Apr 18, 2024

Temerty Centre Speaker Series: Dr. Jessilyn Dunn

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DATE: Apr. 18, 2024 (Thur.)
TIME: 12pm to 1pm ET
PRESENTER: Dr. Jessilyn Dunn
NOTE: This event is CPD-accredited for physicians

This presentation has already taken place. You can view a recording of it on the Past Events section of our website.


Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering and Biostatistics & Bioinformatics, Duke University


The Digital Physiome: Wearables for Disease Detection and Monitoring


Digital health is rapidly expanding due to surging healthcare costs, deteriorating health outcomes, and the growing prevalence and accessibility of mobile health and wearable technologies. Recent technological advancements make it possible to closely and continuously monitor individuals using multiple measurement modalities in real time. We are collecting and integrating such wearables data with clinical information to gain a more precise understanding of health and disease and develop actionable, predictive health models for improving cardiometabolic and infectious respiratory disease outcomes. We are simultaneously developing open source data science and machine learning tools for the digital health community, including the Digital Biomarker Discovery Pipeline (DBDP), to facilitate the use of mobile device data in healthcare.


• Learn the definition of a digital biomarker  

• Understand the “data supply chain” for a wearable device 

• Learn about methods to evaluate wearable devices and the data generated from them 

• Explore real-world applications of digital biomarkers.


Dr. Jessilyn Dunn is Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Biostatistics & Bioinformatics at Duke University and Director of the BIG IDEAs Laboratory, whose goal is to detect, treat, and prevent chronic and acute diseases through digital health innovation.

She is PI of the CovIdentify study to detect and monitor COVID-19 using mobile health technologies, and PI of a Chan Zuckerberg Initiative grant to develop the DBDP, an open-source software platform for digital biomarker development.

Dr. Dunn was an NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Georgia Tech and Emory, as well as a visiting scholar at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Cardiovascular Research Institute in Madrid, Spain. Her work has been internationally recognized with media coverage from the NIH Director’s Blog to Wired, Time, and US News and World Report.