#CrushALZ Daily: One tenth of the way complete & NEW RECORDS on Day 9

In the midst of a seemingly relaxing weekend, we are keeping up the war against stalls, and breaking records in the process!

Read all about it below...

And if you aren't part of the #CrushALZ competition to fight Alzheimer's with citizen science yet, go to Stall Catchers, and create or join a team right now!

Day 9
Start of day: April 14, 8pm ET
End of day: April 15, 8pm ET
Hours: 24

Teams: 19
Total vessels annotated: 4869 ↓34.61
Real vessels annotated: 3302↓14.06
-- Proportion of Real vessels: 68% Progress toward research goal: 10.26%

Leading teams:

Stall Destroyers were ruling Stall Catchers for a second day in a row on Day 9! Not only that, but they collected a 1 274 811 points, which beats all previous #CrushALZ records, even of the record breaking Day 1! For a small team of 2 catchers, they are showing quite a determination to destroy stalls, for which we salute them !!!

Stall Destroyers, they left CitSciGamers - our previous absolute leaders - 899 189 points behind. Next in the leader positions were EyesOnALZ, leaving KMS Genius Hour over 100K points behind, while the 5th place was taken by Alzheimer's Research UK.

All time results

Not surprisingly, with their record-breaking results Stall Destroyers have now jumped to 3rd place on the all time leaderboard, and have just over 1 000 000 points to catch up to leaderboard veterans Middle School STEM. Meanwhile, CitSciGamers are still ruling in 1st place, and EyesOnALZ & Cornell Univ have been pushed down one position to 4th and 5th places.

One tenth of the way!

That's right, we have now completed over 10% of vessels needed to reach the research goal!

What does that mean? We have annotated over 36 000 vessels of the ones uploaded to Stall Catchers specially for the #CrushALZ competition. The uploaded dataset is looking at a specific research question that will help advance the groundbreaking Alzheimer's research program at Cornell University.

What is the research question? The spatial relationship between stalls and amyloid plaques. Read all about it in this blog post.

Why is that important? We know reduced blood flow in the brain is associated with Alzheimer's disease, and by identifying & understanding the relationship between stalls & amyloid plaques, we could begin to unravel this link & get closer to a treatment. Of course, this is just a hypothesis - we might find out there is no link here at all. But either way, we will be one step closer to understanding the role of stalls, and can continue to address new questions with the help of Stall Catchers!

Have a relaxing Sunday catchers and fans & don't forget to tell everyone that you know how to fight Alzheimer's while playing a fun game!

Egle (seplute)

Citizen Science Coordinator at EyesOnALZ, crazy about democratization of science & community participation :)


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