Project: EyesOnALZ / Stall Catchers
Alzheimer’s is a terrible disease, robbing many people of quality of life in their final years; it also puts a tremendous burden on family members and caregivers. A new citizen science initiative hopes to change that.
Stall Catchers is the first of two online games being developed at EyesOnALZ. The game will allow participants to look at movies of real blood vessels in mouse brains, and search for “stalls” – clogged capillaries where blood is no longer flowing. By “catching stalls” participants will be able to build up their score, level up, compete in the game leaderboard, and receive digital badges for their various achievements.
Everyone who participates will contribute to Alzheimer’s research at the Schaffer-Nishimura Laboratory (Cornell Dept. of Biomedical Engineering), and help speed up the search for an Alzheimer’s cure by orders of magnitude.
Stall Catchers is the first citizen science game where the public is directly engaged in analyzing Alzheimer’s disease research data. In the first 5 months since Stall Catchers went live, more than 3000 participants have joined the game.
Photo Credit: Stall Catchers Website Screenshot