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Nicholas A. Christakis (born 1962) is an American physician and sociologist, known for his work on social networks and other factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. He is a Professor of Medical Sociology in the Department of Health Care Policy and a Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; a Professor of Sociology in the Department of Sociology in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences; and an Attending Physician at the Harvard-affiliated Mt. Auburn Hospital.
Total Books: 8
Christakis attracted international media attention in 2007 with the publication in the New England Journal of Medicine of the results of a study in Framingham, MA, which showed that obesity can spread from a person to person, through social networks, much like a virus during an epidemic. (Watch the research video here, the interview video here, or the TED talk here.)
Over the next few years, working with a former Harvard graduate student and now Professor at UCSD James H. Fowler and a team of researchers in his Harvard Medical School group, Christakis published a series of articles arguing that social networks can transmit not only obesity but also other health states and behaviors, including smoking and happiness . In 2008, the Christakis Group at Harvard Medical School was awarded an $11 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for the study of networks and neighborhoods. In 2009, his group extended the study of social networks to genetics, publishing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences a finding that social networks may be heritable; that an increase in the twins' shared genetic material corresponds to the differences in their social networks. In 2010, Christakis and Fowler published a paper (based on the spread of H1N1 in Harvard College in 2009) regarding the use of social networks as 'sensors' for forecasting epidemics (of germs and other phenomena). Along with Fowler, he is the author of Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape Our Lives, published in September 2009.[
In 2009, Nicholas Christakis and his wife Erika L. Christakis were appointed co-masters of the Pforzheimer House, one of Harvard's twelve residential houses. At Harvard, Christakis is also known for his popular undergraduate lecture class "Life and Death in the USA," which is podcast publicly, as well as attracting a diverse group of faculty and students from across the University's departments and professional schools into his research group. In 2009, he was named to the Time 100, Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world.