At the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), I developed and deployed one of the first uses of social media among academic medical institutions to drive clinical trials outreach and caregiver support. You can read the San Francisco Business Times article where I’m interviewed about my pioneering campaign here.
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I am currently using Twitterific and find its functionality limiting.
We all liked Mike. In fact, we all loved the pugnacious, energetic and restlessly entrepreneurial Silicon Valley exec.
Sadly for those who knew him, Mike Homer died today at his home surrounded by family and friends, after a long battle with a severe illness. He was 50.
Homer is survived by his wife, Kristina, and three young children: James, Jack and Lucy.
His funeral is at Saint Raymond’s Catholic Church in Menlo Park on Thursday.
In 2007, Homer was diagnosed with Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease.
A rare, neurodegenerative “prion” disease, which in Homer’s case has occurred sporadically rather than via infection (the well-known variant that occurs in animals is called mad cow disease), CJD’s incidence is one case in a million annually, and few survive beyond a year after exhibiting symptoms.
His illness inspired his family and many friends to find treatments and a cure for the cruel disease and include the man–Dr. Stanley Prusiner–who won the Nobel Prize in 1997 for discovering prions, infectious agents that are at the heart of CJD.
Mike Homer was treated by specialists from UCSF. Homer’s fight made a tremendous impact on those who have been researching this devastating disease and raising public awareness about this and other forms of dementia.
Read about the Fight for Mike and Defeat Dementia campaigns here.
To learn more about current research and treatment options for CJD and other neurodegenerative diseases as well as how you can help, visit UCSF’s Memory and Aging Center’s CJD website or YouTube Channel.
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Charlie Mingus’ words of wisdom on creativity.
Chade-Meng Tan speaks of everyday compassion at Google which he calls “Search Inside Yourself.” According to Meng compassion works in 3 steps: attention training, self-knowledge and spreading happiness.
I am quoted in a San Francisco Business Times article about UCSF’s pioneering effort to use social media to connect with patients, caregivers and donors.
I am quoted in an Economist article about the launch of the original iPad.