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Global Medical

We are a group of over 550+ medical researchers and computer scientists. We work together collaboratively and help facilitate medical breakthroughs by sharing. We meet on Linkedin.  You are welcome to visit us and join.



MP is an interactive web 2.0 professional network exclusively for physicians, researchers, and medical students to share clinical insights, practice profiles, and upload user-generated content that may facilitate collaboration, advance medical knowledge and research. MP is the first centralized, comprehensive platform for the medical community capable of managing and aggregating all types of digital medical content such as images, videos, slides, podcasts, and e-documents. The company was founded in 2007 by Harvard, MIT graduate students and a resident physician at Massachusetts General Hospital. It is based out of Cambridge, MA.


Brijesh P Mehta, M.D.
Partners Neurology Department
Massachusetts General Hospital
Brigham & Women’s Hospital
Harvard Medical School

Mehta, Brijesh (September 27, 2008). Email correspondance to Global Medical Research, Diane Michel.

Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE

JoVE: What is it?
Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a peer reviewed, open access, online journal devoted to the publication of biological research in a video format.

JoVE: Rapid Knowledge Transfer
The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) was established as a new open-access tool in life science publication and communication, with participation of scientists from leading research institutions. JoVE takes advantage of video technology to capture and transmit the multiple facets and intricacies of life science research. Visualization greatly facilitates the understanding and efficient reproduction of both basic and complex experimental techniques, thereby addressing two of the biggest challenges faced by today’s life science research community: i) low transparency and poor reproducibility of biological experiments and ii) time and labor-intensive nature of learning new experimental techniques.

JoVE: Addressing Complexity
The complexity and breadth of life science research has increased exponentially in recent years. Research progress and the translation of findings from the bench to clinical therapies relies on the rapid transfer of knowledge both within the research community and the general public. Written word and static picture-based traditional print journals are no longer sufficient to accurately transmit the intricacies of modern research.

JoVE: Lifting the Laboratory Time Sink
As every researcher in the life sciences knows, it can take weeks or even months to learn, perfect, and apply new experimental techniques. It is especially difficult to reproduce newly published studies describing the advanced state-of-the-art techniques. Thus, much time in the laboratory is spent learning techniques and procedures. This is a never ending process for experimental scientists as methodologies in this fast-growing field evolve and change with each coming year (e.g. genomics and proteomics, most dramatically). The time and resource-consuming process of learning and staying current with techniques and procedures is a rate-limiting step in the advancement of scientific research and drug discovery.

JoVE: Integrating Time
JoVE opens a new frontier in scientific publication by promoting efficiency and performance of life science research. Visualization of the temporal component, or the change over time integral to many life science experiments, can now be done. JoVE allows you to publish experiments in all their dimensions, overcoming the inherent limitations of traditional, static print journals, thereby adding an entirely new parameter to the communication of experimental data and research results.

JoVE: Be a Part of a New Movement in Science Publishing
We invite you to actively participate in and contribute to JoVE, a scientific journal and novel tool for the advancement of life science research, by submitting video-articles that visualize your experiments.”

JoVE (2008). About Jove. Retrieved August 16, 2008, from

Biomed Experts

Explore and expand your scientific network
The combination of scientific knowledge and experience is the key success factor for biomedical research projects. Bringing the right researchers together and allowing them to grow their professional network is the ultimate goal of biomedexperts (BME) – the first literature-based social networking platform for the life-science research community.

BioMedExperts is a new online community that connects biomedical researchers to each other through the display and analysis of the networks of co-authors with whom each investigator works to publish scientific papers. The comprehensive system of pre-populated expert profiles, coupled with the ability to analyze all associated professional connections within the co-author network, allows scientists and researchers across organizations the ability to share data and collaborate in ways never before considered.

BME benefits – bringing the brains together!

Analyze the expert profiles of more than 1.4 million scientists
As a scientist, you can explore your personal network – starting with your direct co-authors and moving on to the co-authors of your co-authors
Identify researchers with the expertise you need in your broader network through easy-to-use search interfaces
Connect with other researchers who you have identified via BME
Cultivate and grow your professional network
BME benefits – bringing the brains together!
Everybody can use biomedexperts for free, however researchers who actively publish in life-science-related journals will get the most value from logging on.

How I can start using biomedexperts?
If you have published at least three papers over the last ten years that have been indexed in the Pubmed database, you can validate your pre-calculated expert profile and network in a simple, 4-step wizard after you register.
If you have never published in Pubmed over the last ten years, you can still register, search, and network with researchers you know.

Please visit Bio Med Experts to register.

About Collexis, the company behind BME
Leveraging its biomedical focus of the last ten years, Collexis has developed powerful knowledge discovery solutions and text mining applications such as Disease, Drug, and Gene/Protein Dashboards. Collexis’s current clients in the public, private and academic sectors include the Mayo Clinic; Johns Hopkins University; the University of California, San Francisco; the University of South Carolina; Erasmus University Library; Merck & Co.; Bristol-Myers Squibb; Lockheed Martin; the World Health Organization; Wellcome Trust; the National Institutes of Health; and the U.S. Department of Defense.

