The research behind EyesOnALZ

I thought it would be great to have a place to discuss the research that our work at Stall Catchers is supporting! And here it is! :slight_smile:

Below are some general details, and more specific explanations of research questions that we are analyzing will be posted as separate replies in this thread. Please also post your questions here & we will do our best to answer them, including asking our biomedical collaborators from Cornell University to come and tell you themselves, if needed!! :slight_smile:

Research area: 

Alzheimer’s disease (AD)

Research topic: 

Reduced blood in the brain in AD

Research carried out by: 

Schaffer-Nishimura Lab at Cornell University

Model organisms: 

Mice engineered to develop AD

How is the research carried out? 

Live mouse brain is imaged with advanced two-photon microscopes; the images are then processed & merged into vessel movies that are uploaded to Stall Catchers

Why does the research rely on Stall Catchers? 

It takes at least a year to analyze all the vessels from one experiment if researchers do this alone. With volunteers’ help we can analyze the data at least 10 times faster, and answer more research questions in a short amount of time.

And here’s a link to our blog, which explains

The research goal of #CrushALZ competition!

Please post below if you have any questions! :slight_smile:

Howdy! Nozomi - who leads the Schaffer-Nishimura lab at Cornell, recorded this video to show us where this research happens :slight_smile: Check it out: Nozomi Nishimura shows the Cornell lab to Stall Catchers!