Believe it or not, there are even people whose primary income comes from participating in clinical studies!
I had one rule regarding the kinds of studies I would participate in: I didn’t put anything in my body (no drugs).
Reply “Being a guinea pig doesn’t exactly build your resume.” Ha! I like giving blood but I don’t think I would sell plasma unless things were really dire.
Reply My son is participating in a study from UCLA.
My wife is a Type I diabetic and the folks at UCLA are monitoring our son to see if he will develop diabetes. Money, extra (useful) medical attention, and helping other people.
The study started shortly after he was born, and now they come to our house in New York to draw blood once a year around his birthday, and he gets . Is much known about the genetics of that autoimmune disease?
I always liked to try to guess at the researcher’s hypothesis based on what they were asking me.
The best money I earned was doing f MRI studies, which involved lying in an MRI for 1.5-2 hours and responding to questions or images by moving my thumb over a pair of buttons (I actually found the MRI machines soothing and even soporific, not claustrophobic! As a woman of childbearing age, I was also paid to take pregnancy tests before each session.
I made 0 for 2-2.5 hours of my time for each f MRI I did.
I’m sure his contribution will further our understanding of the basic science underlying that condition and others (though I certainly hope he doesn’t develop it). My wife and both participated in a few studies when we were engaged and living in San Diego.
There always seemed to be quite a few available and we had a friend who was a Ph D student there who let us know about them.