CPHSS Director Dr. Douglas Luke presented at a three day course entitled “Introduction to Network Medicine” at Harvard University. The course, which took place on October 28-30, 2013, offered an introduction to network medicine science and its relevance to current medical research on disease etiology and treatment. Each day of the course ended with a hands-on workshop in which participants learned how to build different types of networks. The course was offered through Harvard Catalyst, which offers resources to all Harvard Faculty, regardless of institutional affiliation or academic degree. Harvard Catalyst aims to improve health by enabling collaboration and providing training to clinical and translation investigators.
Dr. Luke offered a social network science perspective in a presentation on “Social Networks in Human Disease.” His presentation explored the role of “above-the-skin” social networks in human disease in three domains: infectious disease, chronic disease, and network-relevant disease interventions. Dr. Luke shared several examples of social network and conceptual models to illustrate the importance of network science in medical research.
View Dr. Luke's presentation here.