Epidemiology of inflammation and cardiovascular diseases
lifestyle, health, inflammation
The project overview
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.
Participating and supporting institutions
Prof. Dr. Johannes Schmid
Project website: http://www.meduniwien.ac.at/user/johannes.schmid/CitizenScience.html