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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

Review Articles in BioMed Central Journals Now Open Access

January 22nd, 2015 by Deanna Johnson

BioMed Central publishes 274 open access journals in biology and medicine.

More than 60 subject-specific journals are in the BMC series

A number of the titles in BioMed Central’s portfolio are journals that transferred and converted from the subscription model to open access.

Review articles in the following journals will no longer require a subscription to read; they will be open access like the rest of the BioMed Central portfolio.

Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy

Arthritis Research & Therapy

Breast Cancer Research

Critical Care

Genome Biology

Genome Medicine

Stem Cell Research & Therapy

Henry Stewart Talks added to University Library collection

January 22nd, 2015 by Deanna Johnson

Henry Stewart Talks


UC Davis University Library has licensed the Henry Stewart Talks Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection for 2015. This collection currently contains 1800 lectures, of various lengths, by leading world experts.

Additional lectures are added monthly, a running list of which may be viewed here.


Recent lectures include:

Experimental Design and Statistics

January 14th, 2015 by Mary Wood

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


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.


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

Animal Husbandry and Experimental Design

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

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

Teaching Experimental Design

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

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


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

MD Consult retires 12/31/14

December 29th, 2014 by Mary Wood


Elsevier is retiring MD Consult as their delivery platform for electronic medical texts, including medical textbooks, Clinics of …, and some clinically oriented journals. The UC health sciences libraries representatives (UC Davis health sciences librarians are involved) has been negotiating for an alternative product with limited success, and continue to explore other options. With the Elsevier titles previously accessed through MD Consult unavailable starting January 2015, paper copies and/or alternative electronic versions may be possible.

For further information or guidance about how to access books and journals previously available from MD Consult, consult the “Farewell to MD Consult” guide or Harvest catalog.

We encourage you to contact us with your questions or concerns. | 916-734-3529

SciENcv: Science Experts Network Curriculum Vitae

December 15th, 2014 by Mary Wood


…  A researcher profile system for all individuals who apply for, receive or are associated with research investments from federal agencies.

SciENcv is a feature in My NCBI that helps you create online professional profiles that can be made public to share with others.

eRA Commons and ORCID account holders who have linked their accounts to My NCBI can have their SciENcv profiles automatically populated with the information stored in their biographical records.


Library Guide on Author IDs and ORCID


Earlier blog post re beta version, November 7th, 2013
SciENcv – Science Experts Nework
NIH Notice, NOT-OD-13-114

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.


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


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


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


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.


New OA Journal: Veterinary Medicine & Science

December 9th, 2014 by Mary Wood


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 :

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.


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


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


“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.”


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.


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



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

effective Nov 24th


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