World AIDS Day: Interview with Robert Gallo

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Today is annual World AIDS Day: an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. We spoke to one of the Heads of our Infectious Diseases Faculty, Dr. Robert C. Gallo, who became world famous in 1984 for the co-discovery of HIV as the cause of AIDS and pioneered the development of a rapid HIV blood test. Continue reading

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“Being a researcher is to discover things that are beyond the state of current knowledge.”

chris-madanChristopher Madan is our “F1000 Specialist of the Month”. He obtained his PhD in Psychology from the University of Alberta in Canada, studying the influence of rewards on memory and decision making. More generally, Chris studies factors that make some experiences more memorable than others, using approaches from cognitive psychology, neuroimaging, and computational modeling. Chris is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Boston College. Chris’ personal website can be found at http://www.cmadan.com.

F1000 Specialists are PhD students, postdocs, clinicians and researchers who help their colleagues use F1000PrimeF1000Workspace and F1000Research, and spread the word about F1000 within their institutes. If you’d like to become an F1000 Specialist yourself, you can sign up here.

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Monthly open science round up

By Roche DG, Lanfear R, Binning SA, Haff TM, Schwanz LE, et al. (2014)

By Roche DG, Lanfear R, Binning SA, Haff TM, Schwanz LE, et al. (2014)

Looking for something interesting to read while you wait on an experiment? Treat yourself to a 10 minute break and catch up with all that’s been happening in the world of open science!

  • It’s always refreshing to learn about young researchers’ perspectives on why open science is important for their careers. During Open Access Week in October, Curtin University Library asked early career researchers why it is important to them and the resulting video gives us their insights.
  • It’s no secret: publishing open access means your paper will be seen and cited by more researchers than if you publish behind a paywall. In their Open Access Week blog, Gleeson Library at the University of San Francisco wrote about why open access is good for you. Click here to see what they had to say.
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F1000Workspace wins award for Best New End User Product

charleston_advisorIt has been an excellent week for F1000Workspace!

We’ve received news that we were named ‘Best New End User Product at this year’s Charleston Advisor Readers’ Choice Awards.

The Readers’ Choice Awards – now in their fifteenth year – identify and honour the best digital products for libraries, and we are over the moon to receive this recognition.

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Visions in Science: slam, convince and win!

Our Outreach Manager Maaike Pols with the winners Gayathri Jeyasankar, Christoph Sträter and Maria Claudia Salazar Rondon as well as the presenter Dong-Seon Chang

Our Outreach Manager Maaike Pols with the winners Gayathri Jeyasankar, Christoph Sträter and Maria Claudia Salazar Rondon as well as the presenter Dong-Seon Chang

Many of us find it tough to explain our research in a few sentences to an audience with a completely different scientific background. But this is exactly what so-called Science Slam Talks are all about. The format is simple: explain your research in an engaging way, within 5 minutes using your choice of media. Show the audience how important, significant, different or simply awesome your research is, while staying general enough for someone with a different scientific background to understand the project. These talks are a great way for PhD students to practice their science communication skills. We were excited to sponsor this year’s Science Slam Talks at Vision in Science once again. In this blog post we talk to the 3 PhD Slam Talk winners, who were voted for by the audience.

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F1000Prime Section Launch: Exercise Physiology

Photo by Braden Collum

Photo by Braden Collum

Steven Lokwan

Steven Lokwan

 

We are excited to announce the launch of F1000Prime’s newest Section: Exercise Physiology.

In this blog, our Director of Operations and Certified Personal Trainer Steven Lokwan Ph.D. explains why we decided to add this section and introduces the Section Heads as well as the inaugural Faculty Members.

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“Be original, creative and always trust in your ability to think outside the box.”

grinu-bio-cropGrinu Mathew is our “F1000 Specialist of the Month”. She is a biologist with a keen interest in exploring the genetic and biochemical blueprint of cancer metastasis. She is also an elected representative of the postdoc liaison committee (PDLC) and a member of the women in science and engineering group (WiSE) at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). 

F1000 Specialists are PhD students, postdocs, clinicians and researchers who help their colleagues use F1000PrimeF1000Workspace and F1000Research, and spread the word about F1000 within their institutes. If you’d like to become an F1000 Specialist yourself, you can sign up here.

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Welcome new Heads of Faculty: Urology

Here at F1000Prime we are grateful for the work of our Faculty; without them we wouldn’t exist. They provide recommendations for articles along with explanations for their choices, identifying key papers week in, week out.

Our Heads of Faculty work hard to ensure the scope of their Faculties and Sections truly reflect their fields and we are pleased to announce some new appointments.

We are excited to announce that Christopher Evans (UC Davis) and Laurence Klotz (Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Canada) have joined Arnulf Stenzl and Peter Scardino as heads of the Urology Faculty.

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“It is nearly impossible these days to do anything without collaboration.”

Dr Beth Schoen

Dr Beth Schoen

Alice Moscovici spoke with Beth Schoen, a Fulbright Postdoctoral Research Fellow as well as American Association for University Women Postdoctoral Fellow in the lab for Cancer Drug Delivery & Cell Based Technologies at Technion in Haifa, Israel, about the importance of collaboration in scientific research, in particular for young scientists. 

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A review on peer review in science

yajing-xu-photoA guest post from Yajing Xu, a Neuroscience PhD student at UCL, funded by the Wellcome Trust Programme. Her research interests focus on the role of microglia in the postnatal development of the dorsal horn pain circuitries. She is keen to learn more about open science and how to improve the way we are doing science.

The process of how science is produced, from grant applications to publishing can seem very complex. But as a budding scientist, I wanted to know how to navigate these waters, and particularly how to navigate peer review. So when a Peer review: The nuts and bolts workshop by Sense about Science came along, I gladly participated.

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