Half a year ago, I signed up as a volunteer for clinical research at a relatively reputable clinical pharmacology centre approved by the government. I happened to know about their recruitment through newspaper advertisments. They told me I will be informed if they need more volunteers for any upcoming research.
In addition, I also signed up for another famous reputable clinical research centre. I am not going to mention its name but roughly 3 months ago, they put advertisments on several SBS buses looking for volunteers as well.
24 hours ago, I received emails from both research centres, stating that they are looking for volunteers. Volunteers will be reimburse for their time spent on research, and let me just say that the reimbursement fee is enough to cover a brand new film scanner, a decent Manfrotto tripod, probably a bulk roll of film, and probably one trip of cab fare to wherever you want to go after making all these purchases.
The time spent on research is less than one month and for a full time student like me, naturally, I am quite tempted by the offer.
I asked my Mom about the idea and she's not quite happy about it. She said there are risks of possible side effects and effects that may surface after a long period of time. She has also commented that if I go for such research, I am no different from those people who sell their organs for money at other countries.
But then again, if these advertisements are allowed to be advertised on newspapers and on buses, there should be a certain standard of safety in their research, right?
I dunno man. What do you guys think?