SciFoo lives on in Second Life: Web 2.0 and Medicine

An other fascinating experience today in Second Life! I enjoyed so much to be a co-organizer with Jean-Claude Bradley of today’s session on the Second Nature island. With about 30-35 participants and 5 posters, I really believe we had some interesting and mind-blowing discussions. According to the feedback, people liked my presentation (Web 2.0 and Medicine).


  • First, I talked about web 2.0’s impact on medicine: medical blogs (code of ethics, rankings); medical wikis (Ask Dr Wiki, Radiopaedia); medical podcasts, videocasts, search engines, and our Second Life project, the Ann Myers Medical Center where we had our first medical training 2 weeks ago.
  • Then Max Sanel from introduced their unique medical community (with more than 2600 members from 70! countries). They’re totally open for any kind of feedback. If you’re a medical professional (or just working to become one), consider joining them!
  • Lauren Possiel accepted my invitation as well and presented PhD students founded the site to create a free, web-based community for life scientists and physicians, aimed at making the world’s biomedical research information universally accessible and useful. So if you would like to use a more interactive Pubmed, then try Biowizard! You can get a Biowizard T-shirt on the SL island. E-marketing, isn’t? 🙂
  • In the end, Jean-Claude and Dan Zaharevitz told us about Drug Design and web 2.0. It seemed to me that  complicated processes like drug designing become easier by these web 2.0 tools (blogs, wikis, mailing lists, Second Life).

Deepak from bbgm couldn’t make it (How do I know that? Via Twitter!), but he will definitely love the next session about science videos (JOVE, Bioscreencast, SciVee, etc.). So if you’re interested, see you next Tuesday at 16:00 GMT on the Second Nature island.

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