They say that necessity is the mother of invention. Many would argue that their greatest necessity is health. So what happens when treatments are ineffective or unavailable? Today, in the age of crowdfunding, some people are taking matters into their own hands and developing their own treatments, including surgical techniques, gene therapies and molecular therapies.
GES Research Scholar Todd Kuiken, together with international science policy expert Eleonore Pauwels, explores the risks, regulatory issues and implications of the emerging DIY, “patient-powered” health research movement in the Spring 2017 issue of BioCoder.Read Citizen Health Innovators: Exploring Stories of Modern Health