Friday, October 17, 2014

Robert Garry's Ebola research and the Ebola libguide from the Matas Library

Robert Garry, a professor of microbiology and immunology at Tulane's School of Medicine, is the principal investigator of the Viral Hemorrhagic Fever Consortium based at Kenema Government Hospital in Sierra Leone. Garry and his team's newest Ebola research was recently published in the journal Science. For more information about Garry and his research, check out this recent article in the Times-Picayune:

For more information about Ebola, check out the Matas Library's Ebola page of the Disaster and Public Health libguide.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Study Break: Nunzio Paci's Graphite and Oil Paintings Merge Nature and Anatomy

Need a break from studying? Check out Italian artist Nunzio Paci's paintings that merge plants and animals for an interesting take on anatomical drawings you won't find in your Netter's or Gilroy's atlases.

To check out some paintings, click here.

Friday, October 10, 2014

New book spotlight: LGBT resources

The Matas Library has recently purchased resources to assist medical and public health students working with the LGBT community. Our new materials:

Queer: The Ultimate LGBT Guide for Teens (Call Number: WA 300 B4114q 2011)

Dignity for All: Safeguarding LGBT Students (Call Number: WA 300 D517 2012)
The Lives of LGBT Older Adults: Understanding Challenges and Resilience (Call Number: WA 300 L758 2015)
Finding Out: An Introduction to LGBT Studies (Call Number: WA 300 F492.2 2014)

These books are currently located in the new book truck in the Commons area of the library.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Resources on Ebola from the Matas Library, the National Library of Medicine, and the CDC

***Matas Library Guide for Disasters and Public Health- Ebola***

***NLM Information Resources for the 2014 Ebola Outbreak***

The updated announcement from NLM features “Ebola Outbreak 2014: Information Resources,” the Emergency Access Initiative, Virus Variation: Ebolavirus Resource, PubMed, Disaster Lit, and MedlinePlus resources on Ebola.

***CDC Ebola Microsite for healthcare workers now available.***

CDC has created an Ebola microsite, a collection of selected web pages, that can be embedded within any website. With a simple embed code, a hospital, health system, library, or health department website administrator can pull in a collection of dozens of CDC pages, a news feed, and a Twitter feed featuring the most current Ebola content, guidance and resources for healthcare practitioners. The content is updated by CDC and requires no updating by the host website. The embed code for this microsite is available in CDC’s new syndication site, the Public Health Media Library, The Library offers the microsite as well as 60+ Ebola HTML web pages. Images, infographics, videos, and other media are also being added. Instructions, guides to syndicating materials, and access to technical support are readily available on the site.

Friday, October 3, 2014

e-Book spotlight: Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects

The Matas Library has access to Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects through ClinicalKey!

To access Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects in ClinicalKey, go to the Matas library website* and select ClinicalKey under the "Resources" tab. Sign in to your ClinicalKey account, select "Books" from the menu bar at the top of the ClinicalKey screen, and scroll down to Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects.

You can also access Before We Are Born: Essentials of Embryology and Birth Defects in ClinicalKey by searching the title in our catalog and selecting the electronic resource record.

*If you are not on campus, use the Off-Campus Login in the upper right-hand corner of the screen to sign in to our site.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Medicine Grand Rounds now available: Ebola: Lessons Learned

Resources from Medicine Ground Rounds for October 1, 2014: "Ebola: Lessons Learned from an Outbreak" are now available:

Each week librarians at the Matas library attend grand rounds for selected departments in the School of Medicine. Articles and resources mentioned during the presentation are recorded and presented for your perusal via these links.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

What's new with Faculty Publications - Ebola edition

104 publications were added to Matas Faculty Publications in September, bringing the total citation count to 773 publications.

Of Note
Dr. Schieffelin

Dr John S. Schieffelin, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine & Pediatrics and
School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, contributes to three articles concerning the Ebola virus outbreak. 

First, an editorial in  The Lancet raises a call for more "small-scale, methodologically sound studies in west Africa for the treatment of Ebola." (1)

Next, a genomic surveillance study from Science examines the origins of the current Ebola outbreak, tracing it's roots to a likely divergence from central African lineages around 2004 and then manifesting in Guinea in February 2014, spreading to Liberia in March, Sierra Leone in May, and Nigeria in late July. The virus "has exhibited sustained human-to-human transmission subsequently, with no evidence of additional zoonotic sources." This is important because "many of the mutations alter protein sequences and other biologically meaningful targets, [which] should be monitored for impact on diagnostics, vaccines, and therapies critical to outbreak response." (2)

Dr Khan (Photo courtesy of Pardis Sabeti.)
A final article from Antiviral Research pays tribute to healthcare workers who have acquired Ebola virus disease while fighting the epidemic in West Africa, including Dr. Sheik Humarr Khan, Chief Physician of the Lassa Fever Research Program at Kenema Government Hospital in Kenema, Sierra Leone. Dr. Khan died of Ebola virus disease on July 29th, 2014. Through the Lassa Fever Research Program, Dr Khan worked in collaboration with the Sierra Leone Ministry of Health and Sanitation, Tulane University , and the World Health Organization. When asked about fear of contracting Ebola, he knew the risks:
“I am afraid for my life, I must say…Health workers are prone to the disease because we are the first port of call for somebody who is sickened by disease.” His sister Aissata echoed the concern: “I told him not to go in there [the EVD Treatment Center], but he said ‘If I refuse to treat them, who would treat me?’”(3)

1. Jacob ST, Crozier I, Schieffelin JS, Colebunders R. Priorities for ebola virus disease response in west africa. Lancet. 2014 Sep 24.

2. Gire SK, Goba A, Andersen KG, Sealfon RS, Park DJ, Kanneh L, et al. Genomic surveillance elucidates ebola virus origin and transmission during the 2014 outbreak. Science. 2014 Sep 12;345(6202):1369-72.

3. Bausch DG, Bangura J, Garry RF, Goba A, Grant DS, Jacquerioz FA, et al. A tribute to sheik humarr khan and all the healthcare workers in west africa who have sacrificed in the fight against ebola virus disease: Mae we hush. Antiviral Res. 2014 Sep 6;111C:33-5.

About Matas Faculty Publications
This fully searchable online database collects publications by Tulane University faculty members in the School of Medicine, the School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine, and the Tulane National Primate Research Center. The database will be updated monthly with fresh citations from PubMed, EMBASE and Web of Science. To add a pubcliation to our database contact Maureen Knapp or Laura Wright