This years’ SpotOn conference
, hosted by BioMed Central, Nature Research & Digital Science, will be held at the Crick Institute on Saturday, 18 November with the theme ‘What makes a great researcher: tools and skills’. SpotOn17 will be a dynamic, highly interactive meeting of researchers, science communicators, technologists, and those interested in science policy. Get involved with the conference, and add your ideas, in this Google doc
Following the success of last year's event, Better Science through Better Data
(#scidata17) is back on 25th
October for a day of talks and demos exploring how open research is put into practice. The journal Scientific Data
and our parent publisher, Springer Nature, are again partnering with the Wellcome Trust to stage the event, which will cover the benefits, unintended consequences and practicalities of collecting, managing and publishing research data. The event will focus on the needs of early career researchers to help them and their research community make the best use of their research data. Tickets will be available here
from 4th September.
Entries are still open for BMC’s first ever "Research in Progress" photography competition. We're looking for images that reflect innovation and curiosity from the perspective of our research communities. The winners will receive a cash prize and become part of the new look of BMC, with their photos featured on our website and printed materials. Don't miss to enter by September 17th
. Visit our blog
for more info.
There is growing evidence of the benefits of patient and public involvement and engagement in research to ensure that it is asking the right questions and is usable in practice. However, reporting of patient and public engagement in research is often less than adequate.
Dr. Diana Marshall, Publisher of the BMC series journals, discussed the importance of open access to research for public health development at the PEI Spotlight Seminar on 4th
July. Addressing the topic “The Future of Public Health in Africa,” Dr Marshall pointed out that open access journals allow researchers and medical practitioners in low-income countries to learn about the latest research trends and novel experimental approaches. A recent example is an article
by Kwaku Poku Asante et al, examining knowledge of antibiotic resistance and prescription practices in the Brong Ahafo region of Ghana.
News from our journals
You are invited to submit to a special supplement issue on the Integration of Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights Services (SRHR) and HIV Prevention, Treatment, and Care Services across Sub-Saharan Africa. Selected papers will be published in BMC Infectious Diseases, BMC Public Health and Reproductive Health.
The goal of this open access special supplement issue is to provide a forum for the discussion of the history, present state, and trajectory of the integration of SRHR and HIV responses in Sub Saharan Africa. Full details, including how to submit manuscripts, can be found here
BioMed Central in the news
Removing the flowers of an invasive shrub from mosquito-prone areas might be a simple way to help reduce malaria transmission, this study published in Malaria Journal
suggests. Removing the flowers from villages in Mali decreased the local mosquito vector population by nearly 60%.
Human presence in closed habitats that may one day be used to explore other planets is associated with changes in the composition of the fungal community – the mycobiome – that grows on surfaces inside the habitat, according to a study published in Microbiome
A study published in BMC Medicine
suggests that men who are tall and obese are at increased risk of high grade prostate cancer and prostate cancer death.
Research published in Injury Epidemiology
suggests that people who were exposed to the dust cloud or sustained physical injuries during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001 may be at increased long-term risk of asthma, other respiratory diseases and heart attack.
In the US, the research was covered by Associated Press
from where it was syndicated widely to local outlets. It was also reported by Reuters
in the UK, by CBC
in Canada, by ABC.es
in Spain and widely syndicated in India.
The article generated significant global coverage. It was picked up by several press agencies including Austrian Press Agency
in Germany, SDA
in Switzerland and Associated Press
in the US, which led to wide syndication of the story. It was also covered by O Globo
in Brazil, IFL Science
in Canada, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung
, and Süddeutsche Zeitung
in Germany, Times of India
and The Hindu
in India, Irish Examiner
, La Repubblica
in Italy, EFE
in Spain, The Scotsman
and Daily Mail
in the UK, and by Science Magazine
, FOX News
, Los Angeles Times
, Live Science
and the Washington Post
in the US.
This study, published in Genome Biology
, used some of the oldest MRSA isolates – which were identified over 50 years ago – to show that MRSA emerged long before the introduction of the antibiotic methicillin into clinical practice.
Published in Translational Psychiatry
, this study suggests that individuals with high levels of psychopathic traits are better at learning to lie than individuals who show few psychopathic traits. The findings indicate that people with high psychopathic traits may not have a ‘natural’ capacity to lie better, but rather are better at learning to lie.
According to this study published in Canine Genetics and Epidemiology
, German Shepherd Dogs could be predisposed to health conditions such as arthritis because of the way they have been bred in recent decades.
The research was reported in the UK by outlets including Daily Mail
and The Times
. International outlets that picked up the story included Gizmodo
in the US and Australia and N-TV
The most-read blog across the BMC blog network in July was also the most-read blog posted on the BMC blog network to date. It accrued a total of 70,853 views. Author Shanon Casperson, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) Research Biologist at the Grand Forks Human Nutrition Research Center, describes the findings of a new study
published in BMC Nutrition
that a combination of sugar sweetened drinks and a protein rich meal decreases metabolic efficiency, which can lead to more fat being stored.
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Athens, Greece, 9/14/2017
The BMC Update Team
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