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About Wake Forest School of Medicine Profiles


A Research Networking and Expertise Discovery Website


What is Profiles?

Wake Forest University School of Medicine (WFUSM) Profiles creates searchable and interactive online profiles of all faculty at WFUSM and is home to more than 1,300 faculty whose expertise covers nearly the entire breadth and depth of biomedicine.

But in such a large community, how can you find collaborators to work with on your research? This is where WFUSM Profiles can help.

Part directory and part social networking tool, WFUSM Profiles not only lets you search for faculty by name or keyword, but it also helps you explore and understand the different ways that faculty work together. This is done through interactive visualizations that reveal groups of investigators who research similar topics, coauthor scientific articles, work in the same organizations, or have offices that are physically close.

Browse these visualizations to discover how you might already be connected to your next research collaborator!

Why should faculty use WFUSM Profiles?

  • Create a dynamic, engaging profile about your research to connect with other investigators
  • Showcase your work to potential students and funding agencies
  • Include your Profiles URL in your NIH biosketch
  • Discover new expertise in related networks and reveal new directions for your research!

Why should everyone else use WFUSM Profiles?

  • Investigators can look for new collaborators
  • Students can identify potential mentors
  • Conference organizers can identify possible speakers
  • Administrators can assemble committees
  • Companies and organizations can build academic partnerships
  • The public can learn about biomedical research at WFUSM

Profiles, Networks, and Connections

As you navigate through the website, you will see three types of pages:

  • Profile Pages - Each person has a Profile Page that includes his or her name, contact information, publications and more. Faculty can edit their own profiles, adding awards, a photo, and other types of content. Click the tan
    buttons on a person's profile to view interactive visualizations of their networks.
  • Network Pages - Network Pages show the many ways that faculty are connected to each other, such as by being coauthors or researching similar topics. Click the tabs on a Network Page to explore different interactive visualizations, such as timelines or maps of the network.
  • Connection Pages - Certain Network Pages will include a "Why?" link. These will take you to a Connection Page, which shows why two people that network are connected. For example, the Why link in a co-authorship network lists the publications that two people wrote together. The Connection Pages also reveal why certain people appear higher on search results and why particular concepts are highlighted on a person's profile.


Profiles Research Networking Software includes several different ways to view networks, including (from left to right)

  • Concept Clouds, which highlight a person's areas of research;
  • Map Views, which show where a person's co-authors are located;
  • Publication Timelines, which graph the number of publications of different types by year;
  • Radial Network Views, which illustrate clusters of connectivity among related people;
  • Concept Timelines, which depict how a person's research focus has changed over time.

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