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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.

Workshop: Increasing openness & reproducibility in quantitative research

March 24th, 2016 by Mary Wood

4 May 2016 Workshop hosted by the Center for Open Science

Increasing openness & reproducibility inquantitative research

There are many actions researchers can take to increase the openness and reproducibility of their work.
Please join us for a workshop, hosted by the Center for Open Science, to learn easy, practical steps
researchers can take to increase the reproducibility of their work. The workshop will be hands-on.

Topics covered include Project documentation | Version control | PreAnalysis plans | Open source tools like the Center for Open Science’s Open Science Frameworkindex

Attendees will need to bring their own laptop in order to fully participate.

Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2016
Time: Two Sessions 9am – 12pm OR 1pm – 4pm
Location: Shields Library, DSI Classroom, room 360
Pizza lunch will be provided at noon for attendees from both sessions.

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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

Authorship and the Promises of Digital Dissemination: Panel

February 29th, 2016 by Mary Wood

Authors Alliance event, with Pam Samuelson

AUTHORSHIP AND THE PROMISES OF DIGITAL DISSEMINATION
March 9, 4:00- 5:45 pm
UC Davis School of Law, King Hall, Rm 2100A

A cross-disciplinary panel discussion on authorship in the digital age, with a focus on the specific goals and needs of academic authors. Authors who write to be read care about how their works are published and what that means for reader access. While traditional options and copyright arrangements still predominate in many fields, there are ever-increasing ways to share works of authorship. What works best to get textual and visual works out there and under what circumstances? Join us for this panel discussion with Authors Alliance, where we will explore the opportunities and challenges authors face in maximizing the reach of their work, both in and outside of academia.

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Pam Samuelson (Authors Alliance)
Mario Biagioli (Law, STS)
Stephanie Boluk (English)
Jonathan Eisen (Biology)
Alexandra Lippman (STS)
Rick Prelinger (UCSC and director of the Prelinger Archive)
Kim Stanley Robinson (Mars Trilogy)
MacKenzie Smith (Library)
Madhavi Sunder (Law)

Digital Science visit June 11

June 5th, 2015 by Mary Wood

OVERLEAF,  LABGURU,  DIMENSIONS,  ALTMETRIC
Digital Science Research Tools presentation 6/11

UC Davis Office of Research and University Library welcome Digital Science, featuring products for collaborative writing and publishing, research management for life science labs, to help analyze and understand the research funding landscape and altmetrics.

Lunch / presentations
Thursday, June 11
12:00 – 1:15 pm
Shields Library, Instruction Room (2nd floor)
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Overleaf is a collaborative science publication system that makes the whole process more open and more transparent by bringing the whole scientific process into one place, from idea to writing to review to publication

Labguru marries the electronic lab notebook with project and logistics management. It offers an easy means of tracking projects, protocols, biological collections & materials.

Dimensions for Universities is a funding data aggregator that provides a view on funding resources where the funding has been allocated. The system shows historical awarded grant data from over 70 funders back to 1965 and active grant data up to 2024 and allows institutions to identify emerging areas into which research funding is being channeled

Altmetric tracks article level outputs for your institution. The data in this tool can be used to show faculty, staff and students a richer picture of their online research impact & it allows users to track and measure online activity around academic research.

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SciVal … Experts … Pure

May 29th, 2015 by Mary Wood

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 : an application that scans through Scopus to isolate faculty researcher profile summary data, including research topics and publications

SciVal includes author information such as H index, co-authors, cited papers, journals, grants, and affiliation
Also at the author level, provides trends, similar experts, research network, institutional network, and coauthor network
At department level, provides publications, journals, grants, trends, and institutional and research networks

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“In an effort to synergize inter-disciplinary clinical and translational research, UC Davis is committed to using innovative research tools and information technologies to promote collaboration regardless of organizational affiliation or position within the bench-to-bedside-to-population spectrum of science. This expertise portal is a key component of UC Davis mission to catalyze the application of new knowledge and techniques to clinical practice at the front lines of patient care.”

