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Has anyone 'volunteered' for medical research?

Travel Forums General Talk Has anyone 'volunteered' for medical research?

1. Posted by kkwijibo (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

Anyone got involved in medical research when on their travels (and desperate for money ;)) and what are the outcomes (side effects) and how much you get paid?

2. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

Yeah, I sold a kidney whilst in Russia, donated a lung to a blind woman on the streets of Rio, and exchanged some brain cells for some beer in London.

Um, no!

3. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Not sure what you mean? Surely the fact that you are travelling would preclude you from particaption in medical research?

4. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

participation, sorry

5. Posted by angela_ (Respected Member 1732 posts) 11y

If I were you, I wouldn't run the risk of getting some kind of side affects that could ruin your trip.

6. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 11y

I have, but not on my travels, and in a couple of cases, not entirely by choice!!

7. Posted by kkwijibo (Full Member 56 posts) 11y

Well what I wanted to find out is that if anyone was able to make a quick 'buck'(by not doing anything illegal), giving blood maybe???

samsara2 & angela_ that's why I'm asking... just want some info thats all. ;)

How about you Gelli, gonna share this info with us? What you'd get involved with???

8. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 11y

I saw an advert in the paper last night on research. Not medical research but on focus groups answering questions on certain products; in this case cigarettes and alcohol. I actually went to one years ago, and had to answer questions like, "does brand X appeal to you as a male" and stuff like that. I think I made $50 in about an hour and got a bottle of bourbon out of it.

9. Posted by smythy (Full Member 237 posts) 11y

There's a place in Belfast, N.Ireland does Medical Research (mainly new drugs not on market yet) pays good money! Im currently on one for Anaemia, not much side effects as yet but it increases your red blood cells which could cause clotting. Pays £2700. Im pleased! Only disadvantage - lasts for 7 weeks.

10. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Quoting smythy

Only disadvantage - lasts for 7 weeks.

Hi Kkwijibo - this is what i meant....i'm currently writing scripts for a company who are involved in medical research and it seems that most clinical trials would last for at least a few months...so would you want to stay in one place for that long?

I remember a friend of mine in college was desperately trying to find research studies to which he could donate himself in an effort to raise money for a booze cruise from Dublin to Holyhead!

So, you're not the only one out there Kkwijibo;)

Good luck in any event..!