BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology is 1 and we’ll see you at EUROTOX2013 to celebrate!

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This month BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology reaches the milestone of one year since its grand entrance into the BMC series following the merger of its predecessors BMC Clinical Pharmacology and BMC Pharmacology, and the expansion of the new journal’s scope to include the field of Toxicology. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of those who have contributed to the success of the journal this year including our authors, editorial board members, reviewers and all our other collaborators.

Amongst the many gifts the journal has received this year, we are pleased to annouce that BMC Pharmacology and Toxicology is currently being tracked for an impact factor (due in 2015). There are many reasons …

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Evaluating Fukushima: fallout from a butterfly controversy

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Research conducted in the area around the Fukushima nuclear power plant in the months following the devastating tsunami and nuclear meltdown suggested that the radioactive fallout had substantial effects on a local butterfly species. After their research attracted both considerable attention and considerable criticism, the authors have responded to their critics and the controversy surrounding their work in a new article published this month in BMC Evolutionary Biology.

 

The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, caused by the failure and meltdown of the Fukushima nuclear power plant following the massive earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, was the biggest nuclear incident since the Chernobyl disaster in 1986. Substantial amounts of radiation were released into the surrounding area; recent …

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BMC Medical Education at AMEE

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BMC Medical Education is excited to be attending the 40th anniversary conference held by The Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) in Prague, Czech Republic, from 24-28 August. The theme of AMEE 2013 is “Colouring Outside the Lines,” which places an emphasis on new, innovative approaches to Medical Education.

If you are attending the conference and would like to meet to discuss the journal, please contact Senior Executive Editor Adrian Aldcroft. Please also look out for our tweets using #amee2013.

We look forward to meeting you in Prague.

#INT13 day 3 – when the superstars of ecology came out

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In the final blog covering the ecological conference INTECOL, BMC Ecology looks back at a day of conservation, policy, and “ecological rockstars”

Yesterday’s post highlighted the problems of space in ecology, and via a rather tenuous link to Milton Mendonca’s (UFRGS) afternoon talk asking whether metapopulation theory can be be used to inform a new science of “astroecology”, today’s post is all about stars.

Kicking off with Georgina Mace’s centenary address as British Ecological Society (BES) president, this was the first of a number of talks throughout the day focusing on questions of conservation and policy, asking the rather thorny question: “who is conservation for?”

With a creative use of wordclouds to illustrate the changing face of conservation science since the 1960’s, …

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BMC Biochemistry wants your Chemical Biology research

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As you may be aware, the BMC-series journal BMC Chemical Biology was recently integrated into BMC Biochemistry and, in order to accommodate it, a brand new Chemical Biology section was created in the journal, headed up by Dr Sabato D’Auria from the Institute of Protein Biochemistry, Naples.

The scope of the section encompasses the application of chemistry to the investigation of biological process and systems, including the biosynthesis and metabolism of natural compounds, drug design, and complex molecular rearrangements occurring in living systems. Dr D’Auria is also particularly interested in work detailing the design of novel biosensors. For more on this, as well as where Dr D’Auria believes the field will be going in the future, …

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#INT13 day 2 – the problem with space and the problem with publishing in the developing world

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Some thoughts from BMC Ecology on the second day of INTECOL 2013, a joint conference organized by the International Association for Ecology and the British Ecological Society (BES)

“Students should read the classics” seemed like sound advice from plenary speaker IllKa Hanski, as he reflected on a career investigating how populations are spatially structured.

The classics referred to here are the most highly cited papers in spatial ecology: Simon Levins’ “The problem of pattern and scale in ecology” and John Weins’ and “Spatial scaling in ecology”. In this context, he also ensured that the influence of past BES presidents Charles Elton, Mike Hassall and Robert May was not overlooked, each having played their role in highlighting the importance of …

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#INT13 day 1 – In which ancient Greek philosophy meets “the other Darwin”

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BMC Ecology reflects on the first day of INTECOL 2013, a conference which celebrates more than 100 years of ecological research

Twelve months ago, London’s Excel Centre was host to boxers, wrestlers and martial artists battling it out for Olympic glory. One year on, and with tongue firmly planted in cheek, President of the British Ecological Society Georgina Mace surveyed an assembled crowd of 2000 ecologist representing 67 different countries and concluded: “not much has changed”.

Like the Olympics, INTECOL is a gathering that happens every four years. Unlike previous meetings, this year it has a guest: The British Ecological Society (BES) celebrates 100 years since its inception by Sir Arthur Tansley. He who would no doubt have been …

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Teaching computational biology is as easy as Pi

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The low cost computing hardware Raspberry Pi is now being used to train the next generation of computational biologists, and is proving to be a low-cost alternative to more traditional methods of learning.

“Bioinformatics is great and shouldn’t be limited to one small module” was the reaction of one enthusiastic undergraduate at the University of St Andrews (UK), following the 7 week teaching course entitled 4273 π Bioinformatics for Biologists.

They are of course correct on both counts.

Bioinformatics, or some variant of computational biology, arguably underpins a majority of modern basic biological analysis, and is working its way steadily into the realms of clinical and translational science. Think of the software you use to align your DNA sequences, infer genetic structure in …

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Highlights of the BMC-series: July 2013

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Are the qualities of a good teacher universal? • Consultations get a ticking off • Evolution in isolation • Top of the Hox • Thermal analysis of the Lammergeier • Biomarkers from breast fluid  • Parasites change honeybee brains • Progress toward reduced maternal mortality

Medical education: Are the qualities of a good teacher universal?

Compared to their western counterparts, Japanese resident physicians place more emphasis on support and feedback than on medical knowledge and clinical competency when defining the key qualities of a good clinical teacher. In other words, the concept of a good clinical teacher is perhaps not universal. With the increasing globalisation of medical education, it will be important not to overlook key differences in local educational …

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Understanding physiological responses at IUPS

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July signaled the 37th International Congress of Physiological Sciences, organized in conjunction with the Physiological Society and many other society partners, and BMC Physiology was lucky enough to attend.

The conference covered every aspect of physiological research but it was clear that obesity, and the huge number of downstream effects this can cause, was a major theme.  Kimberley Bruce (The Scripps Research Institute) battled valiantly with technical difficulties to share research on the changes in the circadian rhythms of offspring when mothers are fed a high fat diet together with more recent work looking at the impact of diet on the lives of Drosophila. Kevin Grove revealed intriguing data on behavioral changes in macaques born …

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