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The Sciences

Help accelerate biomedical research from the comfort of your couch

Citizen Science SalonBy Jenny CutraroApril 28, 2017 2:35 AM

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No scalpel required!

Learn how to identify images of clogged blood vessels to accelerate Alzheimer's research or trace 3D images of neurons to shed light on how these structures influence behavior.

SciStarter's editors hand-picked five, biomedical research projects we think you'll love. You can do these free projects and contribute to research all from the comfort of home!

Find more projects and events on SciStarter, to do now or bookmark for later.

Bonus: Complete your SciStarter profile this month and we'll send you a free digital copy of The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science.

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The SciStarter Team

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EyesOnALZ

Speed up Alzheimer's research simply by clicking on video images that show clogged (or "stalled") blood vessels. Scientists think stalled blood flow may contribute to Alzheimer's and they need your help to identify stalls in short videos of (real!) ultrasound images. All ages are welcome to participate. You'll view a brief tutorial before you get started.

Location: Online

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The Biomedical Citizen Science Hub (CitSciBio)

Find and share biomedical citizen science resources through the National Institute of Health-supported CitSciBio. This hub is your source for resources, projects, references, methods and communities about biomedical citizen science research.

Location: Online 

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Mozak: Brainbuilder

Humans still outperform computers at identifying complex shapes like neurons. Simply trace 3D images of brain neurons (on your computer) to shed light on how neuron structure influences brain function. Since Mozak launched in November, citizen scientists (like you!) have reconstructed neurons 3.6 times faster than earlier methods!

Location: Online

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Mark2Cure

If you can read, you can help. With Mark2Cure you are trained to identify scientific concepts and mark, or annotate, those concepts in scientific literature. Help scientists find information they need to solve complex problems.

Location: Online

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Citizen Endo

Help improve the medical field's understanding of endometriosis symptoms on daily life. You can participate (with or without endometriosis) by tracking your daily experiences using the Phendo app.

Location: Online

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Celebrate Citizen Science Days through May 20th!

More than 100 events are listed on SciStarter. From BioBlitzes, to trainings, to hack-a-thons, there's an event near you.

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