April 2, 2009

4-6 PM

Cannon Room, HMS Quad



Speaker:                                 Nicholas Christakis, MD PhD


Title:                                        “Eat, Drink, and Be Merry: The Spread of Obesity, Substance Use, and Happiness in Longitudinally Resolved Social Networks”


Question:                                 How do the health-related behaviors and treatments in one person affect the health of other people?


Quantitative Method:              Network analysis involving longitudinally resolved social networks.


Medical Impact:                      Epidemiology, obesity, smoking.


Speaker URL:                         http://christakis.med.harvard.edu/


Suggested Reading:               N.A. Christakis and J.H. Fowler, "The Collective Dynamics of Smoking in a Large Social Network," New England Journal of Medicine, 358(21): 2249-2258 (May 2008).

                                                N.A. Christakis and J.H. Fowler, "The Spread of Obesity in a Large Social Network Over 32 Years," New England Journal of Medicine  357(4): 370-379 (July 2007).