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IYNA Ideathon 2023

The IYNA Ideathon is a virtual, week-long competition in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Association for high school and undergraduate students interested in neuroscience. Participants develop a proposal for a basic or clinical research project that tackles a real-world problem in neuroscience. The competition is accompanied by rigorous training sessions, mentorship, and interaction with experts in the field of neurodegeneration. Winning participants are recognized for the degree of rigor and innovation posed in their projects. This event has already passed. Please check back next year for IYNA Ideathon 2024!

This year's IYNA Ideathon was conducted from March 12th to 19th, 2023. Over 25 project proposals were received from over 150 high school and undergraduate teams representing countries in North America, Africa, Asia, and Europe. Participants received mentorship and guidance from over 40 judges, mentors, and moderators who helped conduct the event.

IYNA Ideathon 2023 Winners:

Andrew Mi, Yusuf Shabazz: If astrocytes are overloaded with tau protein, can they cause early onset of Alzheimer’s Disease?

Annika Romeis: Is sleep what is needed for astrocytic glymphatic ßA clearance in Alzheimer Disease?


Kendall Bristol, Carson Bauer, Mycah Afra, Cooper Branch: Proposing a Device


Pristine Garay: Exploring the role of TAM receptors in Aß clearance: A study using primary astrocyte cultures derived from wild-type and TAM knockout mice


Victoria Stanislawska, Aleksandra Dubno: Use of EGCG packed extracellular vesicles for delivery of disease-modifying drugs across the blood brain barrier

The IYNA Ideathon 2023 Team

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