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Researchers use crowdfunding site to raise money to test potential paedophilia treatment

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 07 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i1997
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. London

Swedish researchers plan to use a UK based “crowdfunding” site to raise money for a trial of a potential treatment for paedophilia.

Christoffer Rahm, a psychiatrist at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, has turned to the website Walacea ( to raise £38 000 (€47 000; $53 500), the balance of the amount he needs to conduct a randomised controlled trial of a testosterone lowering drug in 60 Swedish men. He has already obtained grants for £70 000 from more conventional sources and has recruited the first few volunteers for the trial.

The plan is to use the drug degarelix in a trial whose endpoint will be changes in the risk factors that are believed to contribute to sexual offences: high sexual arousal, disturbed self control, and low empathy. …

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