SC CTSI Launches Digital Scholar Webinar Series

The training series introduces health researchers to digital science approaches.

July 25, 2017

The upcoming Digital Scholar Webinar Series will introduce health researchers at USC, CHLA and beyond to digital approaches and tools relevant to their research. The training series will showcase the potential and limitations of digital approaches health researchers need to be aware of.

"Nearly every part of the research process can benefit from digital advances. We will cover a wide range of topics, such as recruiting study participants online, using digital tools to improve a systematic review study, accelerating the dissemination of research results, and launching a crowdfunding campaign," says Katja Reuter, PhD, Assistant Professor of Clinical Preventive Medicine, Director of Digital Innovation and Communication at the SC CTSI and founder of the program. "The series is designed to address a gap in the current training of health sciences researchers and to increase the number of scientists at all career stages who are comfortable using digital approaches to enhance their research."

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Katja Reuter, PhD

The webinar are open to all interested and will take place online every first Wednesday of each month from 12-1PM, beginning September 6th, 2017. All webinars will be accessible afterward on the Digital Scholar Program page.

Open to all interested
Cost: This event is free of charge.

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Upcoming Digital Scholars webinars in 2018

Oct 10, 2018 | 12-1 PM PST  

Topic: Utilization of Twitter by Early Career Women in Academic Medicine and Science: Suggestions for Developing a Twitter Network

Overview: The social network Twitter will be explored as a supplemental method for navigating the networks of academic medicine. Use cases include (1) access to role models, (2) peer-to-peer interactions, and continuous education, and (3) connections with those entering the pipeline—students, trainees, and menses.

Speaker: Jaime D. Lewis, MD, Assistant Professor of Surgery at the University of Cincinnati

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Nov 8, 2018 | 12-1 PM PST  

Topic: Crowdsourcing applied to knowledge management in translational research: the Gene Wiki and Mark2Cure  

Overview: Crowdsourcing involves the engagement of large communities of individuals to collaboratively accomplish tasks at massive scale.  These tasks could be online or offline, paid or for free. But how can crowdsourcing science help your research? This webinar will describe two crowdsourcing projects for translational research, both of which aim to better organize biomedical information so that it can be more easily accessed, integrated, and queried: 

First, the goal of the Gene Wiki project is to create a community-maintained knowledge base of all relationships between biological entities, including genes, diseases, drugs, pathways, and variants.  This project draws on the collective efforts of informatics researchers from a wide range of disciplines, including bioinformatics, cheminformatics, and medical informatics.   

Second, the Mark2Cure project partners with the citizen scientist community to extract structured content from biomedical abstracts with an emphasis on rare disease. Although citizen scientists do not have any specialized expertise, after receiving proper training, Mark2Cure has shown that in aggregate they perform bio-curation at an accuracy comparable to professional scientists. 

Speaker: Andrew Su, PhD, Professor, Department of Integrative, Structural and Computational Biology, The Scripps Research Institute

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NIH Funding Acknowledgment: Important - All publications resulting from the utilization of SC CTSI resources are required to credit the SC CTSI grant by including the NIH funding acknowledgment and must comply with the NIH Public Access Policy.