Thursday, November 10, 2016

The 2nd Annual UMHS Research Symposium

The 2nd Annual UMHS Research Symposium will be held in the Warren Ross Auditorium, UMHS Campus, St. Kitts on Thurs Nov 17, 2016 , 6:00-8:00 pm, reception to follow.
 

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Join UMHS for the 1st Annual Research Symposium

1st Annual UMHS Research Symposium

Keynote Speaker:
Dr. Amy Beierschmitt, Attending Veterinarian, Behavioral Science Foundation, Adjunct Faculty, Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine:
Non-human primate models of disease, genetics, addictive behavior and behavioral / cognitive disorders.

Faculty Presentation:
Dr. Will Cobb, Assistant Professor of Anatomy &
Dr. Rebecca Cusack, Gross Anatomy Lab Instructor:
The Physiology of Neuromusculoskeletal Tissue.

Student Presentations:

Geneviève Aubé & Katie Plemmons:
Analysis of Microbial Isolates from Personal Mobile Devices on UMHS campus.

Laura Mena-Albors & Wined Ramirez:
Microbiology Lessons to Create Awareness of the Importance of Hand Hygiene and Surface Cleaning.

Jameison Rolle:
Pullulan ω-carboxyalkanoates for Drug Nanodispersions.

Freddie Irizarry-Delgado:
CD16+ Monocyte Subset as a Reservoir of HIV-1 in Patients under Prolonged Suppressive Antiretroviral Therapy.

Poster Presentations:

Stefan Campbell: 
Epileptiform transients in the occipital lobe in pediatrics.

Soraya Darwood:  
Evaluation of Microbial Contaminants in Tap Water and Efficacy of Home Filtration Systems.

Samah Halbouni: 
What are the risk factors for Arboviral infection in UMHS medical students?

Nawsheen Khan:  
The Anti-Bacterial Effect of Single-Walled Carbon Nanotubes on Bacillus Anthracis.

Tom Kowalski: 
Impact of the Implanted Cough System on the Quality of Life (QoL) of  Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) Subjects.

Ellen Lorenzen: 
An investigation of pork products from imported and domestic origins in local St. Kitts grocery stores for levels of coliforms and resistance to antibiotics.

Kamalpreet Mann & James Riddle:  
Antimicrobial Properties of Indigenous Tropical Plants Moringa and Neem.

Christina Varela:  
Detection of Salmonella and E.coli Contamination from Imported and Domestically Produced Poultry from Retail Markets in St. Kitts.


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Monday, June 17, 2013

History of Medicine: Book Review

Jacalyn Duffin, a Canadian physician-historian-educator, "blows the dust off the shelves of medical history" with this survey of the history of Western medicine. "History of Medicine: A Scandalously Short Introduction", written from a decidedly Canadian perspective, is a medical history textbook that is well researched, logically organized, and chock-full of interesting and intriguing content and illustrations.[Anne Ross Library Call No. R 31 .D783 1999]

One of the authors goals in writing this book was to spark the interest and imagination of the next generation of medical students and their educators. I found this textbook easy to digest in terms of assimilating the information presented of the people, places and events that shaped the history of Western medicine, but I discovered the real value of this treatise is in the wisdom that can be acquired by stepping away from the here and now and gaining that broader historical perspective. An understanding of where medicine has come from can only help young enthusiastic medical students to dispel their inherent generational tunnel vision, to find deeper meaning in today's medical practice, and to envision the future of medicine.

 I highly recommend that all medical students set aside time to read this "cultural history...of medical events". As the book is organized along the lines of a traditional medical school curriculum complete with learning objectives, students could read the chapters for each course as they embark on each new semester.
[ Published by the University of Toronto Press, ISBN 0-8020-7912-1, 1999. reprint 2004.]

 For a more complete review of this title, I refer you to the annotation by Audrey Shafer,
 New York University School of Medicine.

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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What is Open Access?

Nick Shockey and Jonathan Eisen take us through the world of open access publishing and explain just what it's all about. Make sure to watch it in HD and Fullscreen!



Thank you PhD Comics for your great explanation of 'What is Open Access?'

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

The COMET Initiative Works to Improve the Potential Power of Healthcare Research

The Cochrane Library has just published [April 2012, Issue #4] an interesting editorial entitled: The COMET (Core Outcome Measures in Effectiveness Trials) Initiative: its role in improving Cochrane Reviews, by Paula Williamson & Mike Clarke. To find out more – read the complete Editorial here.
"When people making decisions about health care look for guidance from research, the outcomes reported by that research are key; however, there is a general lack of consensus regarding the choice of outcomes in particular clinical settings, which affects trial design, conduct, analysis, and reporting. Measuring outcomes that will not change healthcare decisions leads to a waste of resources and a failure to capitalize on the potential power of research to improve health care and health..."

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Friday, November 11, 2011

Top Ten Toxic Pollution Problems 2011

New research from the Blacksmith Institute (an environmental health group based in New York City) and their partners The Green Cross Switzerland, has identified the ten worst toxic pollution problems facing the world today. Their research shows that mercury, lead, chromium and other toxic compounds, used in many industrial processes, rob years of healthy life from millions of people each year. Yet the group maintains there are simple fixes that could go far in solving the issue.
Click on the post title to read more by David Biello | November 10, 2011 | Scientific American or download the full report from WorstPolluted.org.

