Lori La Bey talks with researchers heading up a Megathon to push Alzheimer's Research ahead one year by getting 100,000 people to play the game "Stall Catchers" for one hour. The Megathon will occur April13th, 2019 at 1:30pm - 3:30pm ET. Listen in and learn about the fascinating work of Chris Schaffer and Nozomi Nishimura who are Associate Professors at the Meinig School of Bio-medical Engineering at Cornell University, and run the Schaffer-Nishimura Lab. Their lab develops new imaging techniques that allow them to see blood flow in the brains of mice, which led to the discovery of stalls. By another unanticipated discovery, they were able to show that by removing these stalls improved memory and reduced other Alzheimer's symptoms in mice.
Pietro Michelucci is a cognitive scientist who directs the Human Computation Institute, which is the research center that developed crowd-powered systems to tackle big societal problems like Alzheimer's. In 2015, he launched the EyesOnALZ citizen science project to accelerate Alzheimer’s disease research, with an online game called Stall Catchers, that allows anyone to participate directly in the search for a treatment.
Also joining us are Judy Johanson who was a care partner for her husband and Harry Urban, living with dementia.
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