August 05, 2008

Case Western Reserve to host national Social Network Analysis conference August 7 and 8

Case Western Reserve University's new Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) will host dozens of experts as part of the Social Network Analysis Summer Institute, a conference being held August 7 and 8 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Cleveland.

According to Valdis Krebs, author of Social Network Analysis: A Brief Introduction, "Social network analysis (SNA) is the mapping and measuring of relationships and flows between people, groups, organizations and social entities. SNA provides both a visual and mathematical analysis of human relationships." The idea of mapping and measuring these relationships is considered appealing to leaders in the Clinical & Translational Science Awards (CTSA) collaborative, along with clinical and translational and science investigators.

CTSC, launched with a $64 million grant from the National Institutes of Health's CTSA, seeks to integrate clinical translational research capability between the university and its hospital partners to improve the health of patients in Northeast Ohio. It is one of 38 similar programs funded by the NIH nationwide to ensure that new and promising treatments reach patients.

"We're currently in our second year, and we're getting national participants for this workshop," said Ginny Petrie, who was recently named executive director of the CTSC. She said the two-day program is a hands-on course for researchers, and will be led by Stephen Lurie, assistant professor of family medicine at the University of Rochester. Lurie will help researchers and evaluators learn the concepts and methods of SNA, specifically as it applies to program evaluation.

The conference is designed to help participants meet several objectives, including:

  • Help participants define SNA and several key terms associated with the research;
  • Explain the mechanics of performing social network analysis using SNA software;
  • Describe complementary methods of data display, including multivariate clustering and multidimensional scaling, and discuss how these methods can be used to supplement results of SNA; and
  • Find key references and resources for further reading

In addition to Petrie, Carolyn Apperson-Hansen recently came aboard as the CTSC's research concierge. The CTSC is led by principal investigator Pamela B. Davis, dean and vice president for medical affairs at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and Richard A. Rudick, vice chair of the Neurological Institute at Cleveland Clinic and co-principal investigator.

The Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing is a co-sponsor of the event. Learn more about the conference and SNA.

For more information contact Christina Thompson, 216.368.3635.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, August 5, 2008 08:12 AM | News Topics: Collaborations/Partnerships, Faculty, HeadlinesMain, Healthcare, School of Medicine, news

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