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SciVal … Experts … Pure

May 29th, 2015 by Mary Wood



.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


“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.”



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


More about Pure & SciVal

New NIH biosketch format May 25, 2015

May 12th, 2015 by Mary Wood

Notice Number: NOT-OD-15-032

New Biographical Sketch Format Required for NIH and AHRQ Grant Applications May 25, 2015
Research grant applications, career development, training grant, and all other application types should use the general Biographical Sketch Format Page and instructions and sample.

Tool to Help Build the New Biosketchsciencv_2

SciENcv serves as an interagency system designed to create biosketches for multiple federal agencies, and supports the new biosketch format.

SciENcv pulls information from available resources making it easy to develop a repository of information that can be readily updated and modified to prepare future biosketches. A YouTube video provides instructions for using SciENcv.

Start Using SciENcv to Create and Maintain Your Biosketch Profiles


Three changes to the biosketch:

The allowed length has been increased from four to five pages.

Up to five of the applicant’s most significant contributions to science are to be included in section C. Description can include the impact of each, its context and the role of the applicant. The importance of each contribution can be underscored by up to four peer-reviewed publications, videos, patents, databases or other products.

A URL to the applicant’s publicly available bibliography may be provided.

The primary difference is section C. In SciENcv, you can add contributions and select citations to support them from your Bibliography. It also allows you to include a link to your complete Bibliography

Every researcher with a MyNCBI account has access to the MyBibliography and SciENcv tools. If you maintain MyBibliography as you publish and edit the settings to make it “Public,” you will be provided with a URL that you can share on your biosketch.

SciENcv is connected to MyBibliography, and you can directly import the citations you want into section C. To create the new biosketch in SciENcv, click on “Create New Profile.” You will be given three options—to create a profile from scratch, from an external source or from another profile. To minimize the amount of changes you need to make, if you have used SciENcv before, select “from another profile.” If you have an eRA commons account, you can use it as the external source. Both options auto-populate sections of your biosketch. In all cases the type of document that you should create is “New NIH Biosketch.”


UCLA CTSI NIH Biosketch Tips  (includes recorded webinar)

Access to Global Unique Device Identification Database

May 6th, 2015 by Mary Wood

NLM and FDA Launch Public Access to Global Unique Device Identification Databaseindex

The FDA and the National Library of Medicine announced that data submitted to FDA’s

Global Unique Device Identification Database (GUDID)

is now publicly available through a website called AccessGUDID

Search / download information that device labelers have submitted to the GUDID about their medical devices.

Because the UDI system is being phased in over the next several years, labelers are currently submitting data on only the highest risk medical devices, a small subset of marketed devices. But as the system is implemented according to the UDI compliance timeline, the records of all medical devices required to have a UDI will be included.

This is a beta version of AccessGUDID; after exploring its contents and assessing its functionality, please provide feedback in order to shape future enhancements, including advanced search and web services.  Submit feedback through the Contact Us link at the bottom of the AccessGUDID landing page or the FDA UDI Help Desk.

Changes to Google Chrome — Problems with Scopus and Ovid

April 24th, 2015 by Bruce Abbott

Google Chrome Version 42 recently instituted a change that turned the Java web plugin off by default. This leads to problems with how Google Chrome interacts with some of the Library’s databases, including Scopus and Ovid.

Elsevier has added these easy to follow directions to the Scopus web pages on how you can re-enable the Java web plugin.

NEJM Videos: Superior experience with UCDavis Library VPN Client

April 23rd, 2015 by Amy Studer

Did you know that there are several different approaches for remote access to UC Davis Library licensed resources?  Most people are familiar with the Web VPN, but the VPN Client works better in a number of situations.  VPN_button

For example, New England Journal of Medicine has some really helpful “videos in clinical medicine,” including:


Putting On and Removing Personal Protective Equipment
Rafael Ortega, M.D., Nahid Bhadelia, M.D., Osamede Obanor, B.S., Kyle Cyr, M.A., Priscilla Yu, B.A., Maureen McMahon, R.N., and Dahlia Gotzmann, B.S.N.  N Engl J Med 2015; 372:e16March 19, 2015DOI: 10.1056/NEJMvcm1412105

Video link:


The VPN Client is the recommended authentication approach for viewing these videos from off-campus.

