To find out the public awareness toward the microglia inflammation and try to educate the public about the microglia inflammation and our medicine, our team mainly uses three methods to complete the goal: internet survey, WeChat official account, and story poster. The principal platform to finish the public education part is WeChat. That is because 87.3% of the 772 million Internet users use WeChat in China. This is the most efficient and connivance way for us to spread our survey around and try to cover up every different social group to answer our survey, make our data as reliable as possible, and spread our data to as many people as possible can. In addition, online public education reduces contact between people. It is a healthier choice for coronavirus periods.
Firstly, through the twelve questions in the online questionnaire, we want to understand people's understanding of inflammation and their familiarity with microglia in our therapy. Among the 127 filled in, there are males and females from 10 to 50 years old. The analysis of the results shows that most people have a moderate understanding of inflammation and some basic common sense and common anti-inflammatory sense, but not much in the professional field. As for the important microglia in our therapy, almost no one knows. However, after understanding the questionnaire, we learned about the popularity of inflammation, Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases, and the importance of microglia. This provides an excellent reference for our later public education work. At the same time, through this survey, we have inspired more people to learn about inflammation and other related knowledge and also enabled them to pay more attention to our projects.
Secondly, we initially introduced the iGEM competition, our subject research, and team introduction in our official account. Once the first article was published, it was read by thousands and received wide acclaim. Then our team wrote about the daily progress of the dry and wet teamwork and how we adjusted our work facing the epidemic. For example, for the wet team, we talked about professional knowledge training and practical operation experiments. For the wet team, we mentioned the design and purchase of team uniforms and surroundings, the writing of public tweets, the detailed content of the questionnaire, and interviews with subject experts and outdoor activities. At the same time, the popularity of our public account has also risen. There were currently more than 100 followers, and it had been well-publicized on social networking sites. Until now, the amount of reading is still increasing.
Thirdly, to raise the reputation and popularity of our medicine, we decided to be self-directed and acted a short play in public. This short play mainly tells a story about an older adult, Li Dongmei, who was found to have Alzheimer's disease by her daughter. We expected the audience to understand some symptoms and severe effects of Alzheimer's disease by interesting and touching performance. In this way, they would convince that our medicine is meaningful and powerful to save more people like Li Dongmei.
However, the plan is hard to keep up with the changes. The sudden outbreak of coronavirus in Nanjing made it impossible to display our play in public places. Therefore, we turned our script into a Propaganda poster. Our team members created the script, drew related pictures, designed the layout, and proofread this colorful poster check-in. With everyone's hard work, we finally presented a delicate story poster. Readers can easily learn how people with Alzheimer's disease act and the serious effect of getting this disease. More importantly, people can learn how to prevent Alzheimer's through our poster. After completing our preparation stage, we sent this poster to WeChat groups in several communities. The residents were very interested in our science popularization and asked a lot of relevant information accordingly. We all gave detailed answers. Apart from making more people in the community understand Alzheimer's disease, we also let more netizens know about the disease through the official account of WeChat. Up to now, 354 people have viewed our story posters.
Through online survey, WeChat official account, and story poster, we continue to promote our project and the scientific knowledge related to the project. As a result, more netizens and people in the community have enriched biological knowledge, and some people continue to pay attention to the progress of our project.