For more information, please visit

Reference: (2008). Biomedexperts: About.  Retrieved August 29, 2008, from

Nature Networks

About Nature Network

What is Nature Network?

Nature Network is the professional networking website for scientists around the world. Think of it as the online meeting place where you and your fellow scientists can gather, share and discuss ideas, and keep in touch. Scientists can also benefit from interactions at the local level. That’s why you’ll see an increasing number of local city hubs on Nature Network, starting with Boston and London.

To get an overview of Nature Network, watch this short video.

What you can do on Nature Network

Nature Network is completely free. Here’s what you can do on it:

  • Create your own personal profile page; describe yourself and your research, and list your publications.
  • Set up a group for your lab, department, institution or subject of interest.
  • Join other groups and have discussions with group members. For example, discuss the latest research and trends, ask questions on experimental procedures, seek careers advice or talk about upcoming or past events.
  • Build your own online network of contacts and follow their activity on Nature Network.
  • Give your opinion on what’s going on in your field or in the broader world of science by having your own blog; you can also post comments on other people’s blogs.
  • On the local pages, search and browse listings of upcoming seminars and conferences. We aim to list everything from niche meetings to screenings of science-based films and plays. You can even post your own events.
  • Read the latest news, views and historical insights in the news sections of our featured locations. Discuss these articles by posting comments on our articles.
  • Browse local jobs listings.
  • Nature Network is shaped by its users. We encourage you to create your own space on Nature Network and to invite your colleagues to join this growing online community of scientists.

How Nature Network works

To get the most out of this website, we recommend that you register and login (all free). You can use your username and password on Nature Network.

As a member, you will be able to build your own profile, create or join a group, post comments on blogs, and add people to your personal network.

When you log in for the first time, a default profile will be created for you that consists of just your name. You will then be invited to complete your profile by filling in additional fields such as your interests, projects and publications.

If you don’t register or log in, you can still read the blogs, profiles, articles and posted comments. You can also browse and search the events and jobs listings.

But to really engage with the online community of scientists, you’ll need to register, login, and fill out your profile.

Before you begin creating your network and posting comments, please take a few moments to read our community guidelines.

Who we are and why we are doing this

Nature Network is brought to you by Nature Publishing Group (NPG). NPG is the publisher of Nature, the Nature research titles, the Nature Reviews journals, the Nature Clinical Practice series, 35 biomedical and clinical journals, and a number of online products such as Naturejobs and Natureevents. We recognize that the web is a powerful medium not just for disseminating scientific information, but also for building communities and providing an interactive forum for the exchange of ideas.

Reference: (2008). About Nature Network.  Retrieved August 29, 2008, from

Epernicus – Alpha
“Epernicus is a professional networking platform for health and life scientists. Our goal is to connect researchers with their real world scientific networks, enabling them to find the resources they need to advance their work. We believe that having a useful network isn’t necessarily about adding as many contacts as possible. In fact, most scientists already have a large network based on their current institution and their prior research advisors. The bigger challenge is tapping this network to find the right people with the right expertise at the right time. That’s why we created Epernicus.

Scientists use Epernicus to search efficiently for expertise, methods, and materials in their network. Through our scientific profiles, researchers also maintain a professional web presence and stay connected to their current and former colleagues. As many of our members would say, when you’re looking for something, it’s always better to find it through someone in your network.

Based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Epernicus is a resource built by scientists to advance research and scientific careers. As you join the community and explore Epernicus, we hope that you will share your feedback with us.”

Reference: (2008). About Epernicus.  Retrieved August 29, 2008, from

Community of Science

About COS

For more than a decade, COS has been a leading provider of information resources to researchers, scholars and other professionals around the globe. COS brings together the world’s most prominent scientists, researchers and scholars at thousands of universities, corporations and government agencies worldwide. COS provides services that enable these professionals to find the funding, people and information that are important to their work.

These international, multi-disciplinary services include:

COS Funding Opportunities, the world’s largest compendium of available funding sources, with more than 25,000 current opportunities for grants, fellowships, and awards.

COS Scholar Universe, an editorially controlled, keyword-searchable database with nearly 2 million profiles of scholars

COS Papers Invited, a database of calls for papers for conferences and journal special editions

COS Expertise, a profile management system that enables institutions to keep track of their faculty’s expertise and research work, with first-person profiles maintained by the faculty themselves

COS Abstract Management System, an online publishing solution for universities and professional societies.

COS is part of the RefWorksCOS business unit of ProQuest.

RefWorks provides tools to help researchers manage research citations, write papers, share resources and collaborate, and keep aware of the very latest published research. Learn more at

ProQuest provides seamless access to and navigation of more than 125 billion digital pages of the world’s scholarship, delivering it to the desktop and into the workflow of students and researchers through libraries around the world. Learn more at”


COS: Community of Science (2008).  Resources for research worldwide. Retrieved August 15, 2008, from