Campus Technology: UC System, Carnegie Mellon Pilot Tool for Sharing Research Methods . “The University of California system and Carnegie Mellon University are both piloting the use of a platform … in an effort to bring down a major barrier to reproducible research: the creation and sharing of detailed methods in published articles. As part of the larger open access movement, the universities hope to facilitate collaborative method development and to increase research reproducibility.”
Journalist’s Resource: How to combat health misinformation online: A research roundup. “Is it possible to stem the tide of misinformation online? If it is, what are the most effective ways to do so? We turned to a source of high-quality information – peer-reviewed academic research – to look for answers. Below we’ve summarized seven recent academic studies on the efficacy of interventions used to correct health misinformation. It’s worth noting that the first three studies included in this roundup focus on a small group of students from one university. Additionally, all of these studies are behavioral experiments, which tend to have relatively small sample sizes, and are intended to complement other forms of research.” What an interesting roundup!
Center for the History of Medicine: Preliminary Opening of the Vernacular Archive of Normal Volunteers, 1940-2018. “The Center for the History of Medicine is pleased to announce that the first portion of the Vernacular Archive of Normal Volunteers (VANV), 1940-2018 is now open to research. VANV is a collection of oral histories, associated archival documents, and project records created and collected by Laura Jeanine Morris Stark to explore the lives of the first ‘normal control’ research subjects at the Clinical Center of the United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland who were recruited through NIH’s Normal Volunteer Patient Program. ” I didn’t have a good handle on what a “normal volunteer” is — the medical section of the Free Dictionary helped me out.
Forbes: Live Long And Prosper: How Anne Wojcicki’s 23andMe Will Mine Its Giant DNA Database For Health And Wealth. “…while it might make interesting cocktail conversation to reveal that you are 5% Scandinavian and have a genetic disposition to sneeze in the sun, 23andMe’s ambitions are much grander. [Anne] Wojcicki wants to leverage the exponentially plunging costs of genetic sequencing (down 99% in a decade) and 23andMe’s massive DNA library (the world’s largest genetic research database) to fuel a ‘biotech machine’ that will not just indicate genetic predispositions to certain diseases but also help create the drugs that will treat those diseases.”
Stanford: Stanford researchers develop artificial intelligence tool to help detect brain aneurysms. “Doctors could soon get some help from an artificial intelligence tool when diagnosing brain aneurysms – bulges in blood vessels in the brain that can leak or burst open, potentially leading to stroke, brain damage or death.”
Becker’s Hospital Review: Why university medical researchers, physicians are jumping ship to big tech. “Palo Alto, Calif.-based Stanford University has been competing with Silicon Valley technology companies to keep medical researchers, according to STAT. Like many other universities, Stanford has partnerships with various tech giants, including Google and Apple. However, these partnerships have resulted in some researchers and physicians leaving their university positions to work for the technology companies.”
Business Wire: T1D Exchange Launches Online Registry to Drive Type 1 Diabetes Research (PRESS RELEASE). “T1D Exchange today announced the official launch of the T1D Exchange Registry, an online longitudinal database of people living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). This pioneering effort provides a mobile-friendly platform for people throughout the U.S. to participate online and share information about their T1D in order to help researchers develop more targeted and effective approaches to treating and living with the disease. The effort may also help inform reimbursement and policy decisions.”