Grantee Nicholas Christakis of Harvard Medical School received a grant in 2007 to study the spread of health outcomes and behaviors within social networks. Christakis uses an approach involving datasets and statistical methods which allow researchers to study how health outcomes and behaviors penetrate into a person’s social network. This grant was closed in 2010.
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Christakis received a second grant in 2011 that allowed him to further his research on how health outcomes and behaviors spread throughout a person’s social network. The project took his initial research a step further by allowing him and his team to study the social network structure on a national scale and evaluate a “sensor network” approach to predict epidemics. This grant is ongoing.
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