A list of our current projects.

  • Emerging Health Researchers and the Commercialization of Academic Science

    In this project, the Social Media Lab is collaborating with Matthew Herder of the Dalhousie Health Law Institute on a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) funded grant. This research aims to examine commercialization laws, policies, and practices; and their effect on the work, career paths, and values of emerging health researchers. To this end, […]
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  • Social Media for Health

    Collaborator: Dr. Caroline Haythornthwaite, UBC Abstract: This paper reviews research on online community, with particular attention to how communities start and are maintained online. The nature of community in an online context is discussed, as well as the different kinds of communal forms that can be created and sustained online, and the different motivations that […]
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  • Medical Network Visualizations

    From Data to Knowledge: Discovery of Medical Laboratory Demand Patterns through Visualization Techniques (Organizational Networks Research Initiatives) – Funded by a $15,000 grant from MITACS Accelerate, Investigator/Academic Adviser, 2011. The Social Media Lab is collaborating with Dr. Calvino Cheng Incorporated and the Capital District Health Authority (CDHA) on this pilot health informatics visualization project. This […]
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  • Blogs & Biomedical Research Literature

    Investigating biomedical research literature in the blogosphere: case study of diabetes and glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) (Social Media Related Research Initiatives) – Funded by a $3,500 RDF grant from the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Dalhousie University – Principal Investigator, 2010-2011. Patients, caregivers, and doctors increasingly rely on blogs, online forums and other forms of social media […]
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  • Emotion and Virality on Social Media

    Is Happiness Contagious Online? (Social Media Related Research Initiatives) Can happiness spread from person to person? If we are talking about a network of locally bounded individuals with many face-to-face interactions consisting of “strong” ties, the answer is a definite “Yes!”(Fowler and Christakis, 2008). However, it is still unclear if the same can be said […]
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