Monthly Archives: June 2012

Reaching members of hidden populations

  Studies involving members of “hidden populations” can present unique challenges for researchers.  In many cases, it can be difficult to obtain a statistically representative sample from these populations, because they are difficult to locate, identify, and contact. In an article published last year in BMC International Health and Human Rights, Sulaiman-Hill and Thompson discussed… Read more »


BIGGER is not better for our planet

If there are currently more than seven billion people on earth and our total weight is estimated at 287 million tonnes, what are the implications for our planet if population levels continue to rise concurrently with global fatness levels? This notion is discussed in a study published in BMC Public Health by Ian Roberts and… Read more »


BMC series journals sectioned

Recently, our more observant readers may have noticed the appearance of subject sections on some of the BMC-series journal websites. For an example, see BMC Public Health. This new functionality both allows for an author to submit to a specific section within a journal, and also offers the community of readers the chance to browse… Read more »


Counting the reasons to visit BMC at the 11th IAB conference

BMC Medical Ethics and BMC Medical Research Methodology are excited to be attending the 11th International Association of Bioethics conference in Rotterdam beginning June 26th. The conference, entitled Thinking Ahead, Bioethics and the Future, and the Future of Bioethics, promises to deliver an interdisciplinary discussion of issues relating to the future of Bioethics while stressing… Read more »


Postgraduate medical examinations: should the number of resits be limited?

When medical students graduate in the UK, they must undergo further postgraduatetraining  and assessment before qualifying as specialist doctors. This involves a two-year foundation program, followed by core medical training and specialty training. Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of the United Kingdom (MRCP(UK)) examinations are undertaken at various stages of training to be… Read more »


Highlights from the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health 2012

  BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine was pleased to attend the International Research Congress on Integrative Medicine and Health (IRCIMH) 2012 in Portland, Oregon, USA. The conference saw the coming together of almost 1000 clinicians, researchers, and students from all over the globe and all disciplines of Integrative Medicine. Delegates were given the chance to… Read more »


Horsing Around at the 9th ICEEP Conference

With the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games next month, it’s easy to forget about our equine competitors, who will be demonstrating their supreme athletic ability in events such as show jumping and eventing. However, BMC Veterinary Research will be getting involved in the excitement, and will be giddying up to Liverpool for… Read more »


Meet us at the 1st European Symposium of Biopathology

        BMC Clinical Pathology and BMC Cancer  will be attending the 1st European Symposium of Biopathology in Paris later this week. Biopathology is an emerging medical specialty based on innovating technologies combining molecular biology and pathology. From the detection of circulating tumor cells to the identification of biomarkers for personalized medicine, international… Read more »