Sad loss of an eminent Editor

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Professor
Barbara Starfield, co-Editor-in-Chief of International Journal for Equity in Health
and Professor of Health Policy and Management at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health, died suddenly on Friday 10 June 2011. Her death comes as a huge loss to the
field
of primary health care and health policy, in which she is considered one of the
most important researchers.

Throughout her career Professor Starfield’s
overriding concerns were understanding the impact of health services on health,
especially with regard to the relative contributions of primary care and
specialty care on reducing inequities in health.  She was instrumental in leading projects
worldwide to develop important methodological tools for assessing diagnosed
morbidity burden.  In 1996 she
co-founded the International …

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Retrovirology and McFarlin Awards

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Retrovirology and McFarlin Awards presented at the 15th International Conference on Human Retrovirology

At the recently concluded 15th International Conference on Human Retrovirology: HTLV and Related viruses (June 4-8, 2011, Belgium), Retrovirology recognized Professor Luc Willems, Research Director, Molecular and Cellular Biology Lab, Gembloux and Professor University Liege with its HTLV research and leadership award. The biennial Retrovirology sponsored HTLV-1 Award has been awarded previously to Mitsuaki Yoshida, Charles Bangham, and Carlos Brites.

Presentation of the Retrovirology HTLV Award (left to right) Luc Willems, Kuan-Teh Jeang (editor in Chief, Retrovirology), Ali Bazerbachi (award committee chair) and Veffa Franchini (International Retrovirology Association president)

At the same meeting, Kuan-Teh Jeang (Editor-in-Chief, Retrovirology) received the International Retrovirology Association’s (IRA) …

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Clinical and Translational Allergy: from bench to bedside

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Clinical and Translational Allergy, an official journal of the European Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (EAACI), has launched with BioMed Central under the expert leadership of Editor-in-Chief Jan Lötvall and Managing Editor, Victoria Cardona.

Clinical and Translational Allergy was formally launched at the EAACI congress in Istanbul, Turkey on 13th June 2011. The journal provides a forum for the publication of articles on all aspects of allergy, whether based on clinical, translational or basic research, encouraging discussion among researchers, clinicians, policy makers and educators in the field of allergy.

The journal launched with several articles demonstrating the wide scope of the journal, including …

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IJPE now publishing with BioMed Central

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International
Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology (IJPE)
has today begun
publishing articles with BioMed Central. The journal is the fifth
journal this year to move to our publishing platform after having previously
been hosted elsewhere. In the case of IJPE, the journal’s previous
content is currently available in its entirety on Hindawi’s site and can be
accessed here

Edited
by Professor Scott Rivkees, Director of Yale Child Health Research Center,
IJPE publishes up-to-the minute clinical, translational, and basic
research that acts as a valuable resource and forum for communication to
pediatric endocrinologists and associated societies worldwide. Commenting on the initiative behind the journal,
Professor Rivkees states:

"The
field of Pediatric Endocrinology is …

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BioMed Central and Edanz host free “Open Access and Scientific Writing” workshops in China

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BioMed Central and Edanz
hosted two complimentary workshops for authors in China last month. Zhejiang
University School of Medicine (ZUSM), a BioMed Central member, and Shanghai
Jiao Tong University School of Medicine (SJTU-SM), hosted more than 140
scientists at seminars, led by Ms Diane Wang, Publishing Manager China for BioMed Central, and Dr Warren Raye, Senior Life Sciences
Editor for Edanz.

The workshops comprised two lectures, “BioMed Central:
Making Scientific Findings More Open" and "How to Write and Publish
Scientific Articles". Attendees learnt about the open access publishing
landscape and BioMed Central’s open access journal portfolio, as well as
hearing key points  on manuscript
preparation and submission, including study design, journal selection,
manuscript structure and common …

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Open access publishing: ten-fold increase in ten years

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A new study into the growth of open access publishing has highlighted a ten-fold increase over the last decade. The average annual growth rate in the number of open access articles published is now over 30%, demonstrating the increasing appetite in the scientific community for peer-reviewed research to be freely available online.

The number of open access journals has also increased, on average, 18% year-on-year over the same period. In comparison, there is a reported 3.5% yearly increase in the total number of peer reviewed journals with 7.7 % of all peer reviewed journal articles coming from open access journals in 2009.

The study was conducted by a team of researchers from the HANKEN School of
Economics and published in the journal PLoS One.

The Genetic Alliance Conference June 24, 2011

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Guest blog post from Sharon F. Terry, CEO of Genetic
Alliance and Project co-leader of THAT’SMYDATA. Here, Sharon talks about
the Genetic Alliance Conference which will continue several projects started at
the Sage Commons Congress, a meeting which launched
several data sharing initiatives and at which Editor-in-Chief Eric Schadt announced a new
BioMed Central journal,
Open Network Biology.

Silence welcomes new co-Editor-in-Chief

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In an exciting new development for Silence, Yijun Qi has recently been appointed as co-Editor-in-Chief.

Dr Qi is an Associate Investigator at the National Institute of Biological Sciences in Beijing, China, and his research interests focus on the mechanisms of RNAi pathways and the biological functions of small RNAs in plants. He joins Prof Phillip Zamore, University of Massachusetts Medical School, in leading the journal, supported by an expert Editorial Board.

We would also like to take this opportunity to thank Prof David Baulcombe, University of Cambridge, who is stepping down as co-Editor-in-Chief of Silence. His contribution to the journal since its inception is highly valued and we are pleased to have his ongoing support in his …

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Genetic defects linked to Alzheimer’s disease

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Alzheimer’s disease is the
most common cause of dementia in the developed world. Recent progress has
resulted in a flurry of papers identifying new genes linked to this disease
and Genome Medicine is pleased to
have published one of these key papers.

Despite continued
investigation, the causes of Alzheimer’s disease are not yet fully understood
but they are thought to be a mixture of genetic and environmental factors.
Several studies have used genome-wide association
studies (GWAS) to search the entire human genome for genes that are
mutated in Alzheimer’s sufferers in the hope of finding a way to treat or slow
down the disease.

A team of researchers
across Spain …

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Microbial Informatics and Experimentation; bridging the gap between computers and microbes

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BioMed Central launches a new journal
today, Microbial Informatics and Experimentation, under the leadership of
Editors-in-Chief Barry Wanner and Michael Wise.

Microbial Informatics and Experimentation (MIE) is a journal about computers and microbes”, say the
co-Editors-in-Chief in
their inaugural Editorial, satisfying the need for a “new journal to fill a gap for which there is no publication avenue
that is particularly geared to computationally-oriented, strongly
biologically-motivated, pragmatic articles focused on microbes”.

As such, MIE publishes high-quality research related to the application of
computational methods to data from microbial organisms and systems. The journal
covers a wide range of topics, from microbial systems biology to metagenomics.

MIE launches
today with a …

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