To join in the Open Access Week festivities, we hosted an OA Week Reception in Toronto at the Toronto General Hospital. The reception was held on Friday 28 October and focused on gaining knowledge and discussing points of Open Access and the role of JIDC. AND it was FABULOUS! Thanks to everyone who was involved and attended. And special thanks to Donna Okubo at PLoS for all her help!
I was thrilled by the people who came out and their interest in JIDC and Open Access publishing.
I was so excited to have Dr. Lorelei Silverman and Dr. Rosalind Silverman, who established the Models of Human Disease Conference, attend the event. The conference is annually held in Toronto, Canada. The purpose of the conference is to serve as a forum for scientists from around the world to exchange their ideas on model organisms or cells to better understand various diseases. Model organisms include the following: rodents, yeast, Drosophila, C. elegans, zebra fish, chicken, Dictyostelium, snail, crayfish, etc. What an important concept to have a conference focusing on ”The Use of Animals Models to Improve the Investigation of Human Diseases”. It is summed up by their tag line: “Better models for better drugs!” Look for future posts on the Models of Human Diseases Conference and how JIDC will be working with this event.I had sent one of the students from the lab to this conference this summer and it was a great experience for him—it served as a springboard for him to develop his PhD project into a paper!
I was also pleased to have a JIDC author attend our reception. It was great to congratulate him on his JIDC paper. We also discussed the mentoring system, open access publishing and the frustrations of writing a paper and getting it published.Thanks to everyone else who came out. It was so great to meet all of you and hear your thoughts on Open Access and JIDC!