The 2013 annual scientific meeting of the Canadian Society of Allergy and Clinical Immunology was held last month in Toronto, bringing together both Canadian and international experts from the allergy community. Covering both basic and clinical research, the conference was an important event for sharing knowledge amongst the specialists and researchers in attendance.
In addition to the traditional CSACI awards for best abstracts, this year’s conference was supported by AllerGen, who also ran their own poster competition for young researchers. AllerGen is the Allergy, Genes and Environment Network, one of Canada’s Networks of Centres of Excellence, and aims to promote collaboration between researchers, healthcare providers, industry, patient advocates and policy makers to improve the …
Two rarities seldom seen by Bostonians are the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting (aka ASHG) and the baseball World Series. The former was last in Boston 60 years ago, in 1953 – the year of the double helix. The latter, a contest between grown men – as evidenced by a dazzling roster of beards – playing some sort of rounders derivative, has not been won on home turf by the city's Red Sox since 1918. But both events converged this year, with the geneticists of ASHG more than equal to the task of keeping all four bases covered. That is, the DNA bases A, C, G and T.
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The AllTrials campaign (explained in a recent interview in our online magazine Biome) and books such as Ben Goldacre’s Bad Pharma have brought the issue of registration and reporting of clinical trials into the spotlight. The push for greater transparency continues to gain momentum. Recent discussions around the European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) proposal to proactively publish the information submitted to them as part of the standard marketing-authorisation application process has further brought the issue to the forefront. This data submitted to the EMA would be made available for independent reanalysis, after the EMA have completed their decision making process on the application.
Recently, BioMed Central attended a panel discussion organised by Oxbridge Biotech Roundtable (OBR) in which panellists, …
Has it started where you are? The unrelenting sniffles that seem to pass in a wave around the office. The feeling of dread at the unmistakable sound of a sneeze on the packed commuter train. As the temperature in more northern parts of the world lowers, flu season approaches.
Many of us may have had, or will get, the flu and recover after several days to a week of rest. Some people will not be so lucky. Those over the age of 65 and people with chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, impaired immunity, heart or kidney problems, and even pregnant women, are at risk of complications. These groups of people are encouraged to get
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How can people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases enjoy an optimal quality of life?
This is the topic addressed by campaigns and activities forming part of World Arthritis Day, which will be marked on Saturday 12th October. This day, which was established in 1996 by Arthritis and Rheumatism International, aims to raise awareness of the issues affecting people with rheumatic and musculoskeletal diseases (RMDs) and to ensure all people with RMDs and their caregivers are alerted to the vast support network available to them.
Over the next year the World Arthritis Day website, which is supported and managed by EULAR (the European League Against Rheumatism), will be running a series of …
In contrast to comparative research, case studies are individual reports related to the care and management of individual patients, and form the core of the namesake Journal of Medical Case Reports. While they are considered less rigorous than controlled clinical data involving larger samples sizes, and their anecdotal nature can lead to publication bias favouring rarer presentations, the persistence of case reports in the era of evidence-based medicine supports their value within the scientific method, particularly with the increasing focus on individualised care.
Most health professionals first encounter case reports during training; however, while many things in medical training are standardised, case reports are not. The EQUATOR network of guidelines on reporting health research has over 200 guidelines, …
Scoliosis, the official publication of the Society on Scoliosis Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Treatment (SOSORT) has today launched the meeting abstracts from the annual SOSORT meeting held earlier this year in Chicago, USA. The supplement features abstract presentations on a wide range of subjects within the field, such as the relationship between bone density and bone metabolism, integrating 3D optical imaging techniques for diagnostic analysis and psychological aspects of bracing in relation to age and duration of brace-wear.
The journal has also recently launched a new article collection on the Aetiology of Idiopathic Scoliosis, which focuses on advancements in biological pathways into the biochemistry and endocrinology of adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (AIS).
Idiopathic scoliosis, where …
Based on transcripts from the 11th Congress in Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine (2012) presentations held in London, this recently launched article collection is a selection of the highlights from last July.
Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine (EBPOM.org) is a not for profit project with the key objective of supporting the assessment, discussion and application of evidence based medicine to perioperative care. The Congress in Evidence Based Perioperative Medicine is an annual 2-day meeting which provides a forum for research development, the practical acquisition of essential skills and dissemination of evidence based perioperative knowledge.
Editors-in-Chief, Monty Mythen and Mark Hamilton, co-chair the Evidence-Based Perioperative Medicine (EBPOM) series of conferences, along with several …
Many years of legal argument culminated this week in a landmark ruling by the US Supreme Court. In Association for Molecular Pathology vs. Myriad Genetics, the SCOTUS judges ruled – unanimously – that isolated human genes are a product of nature and, as such, are not eligible for patent protection.
As advances in technology, namely the ease with which genes can now be sequenced, cast gene patents in an ever more anomalous light, Genome Biology and our sister journal Genome Medicine tackled the issue from a number of angles. You might even say that we brought a myriad of views to the debate…
Back in 2010, regular Genome Biology contributor Steven Salzberg published a
The May issue of Genome Medicine features two articles that highlight the role of microbes in human health and disease as part of a recently launched thematic series on this exact topic. Charis Eng muses on the importance of maintaining a healthy microbiome to prevent disease and discusses how microbiome profiles could be used as a diagnostic tool for cancer. On a related topic, a study by Chris Boshoff and colleagues reveals that specific genetic alterations are associated with human papillomavirus (HPV) status in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma. Notably, HPV-positive tumors have more copy number alterations in the PI3 kinase pathway, which might be important for the interpretation of current …