Paper outlines steps for professionalizing DIY clinical trials

04/2/2012 | Wall Street Journal, The

Investment adviser Melanie Swan, who took part in a patient-run trial of B vitamins' effects on homocysteine levels, consulted with doctors, public health leaders, scientists, lawyers and other experts to determine what small studies run by amateur scientists should do to gain professionals' attention and respect. Swain outlines in the journal Personalized Medicine seven steps, including using professionally designed templates to ensure robust data, and she suggests ways do-it-yourself trials can raise funding.

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