First Idea Open for Crowd-funding on WellSpringboard
WellSpringboard, a recently launched website for crowd-sourced and crowd-funded health research, has its first idea open for funding. This idea was submitted by a patient with sleep apnea and was matched on WellSpringboard with a University of Michigan sleep researcher.
June, a patient with obstructive sleep apnea, submitted a research idea called “Home CPAP & Infections.” June wants to know if using a CPAP machine at home might cause patients to get more breathing-related infections. Dr. Tiffany Braley, a sleep researcher and neurologist who specializes in the immune system, has proposed a researcher project in response to this idea. She would like to try to answer this research idea about CPAP & Infections, supported by donations through WellSpringboard.
If WellSpringboard can raise $50,000, Dr. Braley will use confidential information about many thousands of patients with obstructive sleep apnea at the University of Michigan, to find out the number of times that each patient had a breathing-related (“respiratory”) infection that led them to visit a doctor. Dr. Braley will compare the numbers of infections in the 2 years before each patient started using CPAP compared to the 2 years afterward. New information from this research could help provide better guidance to patients related to cleaning their CPAP equipment.
This idea has until Wednesday, June 22nd to raise its funding goal of $50,000. After about a week of funding, it has already raised $7,650.
You can support this research idea by sharing June’s story with your friends or by making a donation to help crowd-fund the idea. Any donation will help June and Dr. Braley meet their funding goal.
You can read June’s story and support his idea here.