Apps: Medical research

Test Bench: Medical research apps for your smartphone

Play a part in the latest cutting-edge science, by downloading these free apps onto your phone or tablet


Free, Android, Apple

Put your phone’s processor to work while you sleep. Left connected to power and wi-fi, this app will crunch data overnight to help researchers at London’s Imperial College analyse cancer treatments.


Sea Hero Quest

Free, Android, Apple

Steer a boat around a fishing ground and you’re taking part in a giant experiment: the University of East Anglia will analyse your performance and use the datafor research into memory loss.


HTC Power To Give

Free, Android

Like DreamLab, this app lets your phone help research overnight. Projects include rice yield analysis and a plan to eradicate a parasite that kills 200,000 people a year.