(August 23, 2017) A recent article by an ISE PhD candidate Arash Baghaei Lakeh and his adviser Dr. Navid Ghaffarzadegan was featured on the website of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)'s Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences.
“HIV/AIDS-related behavioral and social sciences research associated with geographical proximity to the epidemic” on NIH website.
In the original paper, which appeared in Nature's Scientific Reports, the authors conducted automatic textual analysis of abstracts of more than 200,000 papers published on the topic of HIV/AIDS since the 1980s. The paper uncovers shifts in research focus of the science community over time and regional variations of the studies. One specific finding is that, controlling for economic status, scientists who are regionally closer to HIV-AIDS problems proportionally look more at behavioral and social aspects of the disease.
Arash Baghaei Lakeh and Navid Ghaffarzadegan (2017) “Global Trends and Regional Variations in Studies of HIV/AIDS,” Scientific Reports, 7, Article number: 4170.