#524 The Human Network

What does a network of humans look like and how does it work? How does information spread? How do decisions and opinions spread? What gets distorted as it moves through the network and why? This week we dig into the ins and outs of human networks with Matthew Jackson, Professor of Economics at Stanford University and author of the book "The Human Network: How Your Social Position Determines Your Power, Beliefs, and Behaviours".

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Exploring barriers and enablers to more inclusive source plasma donations

Exploring barriers and enablers to more inclusive source plasma donations Plasma Thursday, May 16, 2019 Pilar Castro One of fifteen MSM research projects being funded by Health Canada, the Feasibility of implementing source plasma with alternative screening criteria for men who have sex with men seeks to identify barriers and enablers that will inform how Canadian Blood Services and Héma-Québec address eligibility screening criteria in the future. Canadian Blood Services, medical director Dr. Mindy Goldman,…

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Let’s start improving research lab websites

I was having a chat with a former colleague the other day about what happens to scientific research that does not end up in papers. We weren’t talking about negative results, but rather about the experiments that validated someone else’s work, but just did not comprise “enough” for a paper of their own. This got me wondering about how individual labs that are specialists in a given area of science might share their expertise by…

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University of Alberta’s Timothy Caulfield receives James Kreppner Award

University of Alberta’s Timothy Caulfield receives James Kreppner Award Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Tuesday, May 14, 2019 Obinna Okwelume The 2018 Canadian Blood Services’ James Kreppner Award has been awarded to Timothy Caulfield, professor and research director in the Health Law Institute at the University of Alberta.    Valued at $50,000, the award will support Professor Caulfield’s project to analyze the marketing practices of private cord blood banks, assess their claims,…

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Nominations now open for the 2019 Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award

Nominations now open for the 2019 Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award Transplantation Organs and Tissues Plasma Stem Cells Transfusion Blood Monday, May 13, 2019 Obinna Okwelume Do you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution to the blood system in Canada?    Who can be nominated?   Recipients of the Canadian Blood Services Lifetime Achievement Award are individuals whose landmark contributions are recognized as both extraordinary and world class in the field of transfusion…

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