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Donate Your Data to Science!

James Fowler and Mark Pletcher write:

Please sign up for our new study. And tell all your friends about it. Our goal is to get one million people to donate their data to science.

It takes about 10 minutes to sign up, and everyone 18 and over with an internet account is eligible.

Plus, once you are done, you’ll be able to see an estimate of your short-term and lifetime risk of cardiovascular disease.

Just don’t do it with any fat people. I’ve heard that’s contagious. . . .

Seriously, though, this looks like an interesting and fun project, and I encourage people to sign up and to tell their friends about it.


  1. otto k says:

    At first look this seemed cool – I thought why not contribute to the science. Then they wanted me to fax something – screw them, I thought.

    I do not even know where I could find a fax machine

  2. MAYO says:

    My take is that they are trying to amass lots of correlations, however unrepresentative. But I’m cynical of nearly all such calls, and I detest filling out forms.

  3. James Fowler says:

    Thanks for the feedback, guys. We will be adding more options for providing data in future, including (hopefully) automated sharing of Electronic Medical Records.

    And Mayo, we will be using the database to recruit for randomized controlled trials (Phase III). Our hope is to make this a platform both for observational and experimental studies. And if it gets large enough, we should be able to work on representativeness.