Parasites lost, selfless suicide, and symptom disparity: the weekly round up

The trending article recommendations on the @F1000 social media feeds this week, as well as interesting picks from the science Twittersphere.

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Sue Malcolm

Sue MalcolmWe’re extremely sad to report that Medical Genetics Faculty Member Sue Malcolm passed away in late August.

Emeritus Professor of Molecular Genetics at the Institute of Child Health, University College London, Sue was an active Member of F1000 since its inception in 2001. In 2011, she won the F1000 Faculty Member of the Year Award for the most significant contribution to the Genomics & Genetics Faculty. Sue has also guest-written a couple of interesting blogs for F1000Prime (“Coming to a friend near you: DNA sequencing“) and F1000Research (“Once upon a time“) on topical issues surround genomics, and she was well known for her writing on her own UCL blog exploring similar issues, entitled Me & My Genes.

We send our sincere condolences to Sue’s family, friends and colleagues.

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Antibiotic resistance, genetic sniff tests and anxiety disorders – Twitter roundup

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Lynn Kamerlin and Klaudia Szeler

Biocatalysis Faculty Member Lynn Kamerlin and her Associate Faculty Member Klaudia Szeler came to visit us in the F1000 London office. Both are from Uppsala University, Sweden, where Lynn is an Associate Professor of Structural Biology.

In the video below, Lynn and Klaudia talk about their research in computational biology, research that sits at the interface between chemistry, biology and physics. They describe their work with a range of computational tools to try to understand the chemical basis underlining complex biological problems.

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F1000 meetup is coming to NYC and Philadelphia

Mingle with peers and learn about F1000 - our local networking meetup for the F1000 community

F1000 is holding its next meetup events in New York City and Philadelphia, which will host local life scientists and members of the F1000 community. Following the tradition of the first meetup in London two years ago, our networking events have become a favorite way to meet the local life-science communities. We’re looking forward to meeting researchers from the New York and Philadelphia areas next, to share the latest developments at F1000 and introduce them to our F1000 Specialists program.

Love Park, Philadelphia. Flickr photo by vic15 Source:

Love Park, Philadelphia. Flickr photo by vic15 Source:

These meetups will also be a great opportunity for scientists to meet peers from the community and talk about science, medicine and publishing. We at F1000 hope to hear what our guests think of us and other tools for discovering research, collaborating, and managing references.

We’re providing free drinks and appetizers for these events. What’s more, there will be giveaways for attendees, including free personal subscriptions to F1000Workspace!

If you’re in the NYC and/or Philadelphia areas and would like to attend, here are the details:

New York City:
Where: Rocky’s Number II, 607 2nd Ave, New York, NY
When: August 26, 2015, 6-8 PM
How: Please sign up for a free ticket (numbers are limited)

Where: Landmark Americana University City, 333 Market Street, Philadelphia
When: September 24, 2015, 6-8 PM
How: Please sign up for a free ticket (numbers are limited)

Look out for our upcoming meetups in Paris and Chicago. If you have an idea for an F1000 event near you, please contact us.

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RNA world, Genetics of alcoholism and Out-FOXing autism

The trending article recommendations on the @F1000 social media feeds this week, as well as interesting picks from the science Twittersphere.

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2015 Jan J. Kellermann Memorial Award

Michael Farkouh The recipients of the 2015 International Academy of Cardiology (IAC) awards were recently announced at the opening ceremony of the IAC Annual Scientific Sessions 2015, the 20th World Congress on Heart Disease.

F1000 Section Head in Cardiovascular Disorders Michael E. Farkouh received the Jan J. Kellermann Memorial Award for distinguished work in the field of Cardiovascular Disease Prevention. The memorial awards honor the memory of distinguished former members of the IAC, who made major contributions to Medicine and Cardiology. The award was announced by Asher Kimchi, the Founder and Chairman of the World Congress on Heart Disease.

Many congrats to Dr Farkouh on this achievement!

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Rose scent, Cell zombies & the Social network: the F1000 twitter round up

The trending article recommendations on the @F1000 feed this week, as well as interesting picks from the science Twittersphere.

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Featured F1000 Specialist August 2015

Niraj2Niraj Bhatt is a graduate student at CSIR-IGIB in New Delhi. He has been an active member of the F1000 Specialists programme since early 2014, and in this interview he shares some advice for other Specialists and talks about his research. This is a longer version of an interview that was included in this month’s newsletter for F1000 Specialists.

What have you been doing to tell your colleagues about F1000?

Personal experience for me matters the most, and I keep that in mind while talking to my colleagues about F1000. I have been talking about my experience using F1000Prime’s Journal Club and Smart Search and about F1000Workspace, as these are the services of F1000 that I use the most.

I have also extensively talked about F1000Posters, now part of F1000Research, and that has pleasantly surprised most of my colleagues. A few expressed doubts about data privacy, ownership issues of the poster deposited, etc. [Editor’s note: You retain copyright of any posters you upload to F1000Research.] I answer their queries and encourage them to use the service and experience the perks of it themselves.

The personalization that F1000 services offer is one aspect I emphasize the most in my informal interaction with my colleagues. I keep my colleagues informed about F1000 using our institutional mailing system, and take to Twitter and Facebook for larger reach.

Do you have any tips for new F1000 Specialists?

One thing that I believe and strongly recommend for new F1000 Specialists to follow is to make sure that you don”t sound like a marketing agent for F1000 because that’s not what being an F1000 Specialist means. Our colleagues would appreciate genuine efforts of popularizing open science and transparent publishing.

I would suggest new specialists to first use various F1000 services themselves and then talk in detail to your colleagues only about those services and for other services, take help from our outreach team at F1000 who are always there for help.

What are you working on in your research at the moment?

One of the primary research interests of our lab is stress responsive communication network in endoplasmic reticulum(ER) of vertebrates. I am using AR42J cells to study the tolerance/sensitivity of Unfolded Protein Response of the ER (UPR-ER), using model proteins that induce UPR-ER. The long-term goal of this project is to study the change in UPR-ER amplitude with age in a vertebrate model.

Another main aspect and the current focus of my study is to elucidate the role of UPR-ER in the pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis, where I am trying to identify the molecular mechanisms involved in the final manifestation of the pancreatitis at the cellular level and involving UPR-ER, autophagy, necrosis and apoptosis.

I am also exploring the therapeutic potential of bioactive small molecules and chemical chaperones in alleviating the pancreatitis. In another project, we have made a transgenic zebrafish line expressing roGFP targeted to ER (eroGFP) under a constitutive promoter. These eroGFP fishes are a useful tool for the scientific community to look at the involvement of ER redox stress/perturbations in various diseases where ER dysfunction or UPR is involved, and for high-throughput drug screens in such diseases.

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F1000Workspace: Get everyone on the same page

One of the trickier aspects of writing a research paper is collaborating with co-authors, especially since you may not always be in the same city or country. F1000Workspace makes this much easier – you can create shared projects and invite co-authors, share a manuscript, and even discuss and annotate articles so that you’re all on the same page with your paper.

To create a shared project, simply go to ‘Projects: shared’ and click on the big + symbol to create a project, where you’ll be prompted to invite co-authors. You can then upload a manuscript that you can all edit and add to; use the ‘activity’ tab on a shared project to keep track of who’s done what.

Workspace coauthor activity

With a shared project, all authors can upload their reference libraries, so that not a single citation is missed. You can even edit each others’ citations if you wish. There are over 7,500 citation styles to choose from – or create your own.

Find out more about using F1000Workspace to collaborate, or read more about the many other ways F1000Workspace can make the paper-writing process easier.

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