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Brain Sensing – New Citizen Science Project

Brain Sensing

Ever wanted to help with scientific experiments, aiding understanding into health and disease? Well, now there’s an opportunity, if you’re based in the U.K.

A new initiative has been launched called “#BritainBreathing”. The citizen science project that aims to engage people from the U.K. in collecting valuable health data.

The aim is for people to act as ‘citizen sensors’, collecting information about seasonal allergies like hayfever or asthma. Around one in four of the U.K. population suffer from allergies, whether these are related to different types of pollen or caused by pollution. There are different variables that affect the severity and different triggers that trigger the on-set of symptoms, such as the weather. Scientists need to find out more about these factors. The best way to do so is to ask people who are affected by allergies to supply information.

The way information will be collected is via a new, free-to-use app. This will allow information relating to the time and location of symptoms; weather patterns; pollution statistics and so on to be captured and electronically transferred to a research laboratory.

This initiative has been organized between the Royal Society of Biology, the British Society for Immunology, and The University of Manchester.

If you are interested in finding out more, contact the co-ordinating scientist Jon Kudlick or check out the Twitter hash tag – #BritainBreathing.

About the author

Tim Sandle

Dr. Tim Sandle is a chartered biologist and holds a first class honours degree in Applied Biology; a Masters degree in education; and has a doctorate from Keele University.