SPINE, the online participatory neuroscience laboratory
SPINE mobile application allows the general public to play at annotating MRI brain images to contribute to research in neuroscience. By mobilizing forces of hundreds and thousands of contributor Internet users, huge medical image collections can thus be analyzed very quickly to answer pressing questions about Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis and other neurodegenerative diseases. The game mechanics follow the progression of the contributors to them to take on ever more challenges offered by participating researchers - in France, the USA and elsewhere. For this project, the University of Bordeaux is working with Brigham and Women's Hospital (affiliated with Harvard Medical School, Boston). Contribution workshops for young people are also being organized with Cap Sciences as part of the activities of their Espace 127°.