Development has published the first articles of a new review
series, in which leading researchers present apparently conflicting interpretations in parallel.
The series will focus on the mechanisms of neural
development for which large data sets are available, but no consensus interpretation has emerged. By inviting
the leading proponents of distinct viewpoints to present their hypotheses side-by-side, Neural Development
hopes to focus and stimulate debate on the central issues involved.
begins with a pair of articles by Marla Feller and Leo Chalupa. They
examine the idea that patterns of spontaneous electrical activity in retinal
cells provide instructions required for specific connectivity of retinal axons
with their targets in the lateral geniculate nucleus. …
The winner of this year’s Ikemi Award was Hiroki Nishimura, MA (National Institute of Mental Health, NCNP, Tokyo) for his article published in BioPsychoSocial Medicine.
Psychological and weight-related characteristics of patients with anorexia nervosa-restricting type who later develop bulimia nervosa
Nishimura H, Komaki G, Ando T, Nakahara T, Oka T, Kawai K, Nagata T, Nishizono A, Okamoto Y, Okabe K, Koide M, Yamaguchi C, Saito S, Ohkuma K, Nagata K, Naruo T, Takii M, Kiriike N, Ishikawa T, Japanese Genetic Research Group for Eating Disorders
BioPsychoSocial Medicine 2008, 2:5 (12 February 2008)
The 2008 Ikemi Award was presented to Mr Nishimura at the 50th Annual Meeting of the Japanese Society of Psychosomatic Medicine.
The Ikemi Award is …
More than 90% of a sample of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) published in Chinese journals between 1994 and 2005 did not adhere to recognised methodology for randomisation, according to a study published yesterday in Trials, casting doubt on the reliability of research that has the potential to influence medical decision-makers.
Wu and colleagues (Chinese Cochrane Centre at Sichuan University, China and Ottawa Hospital Research Institute) searched the China National Knowledge Infrastructure electronic database for reports published in the Chinese literature between January 1994 and June 2005, that were described by the authors as RCTs or claimed to have used random sequence generation or allocation concealment.
Telephone interviews with the first or co-authors of 2235 reports about randomisation methods and quality-control …
A review of randomised controlled trials (RCTs) that had been published in five prominent medical journals has revealed that heterogeneity of treatment effects (HTE) is frequently ignored or incorrectly analysed. The results of this study were published last week in Trials.
Some patients will experience more or less benefit from treatment than the averages reported from clinical trials; the magnitude of such variation in therapeutic outcome across a population is termed HTE. Highly variable treatment response rates are known to exist for many common conditions, including ischemic stroke and diabetes. Identifying HTE is therefore necessary to individualise treatment.
Gabler et al., conducted a review of the prevalence of HTE analyses in 319 RCTs published in Annals of Internal Medicine, …
Recent advances in materials and technology mean that the field of robotic exoskeletons is full of new and exciting potential. The purposes of and uses for exoskeletons are continually expanding, as is demonstrated in the series Robotic lower limb exoskeletons, edited by Dr Daniel Ferris and published in Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation.
Introduced by Dr Ferris’ commentary ‘The exoskeletons are here’, the nine articles in this series cover diverse topics ranging from robotic movement training after neurological injury, gait training after stroke, and energy harvesting exoskeletons that function by converting mechanical work at the knee into electrical energy.
Journal of NeuroEngineering and Rehabilitation is overseen by Editor-in-Chief Paolo Bonato and a prestigious …
Data publication: towards a database of
everything, a Commentary article published in BMC Research Notes, discusses the
changing nature of data publication, the challenges that face the Open Science
movement, and why the publication of primary scientific data is important to us
BioMed Central has pioneered the open
access publishing model and there has been rapid movement in the field of
research publishing in the last few years, with open access publishing now
firmly in the mainstream. The aim of BMC Research Notes is to reduce the loss
suffered by the research community when results remain unpublished because they
do not form a sufficiently complete story to justify the publication of a full
Richard Hays has recently joined Tai Pong Lam and Zorayda Leopando as co-Editor-in-Chief of Asia Pacific Family Medicine.
We are pleased to welcome Richard, the Head of the School of Medicine at Keele
University, onboard the journal. We would also like to extend our gratitude to Lyn
Clearihan for her hard work and dedication as she retires as co-Editor.
Family Medicine is
currently inviting contributions to a thematic series entitled ‘The expanding role
of family medicine in medical education’.
are invited to submit their latest research on this
topic for publication in a article series highlighting the important role of
GPs in medical education, review and commentary articles will also be
considered. Anyone wishing to …
A new BioMed Central journal, Stem Cell Research & Therapy, is now accepting submissions.
Stem Cell Research & Therapy aims to be the major forum for translational research into stem cell therapies. An international peer-reviewed journal, it will publish open access research articles of outstanding quality. The journal will have a special emphasis on translational, laboratory, and clinical research into stem cells. It will include animal trials, pre-clinical and clinical trials. We will consider adult, embryonic, and induced pluripotent stem cell research, especially with a focus on cell-based transplantation, drug discovery and testing, cell-mediated tissue response and biological effects stimulated by endogenous cells. We will have a unique focus on drug discovery and testing, stem cell manufacture, engineering, and biomaterials.
Following a gruelling 15 hour flight (my longest to date), I arrived in downtown Taipei to attend the 12th International Symposium of the Society of Chinese Bioscientists in America (SCBA). 2009 is the 25th Anniversary of SCBA and the 2nd time that the society had held their biennial meeting in Taiwan. With sessions at the symposium as diverse as aquaculture, cognitive neuroscience and even entrepreneurship, it is no wonder the event now attracts in excess of 1200 delegates.
I was invited to attend the symposium by Kuan-Teh Jeang (pictured above centre), editor of our highly successful independent journal, Retrovirology and President Elect of the SCBA.
Whilst I struggled with the heat and humidity and the total lack of Western …
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