Friday, January 31, 2014

New! Matas Faculty Publications Database

Matas Library is proud to announce a new local resource: Matas Faculty Publications Database

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 and Web of Science.

Quick stats
  • Over 17,000 references from 1910 - present
  • Oldest reference: "The Cultivation of the Leprosy Bacillus and the Experimental Production of Leprosy in the Japanese Dancing Mouse" by Dr. CW Duval in the Journal of Experimental Medicine, 1910 Sep 1;12(5):649-65. Read here
  • Newest reference: "Blood pressure responses to dietary sodium and potassium interventions and the cold pressor test: the GenSalt replication study in rural North China." by Dr Q Zhao, et al, in the American Journal of Hypertension 2014 Jan;27(1):72-80. View in PubMed
  • Tulane scholars published over 780+ articles in 2013, 660+ articles in 2012, and 830+ articles in 2011 
Some of the more highly cited journal articles of 2013*

Cited 12 times since June 2013

Bourin P, Bunnell BA, Casteilla L, Dominici M, Katz AJ, March KL, et al. Stromal cells from the adipose tissue-derived stromal vascular fraction and culture expanded adipose tissue-derived stromal/stem cells: A joint statement of the international federation for adipose therapeutics and science (IFATS) and the international society for cellular therapy (ISCT). Cytotherapy. 2013 Jun;15(6):641-8 View in PubMed
 Dr Bruce A. Bunnell is a professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Director of the Tulane Center for Gene Therapy
Cited 10 times since March 2013

Ruutiainen T, Miller S, Caplan A, Ginsberg JP. Expanding access to testicular tissue cryopreservation: An analysis by analogy. American Journal of Bioethics. 2013 Mar;13(3):28-35. View in PubMed

Tuua Ruutiainen is a second year medical student in the School of Medicine.

Cited 9 times since January 2013

Zhang R, Oyajobi BO, Harris SE, Chen D, Tsao C, Deng H, et al. Wnt/beta-catenin signaling activates bone morphogenetic protein 2 expression in osteoblasts. Bone. 2013 JAN;52(1):145-56. View in PubMed

Rongrong Zhang is a Graduate student in the Center for Bioinformatics and Genomics, Department of Biostatistics, School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine

*based on a Tulane affiliation search in Web of Science on January 22, 2014.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Grand Rounds Reading Lists Now Available: Patient Outcomes

Medicine Ground Rounds for January 22, 2014 was cancelled.

Reference from Pediatrics Grand Rounds for January 30, 2014: "Optimizing Patient Outcomes: The Human Factor" are now available:

Friday, January 24, 2014

New book spotlight: World Health Statistics 2013

Looking for current information on world health statistics? Check out World Health Statistics 2013, a WHO publication added to the Matas collection in December 2013.

The statistical information in this book is divided into three sections: Part I. focuses on health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), Part II. gives information on topics highlighted by the WHO, and Part III. displays charts with data about the following global health indicators:

  • Life expectancy and mortality
  • Cause-specific mortality and morbidity
  • Selected infectious diseases
  • Health service coverage
  • Risk factors
  • Health systems
  • Health expenditure
  • Health inequalities
  • Demographic and socioeconomic statistics
Check out this book, and other new additions to our collection, on the New Books book cart in the Commons area of the library.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Grand Rounds Reading Lists Now Available: Brain amoebas; what our trainees do when we’re not teaching them

References from Medicine Ground Rounds for January 22, 2014: "What do our trainees do when we’re not teaching them? Characteristics and Behaviors of Successful and Unsuccessful Trainees"
are now available:

Reference from Pediatrics Grand Rounds for January 23, 2014: Morbidity and Mortality of Naegleri Fowleri: brain eating amoeba are now available:

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Grand Rounds Reading Lists Now Available: Asthma Phenotypes; Gun Violence

References from Medicine Ground Rounds for January 15, 2014: Asthma Phenotypes in the Child, Adolescent, and Adult are now available:

Reference from Pediatrics Grand Rounds for January 16, 2014: Role of Pediatricians in Preventing Gun Violence are now available:

SAS 9.3 now available in 24/7 area of Matas Library

The updated version of SAS is now available on the 10 computers in the back room of the 24/7 area of the Matas library.

