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Samples from Pembroke Welsh Corgis for ALS Research Needed

January 10th, 2017 by Deanna Johnson

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is a devastating disorder of older adults that is characterized by progressive loss of muscle function. Ultimately victims of this disease become completely paralyzed and eventually die when the muscles that control breathing and swallowing no longer work.

An analogous disease called degenerative myelopathy (DM) occurs in older dogs from a number of breeds, but is particularly common in Pembroke Welsh Corgis. The disease in Corgis usually has an onset at about 8 years of age with progressive loss of hind limb function early in the disease. In the early stages affected dogs can still manage to have a reasonable quality of life if they are provided with a “wheelchair” type device such as that shown in the picture above. Unfortunately, as with ALS patients, muscles in addition to those of the hind limbs eventually become involved and the dogs eventually will become completely paralyzed if allowed to live long enough. Many affected dogs are euthanized before they reach this stage of the disease.

Pembroke Welsh Corgi with DM

The Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Laboratory (NDRL) at the MU School of Medicine in Columbia, Missouri is conducting research to examine the changes that occur in the muscles and in the nerves that control them in Corgis. By examining these tissues from dogs euthanized at different stages of the disease, as well as from unaffected age-matched Corgis, they hope to develop a picture of how the disease develops and thereby develop a rational approach to therapy that they hope will apply to both DM and ALS. In order for these studies to succeed, researchers at the NDRL need nerve and muscle tissue donations from both affected and particularly unaffected Corgis that are being euthanized. The NDRL will provide kits to veterinarians to preserve and ship the tissues to NDRL for analyses. If you have or know of an older Pembroke Welsh Corgi that is being euthanized for any reason and would like to assist with this important research by donating tissues from the dog, please contact either Professor Martin Katz (katzm@health.missouri.edu) or Dr. Joan Coates (coatesj@missouri.edu) to arrange to have a kit for the tissue preservation and shipping sent.

New PubMed URL

December 5th, 2016 by Deanna Johnson

The UC-eLinks button in PubMed stopped working late last week. In fixing the problem, the UCs now have a new link to access PubMed:                        http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?otool=cdlib&tool=cdl

The links to PubMed on the Health Sciences Libraries web pages and in the Electronic Databases A-Z list have already been updated, so if you use those links you need do nothing. However, if you have PubMed bookmarked and regularly use that bookmark, please update it to:    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?otool=cdlib&tool=cdl

NEW! The AVMA Animal Health Studies Database

July 1st, 2016 by Deanna Johnson

The AVMA launched the AVMA Animal Health Studies Database in June as a resource for researchers seeking animals to participate in clinical studies and for veterinarians and animal owners exploring options for treatment. It will encompass all fields of veterinary medicine, all species of animals, and will extend beyond the United States to Canada and the United Kingdom. Ahead of the launch, the Veterinary Cancer Society transferred all the studies from its Veterinary Cancer Trials website—about 100—into the AVMA database; and the AVMA has been soliciting studies from veterinary colleges. So far, 153 studies are represented.

The AVMA Aniaml Health Studies Database is at http://www.avma.org/FindVetStudies, and additional information can be read at https://www.avma.org/news/javmanews/pages/160715a.aspx?utm_source=javma-news&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=gen in JAVMA News.

Dr. Jonna Mazet (UC Davis) to Deliver 2016 NLM/MLA Leiter Lecture, May 4

April 20th, 2016 by Deanna Johnson

Jonna Mazet, DVM, MPVM, PhD, will give the 2016 Joseph Leiter National Library of Medicine (NLM)/Medical Library Association (MLA) Lecture, Wednesday, May 4. It will take place at 1:00 PM EST (10:00 AM PST) in Lister Hill Auditorium, on the first floor of NIH Building 38A.

leiter-lecture-2016-mazet_50   Her topic will be, “Emerging Infectious Diseases in the 21st Century: A Prevention Paradigm for Surveillance, Information Sharing, and Health Diplomacy.” The lecture, which is open to the public, will also be recorded and broadcast live on the Web (and is now archived) at: https://videocast.nih.gov.

..Mazet is professor of epidemiology and disease ecology, and executive director of the One Health Institute, at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine, where she focuses on global health problem solving, especially for emerging infectious disease and conservation challenges. Currently, she is the global director of a $175 million viral emergence early warning project, PREDICT, that has been developed with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) Emerging Pandemic Threats Program. She was elected to the US National Academy of Medicine in 2013.

..The Joseph Leiter NLM/MLA Lecture was established in 1983 to stimulate intellectual liaison between the MLA and the NLM. Leiter was a major contributor in cancer research at the National Cancer Institute and a leader at NLM as a champion of medical librarians and an informatics pioneer. He served as NLM Associate Director for Library Operations from 1965 to 1983.

