The University of Michigan wants your ideas of what medical and health issues they should study next. The university launched WellSpringBoard.org, a crowdsourcing and crowdfunding platform for U-M medical and health research.
If you wish scientists would figure out a solution for a medical problem you face, or find answers for a loved one who struggles with a health condition, here’s your chance. “We know that the general public, and especially patients and their families, can be a great source of inspiration and support for our researchers,” says Matthew M. Davis, M.D., MAPP, the U-M physician and health researcher who leads the team that helped WellSpringboard get off the ground. “This platform provides a new, exciting way to make that happen.”
The website let’s the public present their ideas or help support others’ ideas. Once a U-M researcher agrees to take up the idea, you can help make the research happen by donating online or volunteering to take part. U-M will even kick in funds for the most supported ideas.
“We hope that the innovative combination of crowdsourcing research ideas, and crowdfunding the ones that researchers agree to study, will prove successful and be a model for other academic medical centers and research institutes,” Davis says. He is a professor of pediatrics and internal medicine at the U-M Medical School, and a member of the U-M School of Public Health, Ford School of Public Policy and Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.
The university is setting five key areas to focus on as the project finds its legs:
- children’s heart disease,
- children’s cancer,
- sleep problems,
- diabetes in adults, and
- inflammatory bowel diseases such as Crohn’s and colitis.
For more information about how to join in and help decide the future of medical health research at the University of Michigan, visit the about page of WellSpringBoard.