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CIFAR is a Canadian-based, global charitable organization that convenes extraordinary minds to address science and humanity’s most important questions.

By supporting long-term interdisciplinary collaboration, CIFAR provides researchers with an unparalleled environment of trust, transparency and knowledge sharing. Our time-tested model inspires new directions of inquiry, accelerates discovery and yields breakthroughs across borders and academic disciplines. Through knowledge mobilization, we are catalysts for change in industry, government and society. CIFAR’s community of fellows includes 19 Nobel laureates and more than 400 researchers from 22 countries. In 2017, the Government of Canada appointed CIFAR to develop and lead the Pan-Canadian Artificial Intelligence Strategy, the world's first national AI strategy.

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Why do social networks make us healthy?

by CIFAR
Sep 19 / 13
When considering what makes people healthy, we typically think about things like diet and exercise, genetic predisposition to disease, and exposure to environmental pathogens.

But new research is emerging to show that other people – the social groups and networks we belong to – have just as much impact on physical and mental health as these traditional medical factors. In this talk, CIFAR Global Scholar Alumna Katharine Greenaway (University of Queensland) will show how other people make us healthy through their capacity to enhance the perception that we are in control of our lives.

A presentation from CIFAR's Building Better Lives & Communities symposium Sept. 19, 2013.