Submit a proposal or join a team!

Research is better when everyone is included in the process. How is social media transforming health care in 2017? How are innovative methods in communicating across the cancer continuum on social media––from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and the end of life––changing care?Whether you have a proposal idea or are looking to join a team, submit your information and we’ll match you with collaborators with similar interests. Submissions close on Wednesday, March 1, 2017 at 5 PM PST.


Social media use in health care and medicine has transformed how stakeholders discuss problems and innovate solutions. Who benefits from social media engagement in medicine? To what extent does it help form communities of practice, help patients feel less isolated, and unite caregivers and researchers in the common goal to improve health and cure disease? What risks to patient privacy and health care might social media use impose? Who, if any, are being left out of these conversations? These are just a few important questions social media analytics might help elucidate.

Stanford Medicine X and Symplur are pleased to announce a joint initiative designed to spark scholarly research activity on health care social media. The Stanford Medicine X | Symplur Everyone Included™ Research Challenge asks all health care stakeholders to form partnerships and address one of the questions below:

  • “How is social media transforming health care in 2017?”
  • “How are innovative methods in communicating across the cancer continuum on social media––from prevention and early detection to diagnosis, treatment, survivorship,and the end of life––changing care?”.

Symplur Signals SNA

Symplur signals is a set of user-obvious social media analytics tools that helps researchers uncover trends and glean insights from large amounts of social media data tracked over time. Click here to learn more.


We invite students, caregivers, patients, providers, researchers, technologists, informaticians, and all health care stakeholders to submit proposals, and form partnerships with each other to answer a research question.


Stanford Medicine X rewards:

              1. One registration to Stanford Medicine X 2017
              2. Presentation at Stanford Medicine X
              3. Featured interview on Stanford Medicine X blog
              4. Submission to PLoS ONE, with fees covered by Stanford Medicine X upon acceptance.

Symplur rewards:

              1. One additional year of access to Symplur Signals to expand upon research for PLoS ONE submission (included in Stanford Medicine X rewards)
              2. Symplur Signals access will include up to 5 databases (terms, hashtags). Databases can be adjusted once every 3 months.


If you are selected as a winner you will present your work at Stanford Medicine X 2017.


You might be a researcher seeking an opportunity to gain expertise and experience in social media health care research. Or you might be a patient aiming to understand how patients in your community engage and seek health care information. Educators might want to uncover how students and faculty are teaching and learning from each other in the most innovative and effective ways. Anyone interested in social media and health care may benefit from participating in this challenge.


Proposal submissions begin January 15, 2017 and close on Wed, March 1, 2017. Six teams will be matched and their proposals will go on to the final stage of the challenge, this will be announced no later than April 15, 2017. These semi-finalists will then complete their research projects using Symplur Signals social media analytics platform. Final research abstract submissions are due June 1, 2017 and will be judged by an international team of social media researchers.


To begin the challenge, develop a research proposal that includes a research question (hypothesis), research plan you propose to answer that question, and the patient community (or communities) you wish to research. Or you can indicate your interest and be matched with researchers seeking to answer the same questions.



Dr. Damian Roland is an experienced Paediatric Emergency Medicine clinician who is passionate about improving the care of the ill and injured child. He has considerable experience in the development of educational resources and their evaluation, especially e-health technologies which have applicability in specialties outside of paediatrics. As a National Health Service (NHS) sponsored Paediatric Emergency Medicine Academic he is developing a research portfolio which will not only build on the work undertaken as part of his National Institute Health Research (NIHR) Doctoral Research Fellowship but develop initiatives from grants obtained from the East Midlands Health Innovation and Education Cluster (HIEC) and the College of Emergency Medicine.


Stanford Medicine X is the leading academic conference on emerging technology and medicine. As a world-leader in social media engagement, Medicine X 2016 generated more than 200,000,000 social media impressions, trended #1 on Twitter and reached an estimated 5,500,000 unique individuals during the three day conference in September 2016.


Symplur is the leading health care social media analytics firm. Its research platform, Symplur Signals, promotes deep understanding of health care as seen by patients, doctors and other stakeholders with real-time access to insights from over a billion health care social media data points. It’s a web-based platform that invites an unparalleled voyage deep into the analytics of the global Twitter based conversations swirling around the topic of health care.

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