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Should Medical Research Ever Be Crowdfunded?

Everyone agrees that medical research is expensive and that there isn't enough government funding to go around. Everyone agrees that AIDS is bad and so a HIV vaccine would be good, particularly one that is given away for free.

But the Immunity Project's attempt to create just such a vaccine has been a cause of much disagreement over the question of whether medical research should ever be crowdfunded. It's a debate that's been raging ever since medical research first popped up on the crowdfunding stage. But because crowdfunding is relatively new territory, that debate isn't all that old. According to

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 Should Medical Research Ever Be Crowdfunded?

Since there’s more science happening than could ever be funded by the government, maybe crowdfunding is an important tool to start these things off - Reid Rubsamen, M.D.


ResearchKit is an open source framework introduced by Apple that allows researchers and developers to create powerful apps for medical research. Easily create visual consent flows, real-time dynamic active tasks, and surveys using a variety of customizable modules that you can build upon and share with the community. And since ResearchKit works seamlessly with HealthKit, researchers can access even more relevant data for their studies — like daily step counts, calorie use, and heart rate.

The Research in progress blog

The Research in progress blog delivers insights and opinion on developments at BMC and in the world of open access publishing. It’s also a place to read about peer review, new technological developments, and advice for researchers on navigating the publication of their work. We also share the thoughts of scientists on how research work is changing, and what that means for researchers today. Our posts are written by staff, and a variety of guest bloggers.


Microryza is an online crowdfunding platform for research, where donors learn and share discoveries through updates in real-time. It's simple: Microryza gives donors the ability to discover a great research idea, support it with a contribution, and learn by connecting directly with the researcher.


FasterCures, a center of the Milken Institute, is an action tank, determined to remove barriers to medical progress. We have only one goal: to save lives as rapidly as possible. We work to improve the medical research system–so that we can speed up the time it takes to get important new medicines from discovery to patients.


Findacure is a charity that raises awareness and funds research into fundamental diseases: extreme and exceptional diseases that advance our understanding of medicine and help us discover potential new treatments.


Millions of Patients around the world are standing up and taking an active role in their health, including supporting the care innovations that matter most to them. MedStartr enables patients, doctors, institutions, partners, and investors to find and fund the best ideas in healthcare and bring them to life. Join us today!


Our mission is to speed up access to better treatments by making sure people are empowered with a knowledge of clinical trials and how to get involved, and are not alone in their journey to learn about, take part in, and partner with researchers to make trials a better experience, accessible, faster and more relevant.


ResearchMatch has a simple goal — to bring together two groups of people who are looking for one another: (1) people who are trying to find research studies, and (2) researchers who are looking for people to participate in their studies. It is a free and secure registry that has been developed by major academic institutions across the country who want to involve you in the mission of helping today’s studies make a real difference for everyone’s health in the future.


We are a group of physicians that have developed a framework and rating system to evaluate therapies based on their patient-important benefits and harms as well as a system to evaluate diagnostics by patient sign, symptom, lab test or study. We only use the highest quality, evidence-based studies (frequently, but not always Cochrane Reviews), and we accept no outside funding or advertisements.

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Worldwide Cancer Research

We are a charity that funds research into any type of cancer anywhere in the world. We fund projects in the world’s best research institutions. Some of the world’s most diverse and unexpected projects. We fund world-renowned specialists and up and coming talent. We do all those things for one very good reason - to gain a global perspective. Because research doesn’t happen in isolation. The answers will not come from one scientist, in one lab, in one country.


BETs were developed in the Emergency Department of Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK, to provide rapid evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions, using a systematic approach to reviewing the literature.

BioMed Central

BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research


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At CenterWatch, our mission is to be the leading source of clinical trials information for both clinical research professionals and patients. To support our mission, we offer several professional, educational and informative services and resources from news and analysis on the industry to trial listings seeking study volunteers. For more information, click on the links below under the appropriate category.


ClinicalKey is the clinical search engine that thinks and works the way you do, making it easier to find and apply relevant knowledge.

Quintiles created to increase clinical research awareness, understanding and participation. Here you can find clinical research studies recruiting in your area and learn about advances in medical areas of interest to you. is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world. Learn more About Clinical Studies and About This Site, including relevant History, Policies, and Laws.


Are scientific methods used to determine which drugs and procedures are best for treating diseases? The answers may surprise you.


Clinical Trial Results Educational Lecture Series - Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) Annual Meeting. This CME program covers late breaking clinical trials, hot topics in cardiology, and unique disease management discussions.

Free Medical Journals

The Free Medical Journals Site was created to promote the free availability of full text medical journals on the Internet. We welcome your comments and suggestions.


Genamics JournalSeek is the largest completely categorized database of freely available journal information available on the Internet. The database presently contains 93424 titles. Journal information includes the description, journal abbreviation, journal homepage link, subject category and ISSN.


The EU research and innovation magazine.

Journal of Clinical Investigation

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Journal of Medical Internet Research

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JournalWATCH helps physicians and allied health professionals save time and stay informed by providing brief, clearly written, clinically focused perspectives on the medical developments that affect practice.

MedBio World

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Medical Science Monitor

International medical journal of experimental and clinical research.


The MIT Libraries promote discovery and enable learning and advancement of knowledge at MIT.

National Center for Health Research

The National Center for Health Research analyzes and explains the latest research-based information that patients, policy makers, and the public can use to improve their own health and to develop better health programs and policies. The U.S. has the most expensive healthcare in the world, but we don’t live as long as men and women in Europe, Australia, or Canada.

National Human Genome Research Institute

NHGRI supports the development of resources and technology that will accelerate genome research and its application to human health. A critical part of the NHGRI mission continues to be the study of the ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genome research. NHGRI also supports the training of investigators and the dissemination of genome information to the public and to health professionals.

National Institute for Health Research

The NIHR was established in 2006 under the government’s health research strategy, Best Research for Best Health. The goal was to create a health research system in which the NHS supported outstanding individuals, working in world-class facilities, conducting leading-edge research focused on the needs of patients and the public.

National Research Council Canada

The National Research Council (NRC) is the Government of Canada's premier organization for research and development. Working with clients and partners, we provide innovation support, strategic research, scientific and technical services.

News Medical

Medical Research News.


NIH is the largest source of funding for medical research in the world, creating hundreds of thousands of high-quality jobs by funding thousands of scientists in universities and research institutions in every state across America and around the globe. was created to bring the best sources of medical information together on one comprehensive search platform to help make user research more thorough, practical and convenient.


PubMed comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.


Questia is the first online library that provides 24/7 access to the world's largest online collection of books and journal articles in the humanities and social sciences, plus magazine and newspaper articles. You can search each and every word of all of the books and journal articles in the collection.


Our mission is to connect the world of science and make research open to all.


Gateway to the best scientific research news sources.


Latest Health and Medicine News.


STAT!Ref is the premier healthcare e-source. A pioneer in software as a service (SaaS), STAT!Ref includes cross-searchable, full-text, top-tier titles in a breadth of healthcare disciplines from a wide variety of reputable authors, publishers and societies.

The Scientist

The Scientist reports on the most exciting discoveries and innovative trends across the spectrum of life science research.

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U.S. National Library of Medicine

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