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Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Battling Bad Science with Ben Goldacre

"Every day there are news reports of new health advice, but how can you know if they're right?"
Ben Goldacre: Battling bad science | Video on TED.com
Ben Goldacre writes "Bad Science" ~ "unpicking dodgy scientific claims and showing us how medical evidence can be distorted".
Enjoy his latest video critique from TED.com [14 minutes].

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Sunday, October 24, 2010

'Leman's Lexicon' : Defining the Latest Buzz in Science and Medicine

Trying to keep a handle on all the latest in science and medicine is a challenge, to say the least! And what about all those newly coined words that your peers and collegues seem to be regularily adding to their vocabulary, while you are starting to doubt your ability to speak english!
Have no fear, the buzz word buster is here!
Now we have this great new online dictionary to address this problem. Check out 'Leman's Lexicon' and discover not only what the latest buzz is, but also just what those new buzzwords [such as pharmacogenomics, epigenetics, or translational medicine] actually mean. If you haven't walked on the moon, understanding some of these words and concepts might still give you the edge for your next cocktail party chatter.

Oh! and while you are at the site, check out the rest of ResearchRaven for a great compilation of current information about all the medical and scientific research that is happening, conferences coming up, calls-for-papers, etc. Brought to you as a public service by the Center for Health Research and Quality, Samaritan Health Services in Oregon.

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Friday, June 04, 2010

The Polio Crusade: PBS

Part of the "American Experience" series, this PBS documentary film narrates personal accounts of polio survivors; interviews historians, scientists, and researchers; and is based in part on David Oshinsky's award-winning book Polio in America.
"The story of the polio crusade pays tribute to a time when Americans banded together to conquer a terrible disease. The medical breakthrough saved countless lives and had a pervasive impact on American philanthropy that continues to be felt today."

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Monday, February 01, 2010

Take a Break ~ Boost Your Memory!

According to new research conducted by The New York University & the University of South Florida Center for Aging and Brain Repair [published Jan 28, 2010 in the journal Neuron], "active rest" was found to actually strengthen memory. The finding suggests that having a rest period after learning new information may be valuable.
Dr. Paul Sanberg, Prof. of Neurosurgery added, "By keeping on doing many different tasks [after learning new information], you may interrupt the memory you want to strengthen,..."

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Monday, January 25, 2010

Searching for Clinical Trials?

Whether you are a potential Sponsor , Investigator or Volunteer, the search for a clinical trail just became easier!
MyClinicalTrial.com has been launched for the purpose of increasing awareness of what clinical trials are taking place and provide information about current and upcoming trial opportunities; as well as to uphold and promote high enrollment standards.
The site includes a nationwide listing database allowing you searching capability to a wide range of clinical trials taking place all over the country. Even if you aren’t able to find what you’re looking for at this time, the site includes a trial notification registry service via email, of future opportunities in your area.

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Monday, October 26, 2009

NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool (RePORT)


The new Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) from the NIH is now live. Replacing the CRISP system,
"RePORT provides additional query fields, hit lists that can be sorted and downloaded to Excel, NIH funding for each project (expenditures), and the publications and patents that have acknowledged support from each project (results). RePORTER also provides links to PubMed Central, PubMed, and the US Patent & Trademark Office Patent Full Text and Image Database for more information on research results."
More new features are expected in 2010.

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Tuesday, October 06, 2009

Nobel Prize in Medicine 2009

The Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine 2009 has been awarded to 3 American scientists ~ "for the discovery of how chromosomes are protected by telomeres and the enzyme telomerase".
Click on the title to read more from the Nobel Prize website.

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Tuesday, July 07, 2009

PubMed Central Canada

An important new partnership initiative was announced yesterday in Ottawa, Canada. The National Research Council's Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), and the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) will be working together to establish PubMed Central Canada (PMC Canada). This will be a searchable, web-based, national digital repository of peer-reviewed health and life sciences literature providing free and open access to Canadian health research. Click on the title to read the press release.

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

The Open Medicine Wiki Project

Staying current, particularily in the rapidly developing area of medical research, has and continues to present a challenge. In response, creative solutions have given rise to syntheses presented in systemic reviews and meta-analyses of the research literature; the development of dynamic, point-of-care, evidence-based clinical summaries databases; technological innovations supporting anytime, anywhere access to the most current knowledge via handheld devices; as well as RSS for automatically bringing today's research news to you.

The Open Medicine Wiki Project, is set to demonstrate the next innovative response to this challenge; one which we all do well to note! This project presents a whole new opportunity for publishing academic research while maintaining currency to boot! Online collaboration software, commonly referred to as 'wiki' software provides the vehicle for this conceivably fundamental change.

With 'open access' more of us could Read more ; with 'open collaboration' more of us can now wRite more; I will leave the Math ['Rithmatic] up to you! Find out more about this exciting project and follow its collaborative outcome going forward ...

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Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Seminar on Autism Spectrum Disorders

Attention: Faculty & Students ~ Medical Research Seminar
Friday, September 12, 2008 ~ 12:30 in the Auditorium

"Autism Spectrum Disorders: An Overview of Diagnosis and Treatment"

with Judith S. Miller, PhD, University of Utah Neuropsychiatric Institute , Salt Lake City, Utah

Stephen C. Wood, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair,
Department of Physiology,
UMHS-SK

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