The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is our nation’s medical research agency and strives to make scientific discoveries that improve health and save lives. Founded in 1870, the NIH conducts its own scientific research through its Intramural Research Program (IRP), which supports approximately 1,200 principal investigators and more than 4,000 postdoctoral fellows conducting basic, translational and clinical research. In this blog, we will highlight recent ground-breaking NIH research.
As countries begin to ease restrictions and allow some businesses to reopen, contact tracing and epidemiological studies will be critical to understand resurgence of potential COVID-19 outbreaks. Scientists not only need to know who is infected, they also need to rapidly identify which strain of the virus is spreading. To expedite such analysis, Thermo Fisher Scientific has now optimized its Ion AmpliSeq SARS-CoV-2 Research Panel for the Ion Torrent Genexus System.
The Liverpool Good Clinical Practice Laboratory (GCPLab) Facility directed by Professor Bill Greenhalf, has a crucial role in supporting the International Severe Acute Respiratory and Emerging Infection Consortium. To improve delivery and provide better standardisation the Glasgow team wanted to use the same MATRIX LIMS system as Liverpool, Autoscribe were asked to help and stepped in to provide licences for the MATRIX system, allowing remote access for Glasgow to the Liverpool database.
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Cybersecurity remains a vital consideration for entities within the healthcare setting, with academic researchers publishing on the topic frequently. But since computer security in healthcare first started getting researched in the mid-1980s, how have topical focuses shifted? What areas, if any, are underserved by current research? Jalali et al. attempt to answer those and other questions in this 2019 paper published in Journal of Medical Internet Research. Using bibliometric analysis as their tool, the authors conducted chronological analysis, domain clustering analysis, and text analysis on 472 English-language articles ranging from 1985 to September 2017. The conclude that "[d]espite the increase in research and attention to cybersecurity, there are persistent shortcomings in the research on cybersecurity," including implications that emerging cyber threats, physical security methodologies, and several human elements of cybersecurity have not been sufficiently captured in research. They worry that "a school of thought that knowledge, especially specific strategies and tactics, should not be shared openly," further suppresses research growth and utility.