Monday, January 13, 2014

American Medical Student Research Journal (AMSRJ)

Established by medical students at LSU Shreveport, the American Medical Student Research Journal (AMSRJ) aims to make the research and publishing process more accessible to medical students. This publication will be authored, reviewed, and edited by medical students (in association with faculty members) to help promote interest in research and to develop a platform for the development of the critical thinking skills needed to succeed in medical practice. This student journal will be only the second of its kind in the United States.

The creation of AMSRJ was completely student-driven, with students funding the registration of the journal as a non-profit corporation and the application for federal trademark permissions. The journal is aiming to keep submission to AMSRJ free, as opposed to charging a submission fee like other open-access journals.

The AMSRJ team has announced January 31, 2014 as the deadline for submissions for their inaugural issue, which will be published online in Spring 2014.

For more information about the AMSRJ, visit

Friday, January 10, 2014

New Platform for OMMBID: The Online Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease

OMMBID is an online resource with comprehensive coverage of the genes and genetic mechanisms underlying human disease states.  The content is updated continually to reflect new developments in the field and to provide information on the metabolic and molecular underpinnings of  inherited diseases along with pathophysiology and treatment.  Unique features include high quality color images and complex illustrations.  The complete four-volume text of the definitive resource on the causation and treatment of inherited diseases, The Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Diseases is included in OMMBID.

The OMMBID Blog with a board of vetted researchers post upwards of 10 entries a month, regarding the latest findings across a variety of fields.  

Check out the new AccessMedicine (Tulane now has unlimited users!)

AccessMedicine has a new look with the same great content!   Books are now available with unlimited access.  

 Harrison's Online features the complete contents of Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, 18e, but in a convenient online format.

Harrison's Online Features
- Lecture notes: including PowerPoint presentations
- Grand rounds: from experts around the field
- Emergency medicine photo gallery: Selected cases from the Atlas of Emergency Medicine
- Podcasts: featuring practice updates
- Self-Assessment: over 1,000 questions
- Videos: view basic medical procedures

Mobile spotlight: Plague, Inc.

Interested in infectious disease epidemiology? Love movies like Contagion? Ready to be responsible for a plague that decimates the world population and leads to the collapse of human civilization?

From the iTunes App Store:
Can you infect the world? Plague Inc. is a unique mix of high strategy and terrifyingly realistic simulation.

Your pathogen has just infected 'Patient Zero'. Now you must bring about the end of human history by evolving a deadly, global Plague whilst adapting against everything humanity can do to defend itself.

Brilliantly executed with innovative gameplay and built from the ground up for iPhone & iPad, Plague Inc. evolves the strategy genre and pushes mobile gaming (and you) to new levels. It’s You vs. the world - only the strongest can survive!
As the creator of your plague, select an outbreak site, pick out some modes of transmission, a few symptoms, and a couple of mutation abilities, then monitor the development of your disease (and the demise of mankind). But make sure you watch out for the development of a cure- the game ends once everyone is dead from your plague or a cure is found!

Available from the iTunes app store for iPhone and iPad for $0.99. Also available from Google Play for Android.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Grand Rounds Reading Lists Now Available: Hyponatremia, The Lost Art of Intubation

References from Medicine Ground Rounds for January 8, 2014: Hyponatremia: Strategies for the Identification, Assessment and Logical Treatment of Hyponatremia in the Hospital Setting are now available:

Reference from Pediatrics Grand Rounds for January 9, 2014: NRP: The Lost Art of Intubation are now available:

Monday, January 6, 2014

Interested in evidence-based healthcare?

Are you interested in evidence-based healthcare (EBH)? If so, check out Students 4 Best Evidence, a growing network of students around the world who are interested in learning more about EBH. Student contributors pull together resources on EBH in an interactive space where you can search for information and meet other students who are interested in EBH.

To find out more about Students 4 Best Evidence, start here!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Featured e-book: Basic and Clinical Pharmacology, 12th ed. (Katzung)

Looking for a book to help review for pharmacology? Katzung's Basic and Clinical Pharmacology is available online through AccessMedicine.

One easy way to access this e-book is to go to the Matas library webpage* and search for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology in our catalog. Click the link at the top of the record and you will go straight to the e-book in AccessMedicine.

Another way to find this e-book is to go to the Resources tab on the Matas library webpage*, select AccessMedicine, select the Textbooks tab, and search for Basic and Clinical Pharmacology.

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