Conducting research is an expensive endeavor. Seed funds to help collect a small amount of pilot data, like Dr. Wahls’ current study, range from $75,000 to $100,000. A somewhat larger study testing the safety and tolerability of a study will cost $250,000 to $500,000. A clinical trial that is large enough to prove that the intervention is effective often costs a million dollars or more. Dr. Wahls has sent multiple grant proposals for $450,000 to the National MS Society and the National Institutes of Health (NIH), but has thus far has not been funded.
But traditional funders of research, such as NIH, are less likely to fund the type of work that Dr. Wahls is doing, because they prefer to support studies that examine just one variable at a time rather many interventions simultaneously. As a result, The Wahls Foundation and the University of Iowa Foundation have the goal of raising funds independently to support Dr. Wahls’ research. You can donate to The Wahls Research Fund and help support our important work by using the link below. The funds in Dr. Wahls’ research account are managed by the University of Iowa Foundation and are tax deductible.
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Our current study is what is called an open label single arm study. Everyone is receiving the intervention and we are assessing how safe it is and how well subjects tolerate it. The next step in scientific research is to use a study design that includes randomization and a wait list control, meaning half of the subjects receive the study interventions and half wait for a period (usually 3 to 6 months) before beginning the intervention.
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