Monthly Archives: May 2012

Ushering in digital humanitarianism at the Médecins Sans Frontières Scientific Day 2012

There was a strong message of the new age of digital humanitarianism at the Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Scientific day 2012 (#MSFSD). Serving to highlight the innovative research being carried out by the international medical aid organization, the annual day held at the Royal Society of Medicine  showcased new technologies and effective policies used to support… Read more »

Developing World Medicine

Affective disorders: Mind, Body and Society in the limelight

Highlighting mood disorders is well-timed for mental health awareness week from 21 to 27 May 2012. These include affective disorders such as unipolar and bipolar depression, anxiety disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder and post-traumatic stress disorder. Unipolar depression includes symptoms of low mood and loss of interest or pleasure. The World Health Organisation has estimated that depression… Read more »


Male infertility and DNA repair genes

Infertility is an important clinical problem, with around one in seven couples having difficulty conceiving. There are many possible causes, and abnormal semen accounts for around 40–50% of infertility. This includes conditions such azoospermia, where sperm is absent in the semen, and oligospermia, where only a very low concentration of sperm is present. Although there… Read more »


Bipolar disorder: mind and body

This guest blog is written by Dr Georgina Hosang, who is an ESRC/MRC Interdisciplinary Postdoctoral Fellow from the MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. Her research focuses on understanding the role of life stress in bipolar disorder and major depression and their interaction with genetic factors.    In… Read more »


‘Reward processing in autism’ – a new thematic series published by Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders

Autism is a highly prevalent developmental condition, affecting millions of people worldwide. Ban Ki-moon, the UN Secretary-General, highlighted the necessity to focus our attention on autism in his message marking the 5th annual World Autism Awareness Day on April 2 2012, stating that autism is a ‘worldwide challenge that requires global action’. The International Meeting… Read more »


An interactive introduction to metabolomics

What is metabolomics and how is it being used to predict and manage disease? That’s the subject of Genome Medicine‘s and BioMed Central’s first interactive graphic. This graphic is part of a series in Genome Medicine dedicated to the advances and state-of-the-art approaches in the use of metabolomics to understand, prevent and treat disease. Metabolomics… Read more »