New Updates To The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

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This month's releases to The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection include the launching of a new series titled ALS and Other Motor Neuron Disorders, edited by Dr. Kevin Talbot from University of Oxford. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), the most common form of motor neuron degeneration, remains one of the most feared diseases in medicine. It is currently incurable and there are few interventions which significantly impact on its relentlessly progressive course, which uniformly ends in death. However, in the last 20 years we have acquired a wealth of data about the genetic underpinnings of ALS which illuminated a number of vulnerable pathways that can serve as targets for drug therapy. The series reviews the current knowledge on motor neuron disorders and discusses possible directions to developing efficient treatments.  Since such diseases often have a genetic component but are also influenced by developmental or environmental factors, this new series will be of great interest to researchers and practitioners in many disciplines. Currently, four talks are available with more to be published in coming weeks.

Other releases include the addition of three new lectures to the Aging series published last month, one new talk in Evolutionary Physiology, two lectures on personalized medicine – in obesity and cardiology, a lecture discussing the eye's vitreous, and a talk on randomization in N-of-1 clinical trials. A full list of the newly released talks is provided below my signature.

A quick reminder - talks from The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection are now included in PRIMO, the online catalogue produced by Ex-Libris, EBSCO Discovery Service as well as Summon, and OCLC-WorldCat.  

A new Quick Tutorial Video has also been included. Direct link:

Here is a short link directly to the latest releases:

All Johns Hopkins University faculty and students have unlimited access to all the lectures through

New series: ALS and Other Motor Neuron Disorders:

The clinical features of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: diagnosis, natural history and epidemiology
Prof. Kevin Talbot – University of Oxford, UK

Mechanisms of pathogenesis and molecular targets in spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy
 Dr. Carlo Rinaldi – University of Oxford, U

Neuroinflammation in ALS: cause or consequence? Prof. Philip Van Damme – KU Leuven, Belgium

Cognition in ALS and the overlap with frontotemporal dementia (FTD)
 Dr. Thomas Bak – University of Edinburgh, UK

New talks in Aging:


Prof. James R. Carey - University of California, Davis and University of California, Berkeley, USA

Protein homeostasis during aging 
Prof. Ana Maria Cuervo – Albert Einstein College of Medicine, NY, USA

Human senescent phenotypes 
Prof. Robert Arking – Wayne State University, USA

 New talk in Biology of the Eye:

Vitreous 1

Prof. Jerry Sebag – VMR Institute, USA

Vitreous 2


Prof. Jerry Sebag – VMR Institute, USA

New talk in Obesity: science, medicine and society


Towards personalised medicine in obesity

New talk in Evolutionary Physiology:

The cellular-molecular approach to evolution as niche construction 
Prof. John S. Torday – Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, USA

Independent talks:

Randomization in N-of-1 clinical trials 
Prof. Patrick Onghena – University of Leuven, Belgium

Precision medicine and cardiology 
Prof. Geoffrey S. Pitt – Weill Cornell Medicine, USA


The Welch Library Communications Team






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