Dr. Benatar recently attended Net Change Week, an annual event hosted by the Social Innovation Generation (SiG) at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto, where he led one of the Future Lab teams. Net Change Week is dedicated to exploring the intersection between social technology and social change.
The Future Labs bring people with expertise in diverse areas together to brainstorm and develop strategies for dealing with social challenges. At this event, Dr. Benatar and his team set out to develop a sustainable system promoting clinical research and for developing treatments for diseases that currently lack therapies.
Dr. Benatar and his Future Lab proposed a social network solution called “CureTree” as a method to foster collaboration between researchers and the lay community, while aiming to find, encourage, educate and empower people to participate in clinical trials. Still in its conceptual stages, CureTree has the potential to evolve into a social network where people can come together to help find cures and treatments for devastating diseases that affect people from all around the world.