What is Citizen Science for Health?
Citizen Science for Health is a growing non-profit that shares the vision of many citizen scientists. More than this, CS4H has a vision to transform healthcare by creating bridges between the growing practices of lifestyle medicine, personalized medicine, and “biohacking” and tomorrow’s standard of care.
Technology is changing how we make sense of the world, and our bodies and our health are no exception. Medical research and data have traditionally only been accessible through those with PhDs and MDs, or through clinical trials for those lucky enough to live near major research centers.
While the traditional healthcare system and clinical trials have been able to offer astounding leaps in medical research, patients are often left frustrated and unsatisfied by the glacial pace of medical research.
Rather than waiting decades for studies to be completed and analyzed, and many more years before those practices become the “standard of care”, more patients are turning to citizen science.
We start by recognizing that we are all our own experimenters in our own N of 1 clinical trials. In other words, we are our own case studies. Emerging technology is making it easier, more efficient, and more accurate to find the best personalized medical practices for each of us. Citizen science, in many ways, can go far beyond the one-size-fits-all approach that we see in healthcare today.
Brian Duggan is the Founder of Citizen Science for Health, a non-profit dedicated to increasing patient empowerment and transforming medical research.
This effort has grown out of his experience participating in a number of clinical trials.
He has found that while trials can provide access to new data and insights, the slow pace of medical research—especially in key areas like neurology—can also lead to frustration.
Brian is also the founder of Building Alliances. For over 25 years, he has been a thought leader in fields including health, sustainability, marketing and technology, and has worked to create positive partnerships for non-profits, events, and media companies.
His past and current clients include Harvard Business School Publishing, Fast Company, NewCo Shift Forum, Business Insider, Eco Expo, West Coast Green, Body & Soul, the 4A's, and Whole Life Expo, among many others.
He has created two online media entities: ConferenceBites, which posts the best soundbites from leading events, and CitizenScienceforHealth.org, which focuses on health and health events.
Jane Kuszmaul is a writer for Citizen Science for Health, helping to bridge the gap between the wealth of scientific research and people passionate about their health.
She recently graduated from Humboldt State University with a BA in Biological Anthropology and a minor in Health Education. She hopes to continue work helping empower patients by making science more accessible to all.