Celebrating our 2020 Honorees
Citizen Scientists® Are the Missing Piece of the Alzheimer’s Puzzle
The concept behind the Citizen Scientist Awards is simple – we can’t find an Alzheimer’s cure without clinical trial participants. Ninety percent of Alzheimer’s studies are delayed due to insufficient recruitment, making research participants the key piece of the puzzle. We hope their stories inspire you or someone you know to contact a research center to ask about research opportunities.
Many Stories, One Common Purpose
In 2020, GAP-Net sites across North America nominated Alzheimer’s study participants for the Citizen Scientist Awards. Nominees represented people with the disease or individuals at risk of developing the disease with a wide range of backgrounds who conveyed a variety of reasons for getting involved with research. Many study participants had previously cared for family members afflicted with Alzheimer’s. Their personal experiences motivated them to volunteer for a clinical trial, not only for themselves, but to stop Alzheimer’s from impacting future generations. Whatever their reasons, all Citizen Scientists have the same goal: Being part of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s.