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Genetic, health info added to NIH dbGaP

February 27th, 2014 by Mary Wood
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dbGaP – Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes

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Genetic Epidemiology Research on Aging (GERA)

NIH News

UCSF News

Researchers will now have access to genetic data linked to medical information on a diverse group of more than 78,000 people, enabling investigations into many diseases and conditions. The data, from one of the nation’s largest and most diverse genomics projects — Genetic Epidemiology Research on Aging (GERA) — have just been made available to qualified researchers through the database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP), an online genetics database of the National Institutes of Health.

The GERA cohort was developed collaboratively by Kaiser Permanente and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The addition of the data to dbGaP was made possible with support from the National Institute on Aging (NIA), National Institute of Mental Health, and NIH.

dbGaP was developed and is managed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of the National Library of Medicine. Investigators who are interested in applying for access to this database should follow the procedures on the dbGaP website. Specific information on the data can be found here.

Scopus: Access for 2014

February 23rd, 2014 by Amy Studer

During the 2014 calendar year, UC faculty, staff, and students will be able to access the Scopus database.   Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature, including some 50 million records, 21,000 titles and 5,000 publishers, and includes tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Scopus search interface (UC Davis computer network or VPN access required):

http://www.scopus.com/

See the Facts and Figures flyer or Content Overview page for more information about Scopus.

The NIH Public Access Policy: What it Means for You and How to Ensure Compliance

February 4th, 2014 by Amy Studer

The NIH Public Access Policy: What it Means for You and How to Ensure Compliance
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Education Building Room 2206
To Register: http://lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/instruc/classes/descriptions.php#class134

In 2008, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced that investigators funded by the NIH must submit a copy of their final, peer-reviewed manuscripts to PubMed Central (PMC) upon acceptance of publication, to be made publicly available no later than 12 months after the date of publication. Failure to comply with the Public Access Policy will result in funding delays.

If you are involved with NIH-funded research in any capacity, consider attending this workshop to learn more about the Public Access Policy and how to be compliant with it. It will cover:

* what it is and what it means;
* who has to comply;
* how to determine the copyright policy of the journal publishing your manuscript, and;
* the various methods of article submission into PMC, including the NIH Manuscript Submission System (NIHMS).

To register:  http://lib.ucdavis.edu/dept/instruc/classes/descriptions.php#class134

Due to space restrictions, this workshop will be limited to 30 attendees on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any questions, please contact:

* Raquel Abad, Health Sciences Librarian, 916.734.3870 | rjabad@ucdavis.edu OR

* Amy Studer, Health & Life Sciences Librarian, 530.752.1678 | astuder@lib.ucdavis.edu

2014 West Virginia Elk River Chemical Release: Information Resources

February 3rd, 2014 by Amy Studer

Adapted from NLM Tech Bull. 2014 Jan-Feb;(396):b5.:

You may be aware from multiple news sources that little information was available about 4-methylcyclohexanemethanol at the time of the spill in West Virginia’s Elk River in early January 2014.

Since the spill, government and private sector scientists have contributed to collecting and verifying information about the chemical.

Here are some new resources about the chemical and the government response:

Please note that in some social media and early news reports, the chemical was MISIDENTIFIED as Methylcyclohexanol (CASRN: 25639-42-3). This is NOT the correct chemical.

In chemical incidents, it is unusual for little online information to be available about a substance. Chemicals can often be readily identified using online resources such as TOXNET and WISER. In the absence of published information, local and state officials request consultation with local, state, federal and industry experts. Typically, following such an incident there is immediate, ongoing, extensive consultation and communication among responders and experts to determine appropriate actions.

When planning for providing health information following chemical incidents, it is critical for institutions and government agencies to know who to contact in uncommon situations as well as knowing the authoritative published sources of chemical information.

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Triclosan and antimicrobial soaps, continued

February 3rd, 2014 by Mary Wood

Environmental Factor
January 2014 Newsletter
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences

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Research informs policy and regulatory discussion

Researchers central in the national discussion concerning policy and regulatory issues
related to environmental public health

December 2013 New York Times, FDA questions safety of antibacterial soaps, looked at new FDA requirement that manufacturers demonstrate the safety of antimicrobial soaps, citing research by NIEHS Superfund Research Program (SRP) supported scientists…

…including SRP grantees Bruce Hammock and Isaac Pessah of UC Davis, and Robert Tukey of UCSD, who have conducted interdisciplinary studies on the extent of environmental pollution by the antimicrobials triclosan and tricloban, and their potential effects on human health.

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Citations:

Cherednichenko G, Zhang R, Bannister RA, Timofeyev V, Li N, Fritsch EB, Feng W, Barrientos GC, Schebb NH, Hammock BD, Beam KG, Chiamvimonvat N, Pessah IN.  2012. Triclosan impairs excitation-contraction coupling and Ca2+ dynamics in striated muscle. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 109(35):14158-14163.

Schebb NH, Ahn KC, Dong H, Gee SJ, Hammock BD.  2012. Whole blood is the sample matrix of choice for monitoring systemic triclocarbon levels. Chemosphere 87(7):825-827.