In recent years social media has become a powerful tool, not only for science dissemination, but also for discussing data and networking.

  • What is the impact of dissemination via social media?
  • How is social media changing the way data is communicated?
  • Should social media activity be considered a professional endeavour?

Watch the episode to find out.

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Jesus Banales

Prof. Jesús Bañales is Head of the Liver Diseases Group at Biodonostia Health Research Institute (Donostia Univ. Hospital) in San Sebastian, Spain. His group is focused on studying the the molecular mechanisms involved in liver pathobiology, with special attention to cholestatic liver diseases, NAFLD, and liver cancer, and looking for novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies. Regarding social media, he is Journal of Hepatology Website/Social Media co-Editor.


Ahmed Elsharkawy Dr Ahmed Elsharkawy is a consultant transplant hepatologist at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham as well as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of London. His clinical interests include viral hepatitis, liver transplantation, polycystic liver disease, DILI, PBC, ALF, ACLF, NAFLD (especially in the context of hepatitis B) and cirrhotic sarcopaenia. He has pioneered novel approaches to the management of hepatitis C in the community.
Elliot Tapper

Elliot B. Tapper MD is an Associate Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology where he is director of the Michigan Cirrhosis Program. He is an NIH-funded investigator aiming to improve outcomes for patients with cirrhosis, with a focus on improving quality of care and symptom management. He helped found the twitter community called #livertwitter and can be found on twitter @ebtapper where he promotes all things hepatology. He co-ordinates social media for the Journal of Hepatology with Jesús Bañales.

Juan Turnes

Dr Juan Turnes is Head of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department at Complexo Hospitalario Universitario de Pontevedra and Associate Professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He leads and investigator group focused in viral hepatitis and NAFLD. Regarding social media, he is in charge of the communication department of the Spanish Association for the Study of the Liver and he is also the associate editor of the journal Liver International. He uses to promote discussion on the #livertwitter community and regularly shows data analysis of this network on Twitter account @jturnesv.

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