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BML : new hours

November 24th, 2014 by Mary Wood

effective Nov 24th


Monday – Thursday      7:00am – 7:00pm
Friday                         7:00am – 6:00pm
Saturday & Sunday     10:00am – 6:00pm

Vetstream Clinical Reference

November 18th, 2014 by Mary Wood


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Updated weekly, Vetstream is an online, point-of-care veterinary clinical reference source, currently covering dogs, cats, rabbits and horses. Content is provided in text, picture, video and audio formats, and submitted by veterinary clinicians with editorial board oversight and peer review.  Additionally, the provided references may be cross-linked to PubMed or VetMed Resource records.


Vetstream Ltd is a Cambridge, UK company and offers a range of digital services to the veterinary profession in addition to this clinical reference source.

Reporting Preclinical Research

November 5th, 2014 by Mary Wood

Proposed Principles and Guidelines for Reporting Preclinical Research

NIH held a joint workshop in June 2014 with the Nature Publishing Group and Science on the issue of reproducibility and rigor of research findings, with journal editors representing over 30 basic/preclinical science journals in which NIH-funded investigators have most often published. The workshop focused on the common opportunities in the scientific publishing arena to enhance rigor and further support research that is reproducible, robust, and transparent.


.NIHProposed Principles and Guidelines

The signatories represent journals that publish preclinical biological research — an area of research that encompasses both exploratory studies and hypothesis-testing studies, with many different designs. The journals agree to adhere to the following principles with the aim of facilitating the interpretation and repetition of experiments as they have been conducted in the published study. These measures and principles do not obviate the need for replication and reproduction in subsequent investigations to establish the robustness of published results across multiple biological systems.

  1. Rigorous statistical analysis
  2. Transparency in reporting
  3. Data and material sharing
  4. Consideration of refutations
  5. Consider establishing best practice guidelines for image based data, description of biological material


Previous blog post on NIH, Nature and Reproducibility

ILAR Roundtable: Reproducibility issues in research with animals and animal models

Intersection of systematic review methodology with the NIH Reproducibility Initiative  EHP