Help accelerate biomedical research from the comfort of your couch

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.

Cheers!
The SciStarter Team


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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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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About the Author

Jenny Cutraro

Jenny Cutraro

Every report card Jenny brought home from elementary school included the comment "Is too talkative during class," a comment she translates as "enjoys communicating with her classmates." Today, she’s channeled that love of talking, combined with a lifelong love of science, into a career as a science communication and engagement professional. As an Editorial Project Director at WGBH in Boston, Jenny created resources for the Emmy-nominated PBS KIDS ecosystem science program Plum Landing. She also led numerous workshops and presentations on integrating digital resources into informal and outdoor learning settings. She is an active member of the National Association of Science Writers and former director of their internship program at the AAAS annual meeting, as well as member of theCOPUS (Coalition for the Public Understanding of Science) Advisory Council.