activity data, workout details, sleep patterns, HRV, heart rate, stress levels, steps, pulse oxygen, respiration, zero crossing, and accelerometer or gyroscope data. The ongoing collaboration integrates lessons from previous health initiatives, emphasizing metabolic syndrome severity and work ability.

Data collection: daily health and activity data, workout details, Sleep, HRV, heartrate, stress, steps, pulse oxygen, zero crossing, respiration, accelerometer, gyroscope.

Winners to receive Garmin wearables and more
All grant winners will receive five Garmin wearables with the latest sensor technology, three months of unlimited access to the Fitrockr platform for up to 50 users and a winner’s certificate. Thereby the researchers benefit from the reliable collaborator network as well as the potential to be featured on the Garmin Health blog.

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