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Helping our researchers

Sometimes we need help from members of the public to complete a research project. Our public participation and citizen science projects would welcome your involvement.

There are also opportunities to meet MRC researchers, to ask them about their work and to share your ideas with them at the MRC Festival, science fairs  and public events, organised by MRC establishments all over the UK and in Africa.

‘Our Outdoors’

How do different spaces make you feel? Do you feel calm when walking in a park? Maybe walking along a crowded shopping street makes you feel stressed? Or perhaps you love being in the busy streets with friends at the weekend?

We know there is a link between where we live and our health. But we need your help to find out what this link is. Our research project will ask people, like you, from across the UK, to tell us about their local outdoor spaces and how these spaces might affect their physical and mental wellbeing.

This project is being delivered by the MRC/CSO Scottish Collaboration for Public Health Research located within The University of Edinburgh. If you’d like to take part in the final study, help your local community to take part, or help analyse our results, please look out for updates on the MRC Twitter page

Worm Watch Lab

Researchers at the MRC Laboratory for Molecular Biology watch movies of a worm called a nematode to help them understand how the brain works and how genes affect behaviour. We need people to help identify which movies include worms laying eggs. Whether the worms are laying eggs or not is linked to their genes. If you take part you’ll be asked to watch a short video online to spot which worms are laying eggs.

Hunt for eggs at: www.wormwatchlab.org

Learn about the project’s success Worm Watch Lab: one year on.

A Century of Amplified Music

This online experiment, part of our centenary year programme of activities in 2013, has now collected all the data the researchers need. However, you can still have a go at the test.

Take the test at: A Century of Amplified Music

Researchers at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research are investigating whether a lifetime of loud music leads to hearing loss, and if so they expect to see a correlation between the participants’ reported previous listening habits and current hearing abilities.

The researchers asked as many people as possible - young or old and with a wide variety of musical experiences and hearing abilities - to go online and tell them about their listening habits and complete a very quick assessment of their hearing for speech in a background of noise.

To learn the results visit The nation’s hearing – has it all gone a bit Pete Tong?

The project was funded by the Medical Research Foundation.