BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders is excited to be attending the American College of Rheumatology (ACR) Annual Meeting 2013 held in San Diego, CA, from the 25th to the 30th of October.
The ACR Annual Meeting is the premier scientific meeting devoted to the rheumatic diseases, bringing together thousands of rheumatologists and rheumatology health professionals from around the world to discuss the latest science, research and treatment in rheumatology.
If you are attending the conference and would like to meet to discuss the journal or your work and interests, please contact Executive Editor Catia Cornacchia.
We look forward to meeting you in San Diego!
BMC Public Health will be attending the American Public Health Association’s (APHA’s) 141st annual meeting and exposition held in Boston, MA from the 2nd to the 6th of November. This year’s theme ‘Think Global, Act Local’ aims to bring public health professionals the skills to address global health issues both at home and abroad by highlighting the best public health practices around the world with interactive educational courses, scientific sessions and much more.
If you are attending the conference and would like to meet to discuss the journal or your work and interests, please contact Senior Executive Editor Natalie Pafitis in advance of the meeting.
We look forward to meeting you in Boston!
It was hard to keep politics out of the 2013 meeting of the Royal College of General Practitioners, held in Harrogate, UK earlier this month and attended by approximately 1700 practising GPs and primary care researchers – as well as BMC Family Practice.
The reason for this? The UK government has recently enacted far-reaching reforms to the organisation and delivery of primary care. With Prime Minister David Cameron also announcing just a few days before the RCGP meeting plans for all GP practices to open from 8AM to 8PM, seven days a week, GPs in the UK are more aware than most health professionals of how substantially politics can affect them.
It’s fair to say many of the attendees …
BMC International Health & Human Rights is excited to be attending the World Health Summit (WHS) 2013 held in Berlin, Germany, from 20-22 October. The WHS will bring together key stakeholders in international health and development, with a vision to improve health worldwide and set the agenda for future research, education and health care policy.
If you are attending the conference and would like to meet to discuss your work and interests, please contact Executive Editor Irene Pala.
We look forward to meeting you in Berlin.
Different strokes for different folks • Parasite oversight • A soft touch induces strong resistance • Image of the month • Undergrads sequence sea lions • Targeting microspheres to mesothelioma • Assess your horse tendon fibroblast “health” • Importance of monitoring renal function
Medical Education: Different strokes for different folks
A recent study in BMC Medical Education shows that, when it comes to choosing a medical specialty, different specialties attract individuals with different values. For example, lifestyle issues are less important to those students who value bioscientific specialties such as surgery or emergency medicine than for those who want to pursue paediatrics or orthopaedics. Other specialties, such as psychiatry and ophthalmology, attract individuals who seek a fulfilling life with job …
Among the many strategies that prey species use to avoid being eaten is camouflage. But how is this strategy affected if the prey species exists in different colour morphs and different habitat types? A recent experiment from researchers at Linnaeus University in Sweden and Åbo Akademi University in Finland investigated this very question, using pygmy grasshoppers. Rather than use natural predators the researchers looked a little closer to home for their experimental subjects. Here, BMC Ecology talks to the study’s senior author Professor Anders Forsman about how humans might make useful experimental ”predators” in ecological research:
1. Could you tell us a little about the study system used in your research?
As an evolutionary ecologist, I’m interested in how different processes …
BMC Bioinformatics launches its latest article collection today, focusing on Bioimage Informatics.
Edited by Ivo Sbalzarini, Pavel Tomancak and Hanchuan Peng, Section Editor for BMC Bioinformatics (Allen Institute for Brain Science, Seattle, USA), this thematic series focuses on the latest developments in the emerging field of computational analysis, management, visualization, and mining of biological images. In an accompanying commentary by Peng the major issues in computational neuroscience are highlighted along with suggestions on potential solutions based on bioimage informatics, especially automated image computing.
Several articles in this series propose novel segmentation methods for detecting cell nuclei (Azuma and Onami, and Buggenthin et al., Navlakha et al., and Song et al.), determining cell morphology (
BMC Family Practice will be attending the annual conference of the Royal College of General Practitioners taking place this year from October 3rd – 5th in Harrogate, UK. In addition to attending the ever-interesting range of talks and poster presentations, Executive Editor Christopher Foote is very interested in meeting with researchers and GPs to discuss their work and interests. If you would like to arrange a meeting with Chris at the conference then please do get in contact.
E-health, a relatively recent term in use since the year 2000, has become a global topic with many western national healthcare services viewing extensive e-health infrastructures and systems as central to the future provision of safe, efficient, high quality, citizen-centred health care.
The World Health Organization defines E-health as being the cost-effective and secure use of information and communications technologies in support of health and health-related fields, including health care services, health surveillance, health literature, and health education, knowledge and research.
With its ability to facilitate information dissemination and encourage interaction and collaboration among institutions, health professionals, health providers and the public, the scope of E-health is broadening, particularly as governments around the world are struggling to cope with growing healthcare …
BMC Pulmonary Medicine was excited to attend the 23rd Annual Congress of the European Respiratory Society (ERS) in Barcelona on September 7th-11st. The world’s largest congress on respiratory health and disease, with around 10,000 delegates from across the world, aimed to raise awareness of lung health and improve prevention, management and treatment of respiratory diseases. “The mission of ERS” commented Professor Francesco Blasi, ERS President, “is to alleviate suffering from respiratory diseases”. The conference covered every aspect of respiratory research from basic research to clinical practice and intensive care.
Professor John Gibson launched at ERS the new edition of the European Lung White Book, a comprehensive book published by the European Respiratory Society that provides burden, cost and …