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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! 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

Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum OVAM

June 19th, 2015 by Mary Wood

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The Online Veterinary Anatomy Museum (OVAM) is a compendium of photos, drawings, radiographs and micrographs of animals commonly encountered by veterinary students. The virtual museum is composed of digital materials from more than 15 institutions including veterinary schools in the UK, the rest of Europe, India and Australasia.

The initial project, which developed out of WikiVet, was funded by JISC, a UK registered charity that supports use of digital technologies for education and research.
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SciVal … Experts … Pure

May 29th, 2015 by Mary Wood

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.SciVal Experts is now part of Pure

 : 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

One Health Graduate Seminar

March 3rd, 2015 by Mary Wood

Sessions : Monday and Wednesday 6:00pm‐8:00pm

Global health problems are complex and require culturally-sensitive, socially-acceptable, and action-oriented approaches to create practical and cost-effective solutions using a case-based format. This course will examine major health problems created by the convergence of human, animal, and environmental influences.

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REGISTRATION & CLASS DETAILS:

SPRING 2015:
Sessions for this one unit course take place every Monday and Wednesday 6:00pm‐8:00pm from March 30th to April 29th
One hundred percent attendance is required.

Participants can attend in Davis (Genome, Room 6202) or Sacramento (Education Building, Room 3228B). The class size for this course is limited; thus, a selection process is often implemented in order to maintain appropriate numbers and representation across disciplines.

2015 One Health Graduate Seminar Flyer

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New OA Journal: Veterinary Medicine & Science

December 9th, 2014 by Mary Wood

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Wiley has a new open access journal :  Veterinary Medicine and Science

Veterinary Medicine and Science is an international open access journal which publishes original, high-quality, peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of Veterinary Medicine and Science relating to companion, production and zoo animals.

Publish for free : they are waiving the APC for the first 15 accepted articles

Publicity cites the following as reasons to publish with Veterinary Medicine Science :
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High standard, rigorous peer review
Quality and reputation, supported by Wiley’s network of prestigious journals and societies
Immediate open access
Fully compliant with all open access mandates
Authors retain copyright. Articles published under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) License

Editor: Ed Hall MA VetMB, PhD, Dip-ECVIM-CA, MRCVS
Professor, Small Animal Internal Medicine, University of Bristol Veterinary School

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.

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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.

AVMA Animal Welfare Symposium

October 8th, 2014 by Mary Wood

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AVMA Animal Welfare Symposium 2014

Humane endings :
In search of best practices for the euthanasia, humane slaughter and depopulation of animals

November 3-5, 2014
Westin O’Hare Chicago

The symposium will bring together thought leaders from around the globe to take a comprehensive look at existing best practices for euthanasia, humane slaughter and depopulation-across applicable species-while also providing access to new research with an aim toward continuous improvement.

Information gathered at the symposium will assist the AVMA in keeping its recommendations for humane endings for animals current. Attendees are expected to include representatives from research, clinical practice and public policy.

Symposium Agenda