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Megan Moreno

Facebook posts often seem like throwaway items, but they can actually serve as an early warning system to identify young adults at risk of substance abuse, depression or worse. That’s the underlying premise of work being done by Dr. Megan Moreno and her team at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Seattle Children’s Research Institute.

Their research also points to the broader potential of Facebook and other social media to serve as mechanisms for predictive analysis.

Sound intriguing? GeekWire is pleased to be working with Seattle Children’s to present a special community meetup starting at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday Oct. 2 in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood (West 8th Building, 2001 8th Ave, fourth floor.)

Tickets are available to the public. The event is geared toward a broad technology audience, or anyone else with an interest in the topics of social media research and health care.

The event will feature a presentation by Dr. Moreno, a clinician in adolescent medicine at Seattle Children’s Hospital and principal investigator for the Social Media and Adolescent Health Research Team (SMAHRT) at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. The presentation will be followed by a conversation between Moreno and GeekWire columnist Monica Guzman, plus audience Q&A.

More details are available on the event page. Tickets for the event are available here or below, with all proceeds going to initiatives related to the work of Moreno’s team at the non-profit institute. Food and beverages will be provided.

Looking forward to seeing everyone on Oct. 2 for this special meetup.

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