Cureus Creates Academic Council to Guide Medical Publishing Revolution

Cureus Creates Academic Council to Guide Medical Publishing Revolution

Cur&#275us is disrupting a 200-year old medical publishing industry.
Cur&#275us, the new generation medical journal, today announced the creation of the Cur&#275us Academic Council to help launch its revolution in academic publishing.

Formed to help ensure Cur&#275us aspires to the highest academic standards, the Academic Council includes a select group of world-renowned academics and past presidents from such leading institutions as Stanford University, the Salk Institute, the University of Chicago, the National University of Singapore and the American Medical Association.

By leveraging broad ranging experience of the members, and their formidable understanding of the medical and scientific research communities, the Academic Council will help Cur&#275us to drive change within the medical publishing industry. This new model for scholarly publishing will focus increasingly on authors and reviewers of science thereby accelerating the process of paper publication and breaking down barriers to much wider readership.

“Cur&#275us is disrupting a 200-year old medical publishing industry wedded to outdated peer review practices that needlessly delay the creation and dissemination of medical knowledge,” said John Adler, MD, Cur&#275us founder and editor-in-chief. “The depth and breadth of knowledge represented by the members of our Academic Council and Editorial Board will ensure that we deliver on our promise of true and meaningful change, resulting in a far more effective means of progressing medical science.”

In addition to the Academic Council, Cur&#275us has created an editorial board comprised of nearly 150 members from major medical schools in the United States and around the world, including a who’s who of leaders from most of the major medical specialties. This broad-based coalition of Cur&#275us Editorial Board members provides both the necessary expertise and influence within the medical research community to enable a single, open-access, cross-disciplinary alternative to the nearly 6000 siloed medical journals that exist today.

“It is time for those who publish innovations to innovate the process itself,” said Jerrold F. Rosenbaum, MD, Harvard Medical School.

The complete roster of the Cur&#275us Academic Council includes:

• Professor William R. Brody, MD, PhD, President of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies
• Peter Carmel, MD, Chair of the New Jersey Medical School Department of Neurological Surgery; past President, American Medical Association
• Samuel Hellman, MD, University of Chicago Medicine
• Donald Kennedy, PhD, President Emeritus of Stanford University
• Professor John Wong Eu Li, MBBS, Deputy Chief Executive, National University Health System, Singapore

More information about the Cur&#275us Editorial Board can be found at http://www.cureus.com/editorial_board.

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About Cur&#275us

Based in Palo Alto, California, Cur&#275us is the new generation medical journal. Leveraging the power of an online, crowd-sourced platform, Cur&#275us promotes medical research by focusing the publishing process on the people who create it, resulting in better research, faster publication and easier access for everyone. Leading physicians from all over the world have joined the unparalleled Cur&#275us Editorial Board to lend their support to the medical publishing revolution. For more information, visit http://www.cureus.com.

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Lessons Learned From Winning a Poster Competition

Lessons Learned From Winning a Poster Competition

Competing For Eyeballs of Those Passing By

    1. You are competing with everyone for the attention of a few (1 minute of their time – MAX)
    2. Catchy titles! Lure in the reader with a title that stands out from the crowd
      • E.g., One title I used was “The Panic Disorder Patient who Cried Wolf.” Clearly, this is not the title for the manuscript I eventually published (which was about information-processing biases and auditory perception in anxious individuals), but, it certainly piqued the curiosity of convention-goers.
    3. BIG PRETTY GRAPHS ROCK!!!
    4. Bullet-pointed text (similar to a talk). A few points of interest or “talking points,” but let the quality of your tables and graphs/images speak to the quality of your data!
      • No one has the time to read tiny text boxes (if the reader has to squint…you lose)!
      • Consider leaving out the abstract (so many words, and these words are redundant with what your poster will convey LOUDLY AND CLEARLY, also the abstract will be published in the Conference Proceedings anyway. On Cur?us, the title of your poster will be directly linked to your published abstract.  In essence, your poster IS the abstract plus some cool graphic design effort!
    5. What to include?
      • Background and Rationale
      • Specific Aims and Hypotheses
      • Methods/Design
      • Results
      • Graphs/Tables
        • Summarize results in bullet pointed text
        • Don’t add a single bullet under a point. What’s the point in the bullet if the bullet IS the point?
      • Conclusions/Discussion
      • Implications/Future Directions

Most of all, have fun with your work, have confidence in it, and BE CREATIVE!

Poster Sample (above): Spinal Chordoma by Stefan Norbert Zausinger

Fall 2012 International Poster Competition is Now Open

Fall 2012 International Poster Competition is Now Open

Several months ago we started a revolution in medical publishing by offering tools for physician authors unlike any in the industry.  Today we expand the revolution to include medical and graduate students, residents, fellows and anyone who has or will publish a medical poster.  There are thousands of posters discarded after conferences every year and yet they represent hard work, creative thinking and many will lead to the next full academic papers.

Dust off those posters sitting on your hard drive and upload them to Cureus where they can receive new life.

To have some fun we are introducing our Fall 2012 International Poster Competition which includes a $1,000 Grand Prize and $100 prizes for each of our 40 categories.  Each category will have a winner for a total of 40 First Place prizes.  We are honored to have Varian Medical Systems participate as the sponsor of the competition.  They are a company that values innovation and are strong supporters of physician authors who are pushing to advance medical science and discourse.

As authors you may submit any poster you have created over time and as many as you like.  Once you upload your poster, its time to promote….get friends, family, professors etc. to come vote for your poster.  The top 10 vote recipients in each category will make it to the final round where our esteemed Editorial Board members will select the Top 3 Winners in each category.  Top 3 winners will get noted in their profile and can add this distinction to their CV…plus bragging rights.

Go to www.cureus.com/posters to get started.…the sooner your poster is submitted, the sooner you can begin getting votes and head toward victory.

Let the games begin.

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Download the official Fall 2012 Poster Competition Press Release.

 

New Study Shows It's Possible To Be Fat and Fit

New Study Shows It's Possible To Be Fat and Fit

While being fat and fit may sound like an obvious contradiction — a new study published this month in the European Heart Journal, reveals that it is possible to be both obese and healthy.

“It is well known that obesity is linked to a large number of chronic diseases such as cardiovascular problems and cancer,” lead study author Dr. Francisco Ortega said in a statement.

“However, there appears to be a sub-set of obese people who seem to be protected from obesity-related metabolic complications.”

The study, which collected data on more than 43,000 people between 1979 and 2003 — challenges the idea that obesity automatically leads to ill-health. In fact, it shows that some fat people manage to remain ‘metabolically healthy’ although their body mass index would suggest they are not. Researchers discovered that 38% of obese participants that were metabolically healthy had a lower risk of dying than their peers who were metabolically unhealthy.

“We believe that getting more exercise broadly and positively influences major body systems and organs and consequently contributes to make someone metabolically healthier, including obese people.” Dr. Ortega added.

Still, Ortega made one thing very clear in a statement to CNN; “Exercise benefits everyone, regardless of fitness and fatness level. So exercise should be encouraged by doctors to all the patients.”

Read the entire CNN post