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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

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

Neuroscience Nobelist Cajal Drawings at NIH

December 5th, 2014 by Mary Wood

As reported in the December 5 NIH Record, seven drawings of the Spanish scientist-artist Santiago Ramon y Cajal are now on exhibit at NIH, Porter Neuroscience Research Center.

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Photographic “tiles” that reproduce details of tissue slides that Cajal prepared

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Comparison of competing ideas about the composition of the nervous system.

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“These drawings by Cajal, who was an artist, anatomist and is considered the father of modern neuroscience, will be inspiring to the scientists who work here.”

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His advances in neuroanatomy, brain pathology and developments defining the nervous system led Cajal to provide evidence of “neuron doctrine,” which is the basis for modern neuroscience. Cajal shared (with Italian pathologist Camillo Golgi of “Golgi stain” renown) the 1906 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine.

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“Cajal was able to show beautiful, elegant structures of individual neurons and link the structure of those neurons to their function.”

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The Cajal exhibit, developed and sponsored by Office of NIH History in the Office of Intramural Research, will be open through April.

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

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.

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

UC Davis conference: Interdisciplinary Interspecies Community

October 31st, 2014 by Mary Wood

All Things Great and Small: Interdisciplinary Interspecies Community

November 15-18, 2014

Keynote Speaker Frans de Waal
speaker information ; conference schedule
UC Davis campus and special off site locations
Conference registration $25 students, $45 faculty

 

UC Davis Interdisciplinary Animal Studies Research Group

The UC Davis Interdisciplinary Animal Studies Research Group gathers participants from the Humanities and Social Sciences, the School of Veterinary Science, the School of Law, and other fields to investigate contemporary and historical manifestations of animal issues such as the roles and uses of animals in society and cultural production, animal law, medical practice, ethics and animal rights, and broader theoretical questions of nonhuman life and animal status. The group seeks to advance and develop the field of Animal Studies through intensive multidisciplinary dialogue across diverse fields in conference, seminar, and publication settings. The group also supports activities including reading groups and research presentations.

Because evidence matters

October 27th, 2014 by Mary Wood

November offers a host of meetings addressing evidence-based research and systematic reviews, including a veterinary webinar, a toxicology workshop, and laboratory animal international symposium.

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3rd International Symposium on Systematic Reviews in Laboratory Animal Science

CAMARADES Collaborative Approach to Meta-Analysis and Review of Animal Data from Experimental Studies
Review of animal data from experimental studies
November 13th and 14th 2014
Washington, D.C.

 

Because evidence matters

6th EBVMA Symposium
Evidence-Based Veterinary Medicine Association
Friday 14 November 2014 (Webinar)

 

The Emergence of Systematic Review and Related Evidence-based Approaches in Toxicology

Evidence-Based Toxicology Collaboration
November 21, 2014
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD

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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Child Health and Development
Healthy Aging
Mental Health and Wellness

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HABRI, Human Animal Bond Research Initiative Foundation

Morris Animal Foundation

The UC Faculty Open Access Policy and what it means for you

October 13th, 2014 by Amy Studer

UC Open Access Policy Learn MoreThe UC Open Access Policy (http://osc.universityofcalifornia.edu/open-access-policy/ or http://uc-oa.info) was passed by the UC Academic Senate on July 24, 2013, and is going into effect for all UC campuses, including UC Davis, on November 1, 2014.
The policy grants UC faculty the right to make their articles freely available to the public by depositing a pre-publication copy in an open access repository. What does this policy mean for faculty at UC Davis?

Come to this talk by Catherine Mitchell of the California Digital Library (CDL), who will describe the tools and services that CDL is developing to support the policy, and Dr. Robert Powell of Chemical Engineering, who will give background on the policy and its passage through the UC Senate. Afterwards a Q&A panel will be held with the speakers, UC Davis librarians and open access researchers to answer questions and discuss the implications of the policy and open access.

This talk is being held during Open Access Week 2014, an annual international event to raise awareness about open access issues.

  • Catherine Mitchell and Dr. Robert Powell on the UC OA policy: talk and discussion
  • Wednesday, October 22, 2014
  • Shields Library, Nelle Branch Room, 2nd floor (at the far end of the main reading room)
  • 1:30-3:00pm

Questions? Contact Phoebe Ayers, psayers@ucdavis.edu