A forum for the dissemination and discussion of sarcoma research

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Clinical Sarcoma Research (CSR) has launched with BioMed Central. CSR publishes the latest advances on rare solid cancers – sarcomas – and aims to be a platform for the sharing and discussion of clinical knowledge within this field.

Editors-in-Chief, Paola Casali and Angelo Dei Tos highlight networking as vital for dealing with rare cancers, and therefore the journal encourages clinicians and researchers to share their first-hand medical experiences and translational research with the global sarcoma community. It is also hoped that guidelines for better diagnosis, treatment and patient care can be developed through the sharing of clinical and translational research.

In clinical sarcoma …

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Genome Biology’s Viennese waltz at the ISMB

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The organizers of the 19th Annual International Conference on Intelligent Systems for Molecular Biology (ISMB) could not have predicted that the funeral of an heir to the imperial Hapsburg throne would draw the eyes of the world to Vienna on the July 16 2011, but so it was that the Viennese streets were overflowing with computational biologists just in time for the city to spend a day in the global spotlight.

The ISMB, which this year was held jointly with the 10th Annual European Conference on Computational Biology, is perhaps the major event of the computational biology calendar. Among the more than 1,700 delegates attending ISMB 2011 were keynote speakers Bonnie Berger, Alfonso Valencia, Luis Serrano, …

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European Consultation on Scientific Information in the digital age

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The European Commission (EC) has announced a consultation on ‘scientific information in the digital age’. The consultation is running until 9th September 2011 so if you’re as interested in open access and open data as we are then the EC wants to hear your opinion on the following issues:

 how scientific articles could become more accessible to researchers and society at large
 how research data can be made widely available and how it could be re-used
 how permanent access to digital content can be ensured and what barriers are preventing the preservation of scientific output

 

The EC is hoping to push for improved knowledge circulation in the European research area and this initiative is being spearheaded by Commissioner for Research and Innovation,

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‘Chronicity’ and chronic health conditions: implications for health and health care

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Chronic
diseases are diseases that persist over time and include both the traditionally
identified non-communicable diseases (cardiovascular and metabolic disease and
cancers) and infectious diseases which require long term management or serial
treatment of acute episodes.

Recent technological
and pharmaceutical advances have supported better diagnosis and long term
management of chronic diseases but come at a massive cost to individuals and to
health systems, especially in lower and
middle income countries with poor health care infrastructures and a
persistent burden of infectious diseases. Further, chronic diseases can have
major implications for both the affected persons and their families due to a
requirement for major changes in lifestyle for prevention and management.

The concept of ‘chronicity’ provides a framework …

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International Journal for Equity in Health welcomes Dr Shadmi and Professor Shi

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Following
the sad loss of eminent editor Prof
Barbara Starfield
, we would like to announce that Dr Efrat Shadmi from the University of Haifa and Professor Leiyu Shi from the Johns Hopkins University have been appointed as co-Editors-in-Chief of International
Journal for Equity in Health
.

Dr
Shadmi
is a Lecturer at the Cheryl Spencer Department of Nursing at the
University of Haifa, Israel and a health policy consultant to Israel’s largest
non-profit health care organization. Her research focuses on evaluating
equitable health care delivery and its outcomes, evaluation of organizational
mechanisms to reduce inequity in care and on methods to better understand the
distribution of morbidity between population groups.

Leiyu
Shi
is Professor of health policy and …

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Going Beyond the Genome

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I’m very pleased that the program for Beyond the Genome 2011 is now available on the conference website.  This BioMed Central conference, organised by our sister journal Genome Biology in conjunction with Genome Medicine,
is now in its second year and promises an exciting program of talks and
posters from key areas of post-genomic research in biology and
medicine, as well as a Genome Informatics Workshop the day before the conference. 

The sessions include internationally renowned speakers in a range of fields across biology and medicine. Of particular interest to me are those centred around the application of next-generation sequencing technologies to the fields of cancer and Mendelian disease.  I’m particularly looking forward

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Biotechnology for Biofuels welcomes Debra Mohnen as co-Editor-in-Chief

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Biotechnology for Biofuels welcomes Professor Debra Mohnen (University of Georgia) as a new Editor-in-Chief, joining Charles Wyman, Bärbel Hahn-Hägerdal and Mike Himmel at the helm. Debra becomes a successor to Chris Somerville, amongst the four Editors-in-Chief, in leading the way for plant science within the journal and providing complimentary expertise to her co-editors.

Debra’s research focuses on pectin biosynthesis and pectin function in plants and on the improvement of plant cell wall structure to increase the efficiency of conversion of plant wall biomass to biofuels. As a rising star in complex carbohydrate research, Debra received an NIH National Research Service Award before her appointment to a faculty position at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at UGA, where she is now …

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Building maps of disease biology; Open Network Biology is now accepting submissions

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“The failure of
biology to identify the molecular causes of disease has led to disappointment
in the rate of development of new medicines.”
Derry et al. in
Nature Precedings

Understanding the complex interactions that underlie human disease is key
to developing better targets for new drug discoveries and more personalized
healthcare for patients. With the age of blockbuster
drugs coming to an end
, there is a growing need for open collaboration and
data sharing to continue progress in the fight against serious disease. Open Network Biology, a new journal from BioMed
Central that is now accepting submissions, aims to facilitate this goal by
publishing network-based models of living systems linked to the corresponding
coherent datasets upon …

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‘Beyond the Tree of Life’: a new thematic series

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The Tree of Life is a powerfully attractive representation of an evolutionary process and pattern that has been severely challenged by the discovery of extensive horizontal gene transfer in bacteria, archaea and other organisms.
 
To mark the 150 years since the publication of Darwin’s On the Origin of Species, a new thematic series, ‘Beyond the Tree of Life’, has been published in Biology Direct. The articles in this series reflect on the future of Tree of Life studies in light of the challenges they face and the stimulus such challenges have offered to efforts to reconstruct a unique tree of evolutionary relationships.

Edited by Maureen O’Malley and Yan Boucher, the series brings together articles that …

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The mystery of myofascial trigger points

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Fibromyalgia is a long-term condition that causes widespread bodily pain and extreme tiredness, and affects nearly 1 in 20 people. There is no current cure and the causes of the disorder are unknown, however treatments to help manage the symptoms can improve quality of life for the patients.  A theory which is as yet widely contentious amongst the medical community is that fibromyalgia-associated pain can be described in terms of myofascial trigger points (MTPs). These are areas of focal muscle tenderness and nodularity from which pain radiates, which can be either latent (in healthy individuals) or active (in fibromyalgia patients).

A research paper by Ge et al. recently published in

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