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Welcome to the Personal Activity and Location Measurement System (
Overview of the PALMS system
PALMS is a fully integrated measurement system that is capable of estimating Physical Activity Energy Expenditure (PAEE) by combining
Activity data collected by accelerometers
Heart rate collected by heart rate monitors
Location data collect by GPS data loggers
PALMS provides significant advantages over currently-available measurement approaches and contributes to understanding relationships between PAEE, the environment, and health-related factors at the individual and population level.
PALMS is a web-based application that supports data collection and analysis for multiple studies among multiple researchers across various disciplines. The PALMS has been designed to promote data sharing across the public, private and academic domains.
PALMS is funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the Genes, Environment and Health Initiative (GEI), a collaboration between geneticists and environmental scientists.
Click here to see a demonstration video of PALMS.
For additional information, download this factsheet:
PALMS Factsheet 2011-10-21.pdf
Read about PALMS in the
GPS Health Research Network
's January 2012 newsletter:
GPS-HRN Newsletter T1 2012.pdf
Map of PALMS user organizations - Oct 2014
PALMS is used by 87 research organizations in 16 countries.
Growth of PALMS User Community
Growth of PALMS Database
How to get involved:
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