«MitrendS Citizen Science» asks the community to participate in research on multiple sclerosis (MS) by contributing reference data. This citizen science project complements an already ongoing study with MS patients.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a chronic disease of the central nervous system. While new drugs are able to slow down the disease progression, as of today there is no cure to MS. It is therefore key to develop new solutions able to record individual disease progression and neurological deficits. The availability of this data helps to ensure that in the future, individually tailored therapies will be available for MS patients and enable close monitoring of their effectiveness.
With this aim, the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH in collaboration with the Department of Neuroimmunology and Multiple Sclerosis Research (nims) of the University Hospital Zurich and MIDATA have developed the «MitrendS» tablet app which provides exercises to specifically examine certain neurological symptoms, such as motor skills and cognitive functions.
By participating in the Citizen Science project, healthy people can help to collect reference data. By having healthy people from the general public perform the same exercises on the app as MS patients, the research team will gain valuable information about reference values. These values will play a key role in the validation of the app and ensure a deeper, more differentiated knowledge of the MS disease and its symptoms.
Would you like to join in? Download the «MitrendS Citizen Science» app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.