..Directions to NLM and details about visiting NLM and the NIH campus are available at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/psd/ref/guide/rrdirect.html. Sign language interpreters will be provided at the lecture.

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..For more information:
Stephen J. Greenberg, MSLS, PhD
Coordinator of Public Services
History of Medicine Division, NLM
301.827.4577
greenbes@mail.nih.gov

Elsevier Webinar on 3/7/16: Pure & ORCID Working Together

March 2nd, 2016 by Deanna Johnson

ORCID is an international leader in connecting researchers to their research and Pure is a best-in-class research information system that helps universities maintain trusted records about researcher activity on campus. Elsevier is proud to announce that now the curated data from Pure can now be synced to ORCID, increasing the number of Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) tied to ORCIDs.

To celebrate the connection, Pure and ORCID are co-hosting a joint webinar along with Professor Thomas Ryberg, a specialist in networked learning, knowledge sharing and digital practices at Aalborg University.

What will be discussed:

A researcher’s point of view on ORCID, Pure and linking researchers to research
How pushing more DOIs into ORCID can benefit the research ecosystem
An overview of how Pure shares information with ORCID

Speakers

Thomas Ryberg,
Professor, Aalborg University

Josh Brown,
Regional Director, Europe, ORCID

Manya Buchan,
Pure Product Manager, Elsevier

Time
Monday March 7, 2016
7:00 San Francisco
10:00 New York/Boston

Register Here

Henry Stewart Talks New Releases

October 7th, 2015 by Deanna Johnson

The Henry Stewart Talks is a collection of biomedical and life sciences specially prepared animated audio visual presentations with synchronized narration. It is regularly updated and growing, with over 1,500 talks; and a new series, Cancer Genetics, has just been added. Here’s a sampling of new talks:

Play '1. Chromosome translocations and cancer		 (45 mins)'       Play '4. Role of molecular markers in guiding therapy in cancer (31 mins)'       Play '3. Respiratory Mycoplasmas'       Play '4. Nanomedicine: promises and pitfalls - part 1 of 3'       Play '9. Ischemic heart disease - part 1 of 2'       Play '7. Bacterial vaccines in development - part 1 of 2'

Chromosome translocations and cancer by Prof. Felix Mitelman, Lund University, Sweden

Role of molecular markers in guiding therapy in cancer by Prof. Joe Duffy, St Vincent’s University Hospital and University College Dublin, Ireland

Respiratory Mycoplasmas by Prof. Stephen Gillespie, University of St. Andrews, UK

Nanomedicine: promises and pitfalls – part 1 of 3 by Prof. Thomas Webster, Northeastern University, USA

Ischemic heart disease – part 1 of 2 by Dr. Vivek Lal, King Faisal University, Saudi Arabia

Bacterial vaccines in development – part 1 of 2 by Dr. Kathrin Jansen, Pfizer Vaccine Research & Development, USA

Lecture, October 7, “Integrating multi-scale data for biomedical discovery and clinical implementation”

October 1st, 2015 by Deanna Johnson

 

Lecture Presenter: Dr. Russell Altman

Lecture Presenter: Dr. Russell AltmanThe program will be videocast at: http://videocast.nih.gov/

The National Library of Medicine is pleased to announce the first annual Donald A.B. Lindberg & Donald West King Lecture on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at 1:00 PM EDT in Masur Auditorium, Building 10 in Bethesda, MD. The inaugural lecture, which honors recently retired NLM Director Dr. Lindberg and former NLM Deputy Director of Research and Education Dr. King, is titled, “Integrating Multi-scale Data for Biomedical Discovery and Clinical Implementation.” It will be given by Russell Altman, MD, PhD, of Stanford University. Dr. Altman’s primary interests are in the field of bioinformatics. He is particularly interested in the analysis of protein and RNA structure and function, both in an individual problem-centered manner and on a functional genomic scale. Dr. Altman currently serves as a member of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director (ACD).

The program will be videocast at: http://videocast.nih.gov/

And archived for later viewing at: http://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=16888&bhcp=1

 

Review Articles in BioMed Central Journals Now Open Access

January 22nd, 2015 by Deanna Johnson

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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

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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.

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Recent lectures include:

BioMed Central tool to help choose an open access journal

March 27th, 2013 by Deanna Johnson

Find the right journal

BioMed Central, with Edanz Journal Selector, have created a tool to assist authors in identifying open access  journals that fit their research; it selects  from more than 350 open access journals published by BioMed Central, Chemistry Central and SpringerOpen.

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..“The Journal Selector uses semantic technology to help authors quickly choose the open access journal that is right for their manuscript. Authors can enter an abstract or description of their research and the Journal Selector provides a list of relevant open access journals. Matches to a journal are based on the similarity of the entered text to articles already published in that journal.”

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Additional tools and information on publishing in open access journals may be found in the library’s Open Access libguidePublishing in Open Access Journals