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Library Search: The New UC Davis Library Catalog Search Tool

September 2nd, 2016 by Amy Studer

Looking for the old UC Davis Harvest Catalog Search?

Library Search, a new UC Davis Library Catalog search tool, rolled out in August replacing Harvest Search.

.Find what you're looking for with the new UC Davis Library Search Tool

Take a look: https://search.library.ucdavis.edu/

More information:

How to Use the New UC Davis Library Catalog Search Tool [short video]

Library Search FAQ

Questions? Contact: bmlref@ucdavis.edu

 

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

Experimental Design and Statistics

January 14th, 2015 by Mary Wood

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

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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.

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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

Nevalainen
Animal Husbandry and Experimental Design

Festing
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

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

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Teaching Experimental Design

Festing
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

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

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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

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.

 

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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

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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

LAMHDI : Link Animal Models to Human DIsease

June 20th, 2014 by Mary Wood

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As reviewed in Lab Animal  43, 236 (2014)
19 June 2014 | doi:10.1038/laban.564i

LAMHDI : Link Animal Models to Human DIsease
is designed to accelerate the research process by providing biomedical researchers with a simple, comprehensive web-based resource to find the best animal models for their research. A stated goal is “to allow researchers to share information about and access to animal models so they can refine research and testing, and reduce or replace the use of animal models where possible.”

The site is provided by NIH National Center for Research Resources.

LAMHDI Database Search is a search of data from partners, currently including MGI, Mouse Genome Informatics;  ZFIN, Zebrafish Model Organism Database; RGD, Rat Genome Database; SGD, Saccharomyces Genome Database; and FlyBase, Database of Drosophila Genes & Genomes. Additional options include a web-search and an extensive list of Featured Resources.

NIH : BRAIN Initiative

June 6th, 2014 by Mary Wood

Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN)

NIH news release 6.5.14: New report outlines initiative goals, budget, and timeline

A federal report BRAIN 2025 : A Scientific Vision calls for $4.5 billion in funding for brain research over the next 12 years.  The long-term scientific vision of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative was presented by the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD).

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For more information about the BRAIN Initiative and the ACD working group:
NIH BRAIN Initiative website
NIH BRAIN Initiative Feedback website
NIH Advisory Committee to the Director BRAIN Working Group website

Reproducibility in Research with Animal Models

May 21st, 2014 by Mary Wood

The first workshop organized by the National Academies ILAR, Roundtable on Science and Welfare in Laboratory Animal Use will be held June 4-5, 2014 in Washington DC, and will discuss reproducibility issues in research with animals and animal models.

Reproducibility Issues in Research with Animals and Animal Models: A Workshop

June 4-5, 2014
Register here to join in person or by webcast

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Workshop Agenda
Restoring Faith in the Research Enterprise: A Call to Action
Malcolm Macleod, Univ of Edinburgh ;  Henry Bourne, Univ of California San Francisco

Citizens and Science: How Reproducibility Directly Impacts Public Perceptions
Robert Bazell, Yale Univ ; Jan Piotrowski, The Economist

Great Expectations – Critical Assessment of Published Research
C. Glenn Begley, TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals

Heard but Not Learned? Impact and Outcomes of Previous ILAR Efforts
Jeffrey Everitt, GlaxoSmithKline ;  Coenraad F. M. Hendriksen, Netherlands Vaccine Institute

All Hands on Deck – Actions Taken to Date
Gilly Griffin, Canadian Council for Animal Care ; Jonathan Kimmelman, McGill Univ

Russell and Burch Revisited: Reconciling “Reproducibility” with “Replacement, Reduction, and Refinement”
Michael Festing, Independent Consultant ; Stephen Latham, Yale Univ

Can Research Integrity be Incentivized?
Brian Martinson, HealthPartners Institute for Education & Research ; Elizabeth Marincola, PLoS

Reproducibility Challenges in the Future of Animal Models
Roger Reeves, Johns Hopkins Univ ; Jeffrey Rogers, Baylor College of Medicine ; Monte Westerfield, Univ of Oregon

Improving the Reliability of Published Results
Gaylen Edwards, American Physiological Society ; Elizabeth Marincola, PLoS ; Victoria Stodden, Columbia Univ

IOs, Vets, and IACUCs – Making Internal Regulators Partners in Reform
Kathryn Bayne, AAALAC International ; Stuart Zola, Emory Univ ; Jerry Collins, Yale Univ

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Billion of Cure: Proactive Planning in the Preclinical Research Arena
John P. A. Ioannidis, Stanford Prevention Research Center ; Paul Braunschweiger, CITI Program ; Ghislaine Poirier, GlaxoSmithKline

Summing Up: Lessons Learned, Major Themes and Potential Actions for Moving Forward
Kent Lloyd, Univ of California, Davis

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The second workshop, to be held September 3-4, 2014, will examine issues relating to transportation of laboratory animals.

Related blog post:  National Academies Launches New Roundtable on Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare

NIH and California: by the numbers

April 28th, 2014 by Mary Wood

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FASEB Releases Updated NIH State Factsheets

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FASEB has created a new set of factsheets describing the importance of NIH funding to each state. The factsheets include a table listing NIH funding by congressional district, a summary of the biomedical research profile for the state, and talking points on how investment in NIH research benefits the economy of the state.

NIH State Information Factsheets

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California State Factsheet (pdf)

 

 

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