The main challenge at this point is the manpower required to roll out all this stuff. Remember we still have the GWAS project ahead of us as well, where an objective would be to correlate case profiles with treatment responses (as you said), but also 23andMe data in the sense of “personalized medicine”. All of this I am currently doing all by myself, while @axolotl is working on his paper, which is also super important, his health permitting.
On the other hand we have too many in the community who are not even prepared to invest one hour of their time into filling out this survey that Axo and I literally invested over 1000 hours into creating. Our response rate currently is under 15%, despite all who got the invite being active forum users. But some of the same people seem to find the time to invest countless hours into discussions about theories and what not, probably assuming that the cure is just around the corner and directly linked to the number of people they can convince about their ideas. This kind of thing has been going on for over 16 years now, with a pretty modest learning effect it appears. Btw, I am not bashing diy experimentation or anything like that, just the one-sidedness of some mindsets. I understand, many are in panic and want to get out of here cured asap. Though, as I said many times before, putting all the eggs into one basket is never a good idea. Hopefully one or two will reconsider his/her priorities, and participate in the survey when possible.
Since the relaunch of propeciahelp, I had the intention of turning this into a more of a “open source” type community project, with the hope that more people would help shoulder the work load so we can advance faster. So once again: If someone who is reading this would like to contribute to these projects in a meaningful way, and has any of the following skills:
- strong background in statistics
- moderate to good SQL programming skills
- experience with the statistics software package R
- experience with the PLINK software or GWAS in any context
- background in bioinformatics and/or biology
Please drop me a line. If no one will, this project will continue advancing at a pace determined by the time I can invest, which will continue being slow in terms of progress.