Here are instructions about how to install the VPN Client:

Note:  Installing the VPN Client requires installing Java as a first step.

For problems with installing JAVA or the VPN Client software, contact:


Choose the VPN Client (Network Connect) if you:

  • Tend to use multiple windows and tabs in your browser
  • You often connect to PDFs which have URL links
  • You want to use the “Find Full Text” feature in EndNote
  • Use MyNCBI in PubMed
  • Rely on licensed resources not accessible via the Web VPN
  • Prefer uninterrupted access to licensed resources from your own computer
  • Prefer OS-level rather than browser-level access to licensed resources

Let us know how the VPN Client works for you… OR

OpenHelix: bioinformatics & genomics tutorials (trial)

April 14th, 2015 by Mary Wood


Click here for trial access

[Note:  We have received some reports of problems viewing in Chrome and Firefox browsers when using the Web VPN.  No problems have been reported with Internet Explorer.]

To access and analyze the vast amounts of data available, the researcher and scientist must learn how to use the databases and tools that are used to store and analyze genomics and genomics related data.

To help faculty, staff and students quickly learn to use these resources, OpenHelix has created over 100 tutorial suites on critical databases and tools.

The University Library currently has a trial subscription and the opportunity to evaluate the OpenHelix bioinformatics and genomics tutorial suites.

“The tutorial suites include an introductory online narrated tutorials, can be viewed from beginning to end or navigated using chapters and forward and backward sliders.  In addition to the tutorials, training materials including the animated PowerPoint slides used as a basis for the tutorial, suggested script for the slides, slide handouts, and exercises.”


Questions and comments: and

USDA Petitions: Definition of Alternatives & Establish Standards

April 1st, 2015 by Mary Wood

USDA requests comment on a petition to

Define Alternatives to Procedures That May Cause Pain or Distress and
to Establish Standards Regarding Consideration of These Alternatives

This Proposed Rule document was issued by the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS)

For related information, Open Docket Folder

APHIS has received a petition requesting amendment of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) regulations to define the term alternatives, clarify the existing definition of painful procedure, and establish standards governing the consideration of such alternatives at research facilities that are registered under the AWA regulations. This petition is available to the public and they are soliciting comments regarding the petition and any issues raised by the petition that should be taken into account.

Comments due on or before May 29, 2015.

Submit comments online or as noted.

Supplementary information

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.



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


New talks: Animal models in biomedical research

February 23rd, 2015 by Mary Wood





…..Henry Stewart Talks

…..Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

Animal Models in Biomedical Research






Basic principles of animal models

  1. The moral status of invasive animal research
    Prof. Bernard E. Rollin  –  Colorado State University, USA
  1. Legal aspects of using animals for research in the U.S.
    Dr. B. Taylor Bennet  –  Management Consultant, USA
  1. Modern production of laboratory animals
    Dr. Martin Toft  –  Adlast, DK

Modern techniques for the creation of animal models

  1. Creating animal models by genetic techniques
    Mr. Emmanuel Gomas  –  Transgenic Technologies Training and Consulting, 3TC, FR
  1. Surgical models and perioperative care in swine
    Prof. M. Michael Swindle  –  Medical University of South Carolina, USA
    Prof. Mary Ann McCrackin  –  Medical University of South Carolina, USA
  1. Improving and humanizing animal models by microbiomic techniques)
    Prof. Axel Kornerup Hansen  –  University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Specific animal models

  1. Behavioral phenotyping of mouse models of neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders
    Prof. Jacqueline N. Crawley  –  UC Davis MIND Institute, Robert E. Chason Endowed Chair in Translational Research, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, UC Davis School of Medicine
  1. Development of immunotherapies for type 1 diabetes. Value and limitations of mouse models.
    Prof. Matthias von Herrath  –  Novo Nordisk Ltd, USA

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