BMC Medical Research Methodology at the 35th Annual Conference of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB).


BMC Medical Research Methodology will be heading next week to Vienna for the 35th Annual Conference of the International Society for Clinical Biostatistics (ISCB).


The conference will focus on issues such as design and analysis of clinical trials, methods in biostatistics and development of clinical prediction models. The journal is sponsoring one Conference Award for Scientists from countries underdeveloped in clinical biostatistics.


The Executive Editor, Giulia Mangiameli, will be happy to meet researchers to discuss the state of the field and their possible involvement in the Editorial Board of the journal.


We are looking forward to seeing you in Vienna!

Developing a more tolerant tummy

A bushy-tailed woodrat. Picture credit Oregon Caves

Woodrats living in the deserts of the US have a pretty poor selection of foods on offer. Juniper bushes and cactuses used to make up the majority of their diet. While I do love a bit of juniper once it’s made into gin, Monty Python’s life of Brian showed us, if any proof were needed, that a diet of just juniper bushes isn’t much fun (Profanity warning at the end of that clip). And cactus? No thanks.

But scientists looking at the genetics of woodrats have found that as creosote bushes have colonized the deserts where the woodrats lived, the animals managed to develop a tolerance to eating them, despite the fact that the bushes …

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Highlights of the BMC-series: July 2014



Decline in HIV-1 resistant mutations • Beyond ENCODE? • As dead as the Dodo and twice as mysterious• Back pain beliefs • Circulating tumour cells: prognosis in metastatic breast cancer?

Infectious Diseases : Decline in HIV- 1 resistant mutations
Drug resistant strains of HIV-1 remain a major constraint on the long term control of HIV-1 infection. Analysis of HIV-1 polymerase mutations in treatment failing patients between 2003-2012, according to class of antiretroviral regimen used at failure, suggests a reduction in acquired drug resistance with time irrespective of the specific antiretroviral class in use. The marked decline in resistance could be due to updated prescription guidelines and frequent use of resistance testing to guarantee the most favourable antiretroviral treatment …

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BMC Psychology at APA 2014


 BMC Psychology is looking forward to next week as the journal heads to Washington D.C for    the American Psychological Association Annual Convention.

The APA convention is the largest gathering of psychologists and psychology students in the world, promising to showcase exciting developments at the leading edge of psychological research, with delegate numbers reaching 14 000.

Programs and sessions will cover issues such as health disparities, use of technology, violence, integrated health care, and clinical practice.

Following a successful launch in Feb 2013, BMC Psychology is one of the newer additions to the BMC series portfolio. It is gradually building momentum and on its way to be becoming one of the handful of established open access, open peer reviewed …

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American Diabetes Association 2014


Last month BMC Endocrine Disorders was in San Francisco to attend the 74th Scientific Sessions of the American Diabetes Association (ADA); one of the largest and most prestigious conferences in the field of endocrinology.

Extremely well organised, the conference was attended by over 17,000 clinicians and scientists from 121 countries across the globe. With such an international audience it was thoughtful of the organisers to create a ‘World Cup Lounge’ so that everyone was able to keep in touch with the action in Brazil.

A wide range of talks were presented at the conference covering clinical medicine as well as basic science. An early highlight came from researchers on the ORIGIN, ACCORD and VADT studies which examined the relationship …

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The new Impact Factors are coming….

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Now is the time of year when journal editors all over the world sit repeatedly clicking ‘refresh’ on their browsers. Up? Down? Staying the same? What will happen to their journal’s Impact Factor when the Journal Citation Report is published? I will be as guilty as everyone else, scouring the lists for my journals; celebrating those whose impact factors have increased, looking into the why for those who have gone down. Truth be told though, here on the subject-specific journals of the BMC series, our attitude to our Impact Factors might be a little different than other journals.

Although there is increasing discussion about the best way to measure the impact of journals and articles, the Impact Factors …

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The Dodo and the Spotted Green Pigeon; solving a 200 year old mystery

Spotted Green Pigeon from Bulletin of the Liverpool Museums by Joseph Smit (2)

The Dodo, that remarkable flightless bird, has become an icon of extinction. However it was far from the only unique island bird to become extinct in the era of European exploration in the Indian and Pacific Oceans.

Of the many species lost in those times, the Spotted Green Pigeon is one of the most mysterious. It is known to us today from just a single museum specimen. Over 200 years after it was first described we are still unsure of where this pigeon lived, its relations to other birds or even if it was actually a unique species.


However new research, published today in BMC Evolutionary Biology, uses DNA taken from this one remaining specimen to not only resolve these …

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Can a bounty of females save reptile species from climate change?


A new paper published in BMC Ecology today asks whether climate change could bias the sex ratio of certain reptiles, leading to potential extinction risk. In this guest blog, Lisa Schwanz, one of the authors, describes what they found.

As humans, we take for granted that roughly equal numbers of sons and daughters will be born into our populations every year. But, have you ever considered what problems would arise if we started producing 75% sons? Or 90% daughters?

While this is just a thought experiment for humans, it’s a reality for many reptile species around the world whose sex ratios are linked to climate. For most turtles and many lizards, the sex of an individual is determined …

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Highlights of the BMC-series: June 2014


Genetic differences of island wolves • Black widow spider venom eQTL expression in the blood • Mobile phones support adherence to paediatric health Lipid metabolism in glioblastoma Capnography for intensive care

Ecology:  Genetic differences of island wolves

Variation in environment could explain genetic differences observed between mainland and island wolf populations, even over very short distances. Genetic analysis of faecal samples collected in coastal British Columbia revealed that wolves found in island archipelagos are genetically different from nearby populations living on the mainland, being significantly correlated to geographic distance between habitats. Despite wolves being seen swimming between landmasses, gene flow does not appear to be restricted by barriers such as water, further suggesting that genetic differentiation may …

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BMC Family Practice at 43rd Annual Scientific Meeting of SAPC.


BMC Family Practice is excited to be attending the 43rd annual conference of the Society for Academic Primary Care, held at the University of Edinburgh, 9-11 July 2014.

In addition to attending the scientific sessions, Executive Editor Magdalena Morawska is very interested in meeting with researchers to discuss their work and interests. Please feel free to approach her if you are interested in getting involved with the journal and joining our Editorial Board.

We look forward to meeting you in Edinburgh!