find someone willing to pay for it,” he says.
For example, companies can use PatientsLikeMe data to
examine how effective their drugs are in the real world. “There
are thousands of patients taking many combinations of drugs
and our database can look at that,” says Wicks.
Working for PatientsLikeMe is an extension of the interests
Wicks has had his whole life. He developed an early fascination
with neurological disorders, reading books such as Oliver
Sacks’s “The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat.” That led to
a job helping families of children with autism during summer
break from Durham University in England. While his friends
flipped burgers at Burger King, he changed diapers and helped
parents deal with the struggles of caring for children with
That experience inspired him to pursue a doctorate in
neuropsychology at the Institute for Psychiatry at Kings College
in London. There, he studied with two of the few psychologists
in the world working on cognitive deficits in ALS at the time:
Laura Goldstein, PhD, and Sharon Abrahams, PhD.
At his first ALS lab meeting, Wicks learned that an online
ALS community called BUILD-UK was looking for a volunteer
to help moderate a patient forum. Wicks, the son of a computer
executive, stepped up. That decision has shaped his career.
Beth Azar is a writer in Portland, Ore.
HP recommends Windows® 7.
18mm thick. 3. 3 lbs. 1
The new HP Folio13 business Ultrabook™
equips you with the features you need to run
your practice with professionalism and efficiency.
Genuine Windows® 7 Professional
delivers innovations designed to handle today’s business
demands, and the TPM Embedded Security Chip
offers a secure hard drive to help keep your patients’
1-800-888-3124 & mention APA
Get more details, plus special
APA member pricing on the HP Folio13:
Not all features are in all editions of Windows 7. Systems may require upgraded and/or separately purchased hardware to take full advantage of Windows 7
functionality. See http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windows-7/ for details.
1. Weight will vary by configuration. © 2012 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, LP. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice.
UltraBook is a trademark of Intel Corporation in the U. S. and/or other countries. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of the Microsoft group of companies.