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Research profiles include those scientists from the
Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine

 

More about Pure & SciVal

Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature

December 12th, 2014 by Mary Wood

Understanding systematic reviews and levels of evidence is challenging, and relating it to clinical decisions difficult.
JAMA since 1994 has attempted to further understanding and help clinicians by publishing Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature.
The effort continues, 20 years later.

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The most recent article :

Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature July 09, 2014
How to Read a Systematic Review and Meta-analysis and Apply the Results to Patient Care: Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature
Murad; Montori;  Ioannidis; et al
JAMA. 2014; 312(2):171-179. doi: 10.1001/jama.2014.5559

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Three options for finding the Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature articles:

for UC Davis affiliates

PubMed (use VPN if off campus)
Search: users guides to the medical literature
Select interesting title, click on gold UCeLinks button to get full text

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purchase 2008 edition

Users’ Guides to the Medical Literature: A Manual for Evidence-Based Clinical Practice, 2nd Edition
Gordon Guyatt, Drummond Rennie, Maureen O. Meade, and Deborah J. Cook
American Medical Association, 2008

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limited open access to 1994-2005 articles

Users’ Guides to Evidence-Based Practice
University Alberta, Center for Health Evidence, provide access to a 2005 set of Users’ Guides originally published as a series in the JAMA: the full text pre-publication version of the series on behalf of the Evidence-Based Medicine Working Group with permission from the journal.

Questions? hslref@ucdavis.edu

BML : new hours

November 24th, 2014 by Mary Wood
BLAISDELL MEDICAL LIBRARY

effective Nov 24th

HOURS

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

Addressing Evidence-based Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interaction

October 15th, 2014 by Mary Wood

Request for Proposals

Deadline: December 1, 2014

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The Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation seeks to demonstrate that our relationship with pets and animals make the world a better place by significantly improving human health and quality of life. HABRI does this by advancing the growing body of evidence about the positive roles that companion animals play in the integrated health of individuals, families and communities.

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.HABRI is calling for research proposals to investigate the health outcomes of pet ownership and/or animal-assisted activity or therapy, both for the people and the animals involved. HABRI is interested in proposals that involve a variety of pet species (i.e. dogs, cats, fish, reptiles, small animals). Approximately $200,000 will be available for multiple grants. It is expected that between five and ten grants will be awarded. Proposals should focus on innovative approaches to studying the health effects of animals on humans within the following broad categories:
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Child Health and Development
Healthy Aging
Mental Health and Wellness

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HABRI, Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation

NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing

September 7th, 2014 by Amy Studer

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On August 26, 2014, the National Institutes of Health has issued a final NIH Genomic Data Sharing (GDS) policy “to promote data sharing as a way to speed the translation of data into knowledge, products and procedures that improve health while protecting the privacy of research participants.”(NIH, August 27, 2014)

According to a post in The Chronicle of Higher Education, “The data-sharing policy, which will take effect with grants awarded in January, will give agency-financed researchers six months to load any genomic data they collect—from human or nonhuman subjects—into a government-established database or a recognized alternative.” (Basken, August 28, 2014)

References and Additional Information:

Basken, P. (August 28, 2014).  NIH Tells Genomic Researchers: ‘You Must Share Data.’  The Chronicle of Higher Education.  Accessed September 7, 2014, from http://chronicle.com/article/NIH-Tells-Genomic-Researchers-/148509/

National Institutes of Health Genomic Data Sharing Governance Committee. (2014). Data use under the NIH GWAS Data Sharing Policy and future directions. Nature Genetics, 46(9), 934-938. doi: 10.1038/ng.3062.  Retrieved September 7, 2014, from http://www.nature.com/ng/journal/v46/n9/full/ng.3062.html

U.S. National Institutes of Health. (2014).  Genomic data sharing.  Accessed September 7, 2014, from http://gds.nih.gov/index.html

U.S. National Institutes of Health.  (August 27, 2014).  NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy (NOT-OD-14-124).  Accessed September 7, 2014, from http://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-14-124.html

U.S. National Institutes of Health. (August 27, 2014). NIH issues finalized policy on genomic data sharing.  NIH News & Events Blog.  Accessed September 7, 2014, from http://www.nih.gov/news/health/aug2014/od-27.htm