Posts tagged: Conferences

The “strength of weak ties” for interdisciplinary research (and the value of a good conference!)

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Guest blogger Jay Shaw follows up on his last post about interdisciplinary health research by looking at how making casual connections can help to seek out new interdisciplinary ideas.

In the world of health research there are many of us learning to negotiate a life as an interdisciplinary researcher in which we can do the work that interests us while still actually communicating with all of our colleagues. That’s easier said than done, but based on the experience of our many interdisciplinary role models it must be possible!

My first strategy in trying to build this interdisciplinary space was to latch on to someone who was struggling through the same issues of working across disciplines that I was. …

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Help me: I’m interdisciplinary! – A blog post about interdisciplinary health services research

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In this post, new guest blogger Jay Shaw looks at the challenges of working across disciplines in research and what can be done to address them.

I have a dilemma. I am a postdoctoral researcher in health services and policy research at University Health Network in Toronto, Canada. I am trained as a physiotherapist; I did my PhD in Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, which was supervised by a physiotherapist, a psychologist, and a nurse; and my postdoctoral advisory committee includes a geographer, a sociologist, and an anthropologist. I guess I’m still sorting through my disciplinary identity crisis.

This might sound a bit like an educational carnival (thanks to Mikhail Bakhtin for that one), but it’s actually just a reflection of …

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Fostering open access in Asia


Research output in Asia is growing fast. According to National Science Foundation indicators published in February this year, the number of articles published by researchers in Asian countries increased from 89,000 in 1997 to 212,000 in 2011.

If that trend continues, Asia – with China very much in the vanguard – is likely to overtake both the US and European Union in terms of research output in the very near future. A Royal Society report from 2011 predicted that China would overtake the US sometime around now!

Given this trend, it makes sense that we’re also seeing an increase in the number of researchers from Asia choosing to publish their research open access. According to Joyce Li, our Journal Development …

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Publication ethics in Europe – COPE European Seminar 2014


This year the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) European Seminar was held in Brussels, the first time it has taken place outside of London. Delegates were treated to a varied and thought provoking program covering the vast topic of European perspectives on publication ethics. Publication ethics is a vitally important topic for editors, as it underpins the integrity of the published literature.

Simon Godecharle, PhD fellow at the Centre for Biomedical Ethics and Law, University of Leuven, began the day with an engaging talk on guidance on research and publication ethics in Europe. He presented his work on identifying national guidance on research integrity, which found that these documents are hard to access and vary between countries, …

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Expert insights into epigenetic interactions and processes

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To mark the BioMed Central conference Epigenetics & Chromatin: Interactions and processes that took place in Boston earlier this year, the open access journal Epigenetics & Chromatin has published a series of review articles that focus on addressing some of the biggest questions in epigenetics today.


The final review of the series, by Anton Wutz (ETH Zurich, Switzerland), has been published today, discussing how haploid genomes illustrate epigenetic constraints and gene dosage effects in mammals. In this review the authors, who have significantly advanced our understanding of haploidy in mammals, provide an insightful summary of systems available to study haploid genomes.


Other reviews in the series include a description of the role of the …

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Data curveballs and variant strikeouts: Genome Biology plays the perfect game at ASHG2013

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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.

Mo' data, mo' solutions?

The most inventive session …

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Day 3 – 5th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (#COASP)


Our Storify continues with the 3rd and final day of COASP. The morning kicked off with Simon Thomson from Open Access Key.

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From risk factors to therapies – the latest in neurodegenerative research


On 10th-12th September 2013, Molecular Neurodegeneration, teamed with BioMed Central, held their third international conference in the beautifully sunny Cannes, France – Molecular Neurodegeneration: Basic biology and disease pathways.  Attended by approximately 200 of both the top neurodegenerative researchers in the field and bright neuroscientists of the future, this meeting allowed for the sharing of the latest breakthrough findings as well as lively debates concerning where the future of this research area lies.


The expert organising committee of Guojun Bu, Robert Vassar, Huaxi Xu, Hui Zheng, Frédéric Checler and Henrietta M Nielsen assembled a high calibre of speakers that were divided into sessions to discuss the risk factors, pathology, mechanisms and therapy for a …

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BioMed Central at the International Congress of Nutrition


BioMed Central will be attending the IUNS 20th International Congress of Nutrition 2013 in Granada, Spain from 16-20th September, representing our open access nutrition journals.

At BioMed Central we are always keen to hear from our authors and readers, and we’d be delighted to meet you there. We would be especially interested in hearing your views on the BioMed Central portfolio of nutrition journals, including Nutrition Journal, Nutrition & Metabolism, and IJBNPA.

We will be blogging and tweeting from the conference. You can follow us on our global health Twitter account, @GHWindow, where we’ll be tweeting …

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Latest developments in Alzheimer’s drug discovery


Accelerating the development of innovative treatments for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is the target for scientists brought together at the 14th International Conference on Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery, and the focus of a special thematic series in Alzheimer’s Research & Therapy.

Hosted by the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), on 9 – 10 September 2013 in Jersey City, USA, academic and industry scientists will attend the annual conference to highlight scientific progress on drug discovery programs aimed at treating Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as forming partnerships with fellow researchers.

Early bird registration ends this Friday, 9th August  – don’t miss out!

ADDF is a public charity supporting the advancement of drugs to prevent, treat, and cure Alzheimer’s …

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