Big 10 Cancer Research Consortium

The University of Michigan's Comprehensive Cancer Center recently announced its participation in a consortium with other Big 10 schools to collaboratively tackle cancer research.Specifically, the Big Ten Cancer Research Consortium - which launched in Chicago on June 1, 2013 - will allow these premier institutions to work together on oncology trials that would have a … Continue reading Big 10 Cancer Research Consortium

#2013SSP: Crosspolinating health sciences libraries and scholarly publishing

  The Society for Scholarly Publishing Annual Meeting has kicked off! Yesterday evening's keynote speaker was none other than Tim O'Reilly, and what struck me was how much the themes that I ran into at the Medical Library Association conference in Boston resonated in his keynote speech. Open data in scientific research was one such … Continue reading #2013SSP: Crosspolinating health sciences libraries and scholarly publishing

Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care comes to NCRC

The North Campus Research Complex (NCRC) welcomed a new denizen, the Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Clinical Care (M-CIRCC). The new center will serve as a means to link physicians, scientists, and engineers that otherwise work in different UM units and already has over 50 faculty signed up.  “It’s hard to overstate the key … Continue reading Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care comes to NCRC

Rewarding Open Access – Nominations for the Accelerating Science Award Program

A new award, with major sponsorship from Google, the Public Library of Science (PLoS) and the Wellcome Trust, seeks to reward pioneers for the social good byawarding $30,000 to three people who have "applied scientific research published through open access" - in ANY field - for the benefit of society. The official award site is … Continue reading Rewarding Open Access – Nominations for the Accelerating Science Award Program

NCRC Workshop: Research Collaboration

If you've looked for funding at any point recently, you'll know that "collaborative" and "interdisciplinary" are the funding buzz words du-jour. As such, you may be interested in NCRC's one day workshop on research collaboration on May 13, 2013, sponsored by collaborate!@NCRC.  To register for the collaborate!@NCRC Workshop Click Here. Workshop objective: focus on the various aspects of the … Continue reading NCRC Workshop: Research Collaboration

Insta-ear: 3-D printed body parts

We've waxed poetic about 3D printers before, and now this piece of health News from NPR: An ear, unsurprisingly, is difficult to make from scratch. Ear cartilage is uniquely flexible and strong and has been impossible for scientists to reproduce with synthetic prostheses. If a child is born without one, doctors typically carve a replacement … Continue reading Insta-ear: 3-D printed body parts

Escaping the Paywall: Taxpayer-funded research will be free

Over the summer I wrote about a We the People petition asking the White House to mandate measures similar to the NIH Public Access Policy (in place since 2008)for more Federal agencies.  A quick review, the NIH PAP  has results from NIH-funded projects (eventually) published in open access journals and repositories. That petition has gotten … Continue reading Escaping the Paywall: Taxpayer-funded research will be free

Yahoo Lecture Series: The Shape of Being – Technology Design, Human Values, and the Future

Dr. Batya Friedman, professor at the University of Washington's School of Information, will be discussing the interwoven aspects of design and computing technology on human values - particularly in regard to medical device security, privacy, and international justice. When: Thursday, February 28, 2013, from 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm (Eastern time) Where: Ehrlicher Room, 3100 … Continue reading Yahoo Lecture Series: The Shape of Being – Technology Design, Human Values, and the Future

EHRs a gold mine for medical research?

From the New York Times: The monitoring and analysis of electronic medical records, some scientists say, have the potential to make every patient a participant in a vast, ongoing clinical trial, pinpointing treatments and side effects that would be hard to discern from anecdotal case reports or expensive clinical trials. “Medical discoveries have always been … Continue reading EHRs a gold mine for medical research?