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While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease, the seventh-largest killer in the world, citizens around the world will attempt to get closer to one on Citizen Science Day.
It is estimated that just two hours of participation by each person on Saturday, April 13 will accelerate Alzheimer’s research being carried out at Cornell University by one year.
On Citizen Science Day, everyone, everywhere can directly impact Alzheimer’s research simply by participating in the day’s Megathon activity – stall catching – an activity that will support research exploring a connection between the disease and clogged blood vessels in the brain, known as “stalls.” By reducing the number of stalls, the lab at Cornell was able to restore memory and reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms in mice. Citizen scientists (volunteers) will assist the research by identifying when they see these stalls occur.
Those wanting to participate can do so from any of these four ASU campus locations:
Citizen science is described as a collaborative process between scientists and the general public to spur the collection of data. Using crowdsourcing, citizen scientists are able to make a real scientific impact simply by their numbers. Anyone can be a citizen scientist, given the right tools, guidance and collaboration.
Interested in participating in Citizen Science Day at ASU? Be sure to register!