Emerging Health Researchers and the Commercialization of Academic Science

Network VisualizationIn 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, the Social Media Lab is helping to answer the following research question: What is the impact of exposure to commercialization upon emerging health researchers’ published scientific contributions? As part of this project, the Lab is collecting publication data from a specific field of health sciences research and conducting the social network analysis of co-authorship networks to gain a better understanding of the effects of commercialization on research productivity and network-based measures.