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Presented By Human Computation Institute
Goal Speed up Alzheimer's research
Task Build 3D blood flow models and discover stalled vessels.
Where Online only

Help scientists analyze brain blood flow movies - are blood vessels flowing or stalled?

One symptom of Alzheimer’s that has been known since the discovery of the disease is reduced blood flow to the brain, but until now, nobody knew why. That is why this aspect of the disease, which likely contributes to cognitive problems and accelerates injury to brain cells, has remained untreated.

New specialized imaging techniques have allowed Cornell University researchers to discover a potential cause of the reduced blood flow. This suggests new treatment approaches that could slow progression of the disease to delay, or even prevent, the onset of symptoms, and possibly restore some cognitive function when symptoms are present.

However, understanding the molecular basis of the process, and homing in on the specific pharmaceutical targets using current methods could take decades, limited primarily by the need for extensive manual image analysis. Crowdsourcing this analysis to citizen scientists could reduce that time to just a few years.

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Special Skills Finding stalls is quick and easy and one could spend just a few minutes at a time on this while standing in line at the grocery store, though some people like to do this for longer periods.
Ideal Age Group Middle school (11 - 13 years), High school (14 - 17 years), College, Graduate students, Adults, Families, Seniors
Ideal Frequency Per week
Average Time Less than an hour
Spend the Time indoors
Type of Activity Exclusively online, While fishing, In the car, At home, At school, At night, At sports stadiums
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Tags alz, alzheimer, alzheimer's disease, biomedical, catchers, citsci4alz, cognitive, cure, dementia, disease, health, stall, stallcatchers
Project Updated 09/06/2017