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Interplay between Environmental Exposures and Obesity

January 27th, 2015 by Mary Wood

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) is home to the National Toxicology Program (NTP).
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) is the health arm of the National Academy of Science.


NIEHS announces IOM Workshop on the
Interplay Between Environmental Exposures and Obesity

March 2-3, 2015
Roundtable on Environmental Health Sciences, Research, and Medicine

The workshop will explore the role of chemical exposures in the development of obesity through sessions focused on a life span view, possible biologic pathways and environmental influences, and effects of food additives and antibiotics. Speakers will make links between exposure to environmental chemicals and increased incidence of weight gain, glucose tolerance and insulin sensitivity, inflammation, and aspects of metabolic syndrome in animal models and human studies. Two panels at the end of the workshop will provide a chance to discuss opportunities for new research and possible policy actions to address exposure to chemicals associated with the development of obesity.

Check the workshop page for registration information, an updated agenda and other workshop materials.


Previous IOM Workshop
March 19, 2014
Principles and Best Practices for Sharing Data form Environmental Health Research

Review Articles in BioMed Central Journals Now Open Access

January 22nd, 2015 by Deanna Johnson

BioMed Central publishes 274 open access journals in biology and medicine.

More than 60 subject-specific journals are in the BMC series

A number of the titles in BioMed Central’s portfolio are journals that transferred and converted from the subscription model to open access.

Review articles in the following journals will no longer require a subscription to read; they will be open access like the rest of the BioMed Central portfolio.

Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy

Arthritis Research & Therapy

Breast Cancer Research

Critical Care

Genome Biology

Genome Medicine

Stem Cell Research & Therapy

Henry Stewart Talks added to University Library collection

January 22nd, 2015 by Deanna Johnson

Henry Stewart Talks


UC Davis University Library has licensed the Henry Stewart Talks Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection for 2015. This collection currently contains 1800 lectures, of various lengths, by leading world experts.

Additional lectures are added monthly, a running list of which may be viewed here.


Recent lectures include:

Experimental Design and Statistics

January 14th, 2015 by Mary Wood

ILAR Journal Volume 55(3): Experimental Design and Statistics


The review articles in this issue discuss current methods of animal research to address what can be done to improve the quality of animal experiments, choice of animal model, and the systematic review and meta-analysis of animal experiments.


Select articles:

Festing, Nevalainen
Design and Statistical Analysis of Animal Experiments: Introduction to this Issue

Bailoo, Reichlin, Würbel
Refinement of Experimental Design and Conduct in Laboratory Animal Research

Animal Husbandry and Experimental Design

Evidence Should Trump Intuition by Preferring Inbred Strains to Outbred Stocks in Preclinical Research

O’Connor, Sargeant
Critical Appraisal of Studies Using Laboratory Animal Models

Hooijmans, IntHout, Ritskes-Hoitinga, Rovers
Meta-Analyses of Animal Studies: An Introduction of a Valuable Instrument to Further Improve Healthcare

de Vries, Wever, Avey, Stephens, Sena, Leenaars
Usefulness of Systematic Reviews of Animal Experiments for the Design of Preclinical and Clinical Studies

Significance of Meaning: Why Do Over 90% of Behavioral Neuroscience Results Fail to Translate to Humans, and What Can We Do to Fix It?

Teaching Experimental Design

Randomized Block Experimental Designs Can Increase the Power and Reproducibility of Laboratory Animal Experiments

Parker, Browne
Place of Experimental Design and Statistics in the 3Rs

Making the Most of Clustered Data in Laboratory Animal Research Using Multi-Level Models


Guidance for the Description of Animal Research in Scientific Publications
Committee members included Dr. Stephen W. Barthold (IOM), Center for Comparative Medicine, University of California, Davis