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January 2019

Decentered Crowdfunded Clinical Studies—Open a New Era of Medical Research

Author Affiliations
  • 1Guangdong Institute of Gastroenterology, Guangdong Provincial Key Laboratory of Colorectal and Pelvic Floor Disease, Sixth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • 2Department of Colorectal Surgery, Sixth Affiliated Hospital, Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
JAMA Oncol. 2019;5(1):9-10. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.4650

Recruiting coinvestigators and trial participants for clinical research in a crowdfunding manner online is becoming a real possibility. Crowdfunding primarily refers to the online gathering of finances via numerous small donations from individual supporters to fund a service, project, or business. The potential for further growth is clear, as are the possible scientific and medical applications for funding research.1,2

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