Quick and Easy: Become Part of the Solution for Alzheimer’s Disease

MAD-MindCrowdTake just 10 minutes out of your day to help advance research on Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the U.S. and it affects more than 5 million Americans each year.

What: MindCrowd is asking 1 million people, age 18 to 80, to take its 10 minute online memory test. From these results, researchers will then invite select individuals who have met certain criteria to volunteer for further online-based memory and cognitive tests, as well as donate a DNA sample for evaluation.

All of this is in an effort to identify the genetic markers that are linked to memory and learning, which will assist researchers in understanding and hopefully finding a cure for Alzheimer’s and other brain-related diseases.

*Note: This test cannot determine your risk for Alzheimer’s disease. All information provided is confidential and will be stored in a secure database for research purposes only. Testing is completely voluntary and participants may withdraw at any point of the process.

How: Take the test here and find out more about the project on their official website.

The organization: MindCrowd is an online research study designed to understand the genetics of how the human brain remembers. Specifically, MindCrowd researchers want to know how the way people remember things might change as they age. If researchers can better understand the way memory changes as people age, they might be able to understand what changes occur in individuals who have a brain disease that affects their memory.

MindCrowd is a research initiative founded by Dr. Matt Huentelman, an associate professor in neurogenomics, and is based out of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) in Phoenix, Ariz. The initiative is a collaborative effort between TGen, the University of Arizona and the Alzheimer’s Prevention Initiative.

Photo: Dr. Matt Huentelman, Ph.D., head of the Neurobehavioral Research Unit at TGen.