Tagged: crowdfunding

Menstrual cups: let’s investigate! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 29, 2018

After finding that there really have been bugger all studies done on menstrual cups and toxic shock, microbiologist Siouxsie Wiles ponders whether crowdfunding and open science might be the solution. Last week a new lab-based study came out about menstrual cups and toxic shock syndrome, the very rare but potentially deadly result of infection with the bacterium Staphylococcus aureus. Read More

Gene therapies are proving their worth, but with million dollar price tags, it’s not clear who should pay for them - Guest Work

Guest Author Mar 28, 2018

Sterghios Moschos, Northumbria University, Newcastle If you were born with a rare form of blindness, there is now a treatment for you that may restore your eyesight. That’s because gene therapies became a clinical reality in 2017. Yet many people with rare diseases that could be treated in this way may never benefit from these therapies because they … Read More

Crowdfunding a solution to a global crisis - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles May 22, 2017

Friday, the 19th May. Another day, another funding application rejected. My proposal? To search for new antibiotics from New Zealand’s unique fungi to help avert a global crisis that experts predict will soon be killing more people than cancer. This is the fifth time I’ve tried to get government funding for this project in the last 3 years. I’ve … Read More

Monday Micro: feminine beer?! - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Apr 04, 2016

When I first saw news of this beer shared on social media, I thought it was an early April fool’s gag. But it appears not to be. Someone really is trying to crowdfund a beverage made with vaginal bacteria. If you haven’t watched the video, ‘The Order of Yoni’* are selling the idea that you can … Read More

Kakapo researchers turn to crowdfunding - News

Sarah-Jane O'Connor Feb 02, 2016

Scientists studying the rare and unusual kakapo have turned to crowdfunding to back a push to sequence the DNA of the remaining 125 birds. A campaign launched on experiment.com hopes to raise NZD$68,000 to fund genome sequencing for the nocturnal parrot. The entire project would clock in at $100,000, but with $35,500 already funded sequencing has begun on the … Read More

Busting sexism in science - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Dec 16, 2015

Science IS sexist. Fullstop. There is an abundance of evidence that it is more difficult for women working in science to get jobs, funding and published, just because they are women. So the question is, how are we going to fix the problem? Dr Nicola Gaston, Senior Lecturer in the School of Chemical and Physical Sciences at Victoria … Read More

The funding ‘lottery’: how many grants should we be applying for? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Nov 04, 2012

I’ve just read a great post on the blog Serious Piffle about grant funding. The post is inspired by a paper just out in Science about the performance of “poor” and “rich” players in a set of tailored computer games. The authors suggest their results demonstrate that poor players concentrate too much on the … Read More

So just how do amphetamines work? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 11, 2012

That’s the question Ethan Perlstein, an evolutionary pharmacologist and Lewis-Sigler Fellow at Princeton University, is trying to find out. And he needs our help! Ethan is trying to raise US$25,000 on the crowdfunding platform RocketHub to find out where radioactively-labelled amphetamine and methamphetamine accumulate within the brain using lab mice. This is an important gap in our … Read More

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