Today sees the launch of Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound in partnership with the Focused Ultrasound Foundation and the International Society for Therapeutic Ultrasound adding to the growing number of society journals in the BioMed Central portfolio.
Therapeutic ultrasound (also known as focused ultrasound) has the potential to be an alternative or complement for radiation therapy, the means to dissolve blood clots, and a way to deliver drugs in extremely high concentrations to a precise point in the body. It has the potential to treat of a variety of serious medical disorders, including cancer, uterine fibroids, essential tremor, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.
Journal of Therapeutic Ultrasound encompasses all aspects of therapeutic ultrasound, namely, …
Often referred to as the ‘the worst system imaginable except for all others’, peer review itself was under review on Monday 21 April, at the Experimental Biology conference in Boston. A panel, organised by BioMed Central and energetically chaired by Gregory Petsko, took on the issues faced by academics and editors in peer review.
The Oxford English Dictionary definition of peer review is ‘the evaluation of scientific, academic, or professional work by others working in the same field’. Participants in the panel discussion painted a rather more vivid picture of the painful reality of that evaluation, with its consequences for funding and careers.
Commentaries highlighting the inefficiencies, even failings, of peer review have seemingly been on the increase since …
This year's Abcam conference on 'non-coding RNAs, epigenetics and transgenerational inheritance' had a distinct Lamarckian flavor with conference Chair and 2013 Hooke medal recipient, Eric Miska, recommending Arthur Koestler's 'The case of the midwife toad' as extracurricular reading. In addition to his literary recommendations Miska discussed his recently published observations on the ability of piRNA phenotypes to be inherited through generations in C. elegans. The nematode and RNAi theme was continued in Scott Kennedy's talk, which focused on his recently published work on identifying genes required for RNAi inheritance in C. elegans. He identified such genes through screening for mutants defective in transmitting RNAi phenotypes to the next generation, but which are still able …
Last Friday marked the first anniversary of the launch of Agriculture & Food Security. To celebrate this important milestone in the journal’s history, an anniversary editorial has been published, describing the achievements of the last year, and reiterating the importance of research on this significant global issue.
Following a highly successful launch event at BioVision Alexandria – of which a highlights video is now available online – Agriculture & Food Security has had a rewarding first year of publishing. Over the last year, a number of highly accessed articles by eminent scientists in the field have been published. Topping this list is Albert Sasson’s review on tackling the food insecurity crisis …
Journal of Molecular Psychiatry, a new open access journal published by BioMed Central, has launched today with its first published articles.
In the launch Editorial, Editor-in-Chief Professor Johannes Thome highlights that one of the great achievements of molecular psychiatry is to ‘unravel the oversimplification of many theories in biological psychiatry and to open our eyes to the fundamental processes such as gene-environment interaction which enable us to integrate even psychotherapeutic and social concepts of mental health into a new holistic and integrative psychiatry’. In keeping with this objective, this new journal aims to disseminate state-of-the-art research focussing on psychiatric conditions, their diagnosis, therapy and prevention, by providing a platform for the rapid communication of scientific work focussing …
Research is crucial to ensuring that our healthcare and healthcare systems improve and develop to meet the needs of populations. The Academy for Healthcare Improvement fosters an interprofessional community that advances quality improvement in health care through scholarly and educational activities.
Implementation Science is pleased to announce the publication of a new supplement The Proceedings on Advancing the Methods for Healthcare Quality Improvement Research, covering a conference held by the Academy for Healthcare Improvement. The supplement includes presentations on study design, data registries, comparative effectiveness, and healthcare disparities. This conference, held on May 7-8, 2012, was a forum for the current state and future needs of quality improvement research and its methodological and technical …
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive lung condition typically affecting adults over 50 years old. There are limited approved treatment options and several complications associated with the condition, which can make treating patients with the condition a challenge.
A review supplement presenting 7 reviews on IPF from the 2011 Advancing IPF Research symposium in Berlin has recently been published in Respiratory Research, the leading open access journal in the field of respiratory medicine. As Professor Ulrich Costabel concludes in his introduction to the supplement “A key take-home message from this meeting is that each patient should be viewed as an individual case when considering the diagnostic and disease management approaches.”
The supplement, supported by …
Stand by for an important update on Genome Biology's highly anticipated, ultra-tricky, ultra-cool, *supreme* DNA60 Bioinformatics Challenge with a truly amazing prize…
Recently, we excited informatics enthusiasts with the prospect of a special Genome Biology Bioinformatics Challenge in honor of DNA60, but we were lamentably low on the detail. Here, we are putting that right.
So what is this Challenge all about then?
DNA60 celebrates the sixtieth anniversary of the publication of Watson and Crick's Double Helix, and Genome Biology will be marking the occasion, April 25th, with some special content. But we also wanted to have some fun, and to give away some prizes, so we decided to …
Each year BioMed Central’s Annual Research Awards celebrate excellence in scientific research made freely available through open access publishing within our portfolio of biology and medical journals. Now in their 7th year, they are intended to recognize the achievements of particular research teams in ten diverse subject-specific award categories spanning all areas of Biology, Medicine and Health Services Research. We also have an Open Data award recognizing leadership in the sharing of data and a Case Report of the Year Award for the best case report recognized for its originality and significance to clinical practice.We are pleased to announce the winners for the ten subject-specific award categories:
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It is not unusual per se for Nobel laureates to be quoted at genomics conferences, but it is perhaps a little out of the ordinary when the Nobel Prize in question is for Literature. But, then again, the Wellcome Trust's 'Genomic Disorders 2013: From 60 years of DNA to human genomes in the clinic' was not your run-of-the-mill conference; instead, a mesh of current research and historical (and futuristic) perspective paid tribute to the 60th anniversary of Watson and Crick's discovery of the double helix.
So it was not entirely out of keeping with expectations when philosopher (and former candidate for Slovene of the year) Renata Salecl stepped onto the podium and asked:
'Should I kill myself, or have …