Epidemiology of inflammation and cardiovascular diseases

Inflammatory processes are associated with various life style factors and increase the risks for myocardial infarction or stroke.

lifestyle, health, inflammation

The project overview

Area of Science: Natural Sciences
Location: independent of location
Used Devices: without PC/Mobile, with PC/Mobile
Equipment of citizen scientists: Results of a routine health test, personal scale, measuring tape
Suitable for: Youngsters and adults
Project duration: 10.10.2018 - 04.04.2020
Time to join in: 10.10.2018 - 31.12.2019
Expenditure of time: Filling out an online survey (about 30 min to 1 h)

Project objective

The aim of the project is to understand how inflammatory processes associated with different lifestyle factors increase the risk of thrombotic processes such as myocardial infarction or stroke. A key role is played by atherosclerosis, a type of chronic inflammation of the blood vessels that can progress undetected for many years. In this context, the project team wants to better understand the continuous transition from a completely healthy situation to an often unnoticed precursor of a disease to the disease itself. Hence, this citizen science project has been intitaited, in which anonymous data from routine health examinations and lifestyle factors from as many participants as possible will be collected. This data will be used to determine correlations through bioinformatics analyses.

how can citizen scientists participate?

Everybody is invited to participate in the online survey. The data is analysed by the participating students in collaboration with the scientists and presented in online diagrams. Approximately 60 participants will be selected for a more detailed study including an epigenetic analysis.

What happens to the contributions of Citizen Scientists?

Anonymous data will be analysed by students and scientists. Results will be communicated to the participating school and will also be posted on the project website. Furthermore, results of the study will be published in scientific journals and presented at conferences or seminar talks in an anonymised manner. 

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