CureTogether: Patients and Researchers

CureTogether, a new web 2.0 startup, plans to bring together patients and scientists to create an open-source health research system.

An excerpt from the article:

The first conditions being studied are migraine, endometriosis, and vulvodynia; each affect more than five million Americans. Patients will also be able to share ideas and provide their anonymous medical data to an aggregate database available “open source” to any researcher in the world to study.

“We chose these conditions because they are underfunded, involve daily pain, and have personal meaning for us,” said co-founder Alexandra Carmichael. “We saw the suffering of our close family and friends with these chronic conditions, and we wanted to do something to help.” So they partnered with the Chandran Family Foundation for Healthcare Research and Education and researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. “We may expand to other conditions if enough patients come together to request it,” she added.

It seems to be something similar to what 23andMe is doing. Looks promising.