Posted by: bluesyemre | December 1, 2012

Can Social Media Strengthen Science? Social media changing research norms, A Panel Discussion

As more scientists take their work to the Web and the cloud — publishing papers in open-access journals, recruiting trial participants through Facebook, and crowd-sourcing investigations — the availability and traction of social media tools to support medical research have grown. Facilitating everything from the establishment of “virtual lab space” to the crowd-funding of promising science/scientists, these networks are gaining traction in an increasingly collaborative research environment. Panelists will highlight popular networking sites/tools and preview what’s next for patients and researchers.

  • Jon Fredrickson, Vice President, Government Practice, Innocentive, who uses crowdsourcing to find solutions for big companies and government agencies alike – even when the solution comes from a kid in Kazakhstan;
  • Elizabeth Iorns, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO, Science Exchange, who is fighting to make the data behind academic science publications more reproducible;
  • Sally Okun, RN, Health Data Integrity Manager, PatientsLikeMe, who uses social media to turn discussions about how patients feel into data that can lead to better care and treatments;
  • Greg Simon, the chief executive of Poliwogg, which aims to take advantage of the JOBS act to allow just about anybody to get into the private equity business;
  • John Wilbanks, Senior Fellow, Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, forceful advocate for open access in science, a piercing source of sharp and useful thinking about what the heck we were actually talking about, and one of the minds behind the open-drug-research platform SAGE Bionetworks

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