Do You Know Any MSK Authors? Ever Wonder about MSK Research Activities?

The 2018 Synapse Publications Report is now available to help answer these questions! This online report compiled by the Library provides an analysis and documents the publications produced by MSK researchers, clinicians, nurses, and other healthcare professionals for the year in review. The final bibliography includes 4,602 works, comprised of references to research and conference papers, reviews, meeting abstracts, books and book sections.

Synapse is a public facing resource and the authoritative bibliographic database developed and maintained by a skilled team of information professionals. Their ultimate goal is to track the wealth of knowledge attributed to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

I hope that by browsing the 2018 Synapse Publications Report, readers will gain a sense of the contributions of MSK authors to the ever-growing body of scholarly literature. Readers can also view past reports.

Your thoughts about this report would be welcomed — feel free to send me an email and let me know what you think.

Donna Gibson
Director of Library Services

Of Mammograms and Men

A study by MSK researchers published this month in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment and reported by AuntMinnie.com found that men at increased risk for breast cancer could benefit from screening mammograms.

The authors performed a retrospective review of 163 asymptomatic men at increased risk for breast cancer due to family history, personal history, or BRCA1/BRCA2 genetic mutations. After reviewing 806 screening mammograms done over nearly 7 years, the authors calculated a cancer detection rate of 4.9 per 1,000 mammograms, comparable to average-risk women. This indicates that screening mammography could be a useful tool in the high-risk male population, though the authors state that larger studies are needed to strengthen this conclusion. There are currently no guidelines on the use of screening mammography in men.

Three Questions for our Librarians – Marina Chilov

In this post we posed our three questions to Research Informationist Marina Chilov.

1. What areas can you help MSK users with?
I’m a Research Informationist and I assist our users by providing reference and research support. I answer reference questions, conduct literature searches, collaborate with MSK researchers on Systematic Reviews, and teach classes on biomedical resources such as PubMed and citation management tools such as EndNote.

2. What projects have you been working on recently?
I’m also part of the Evidence-based Cancer Imaging Program (ECIP) team that is preparing for the implementation of the PAMA mandate at MSK. Recently, I developed literature searches aimed at finding evidence on the appropriate diagnostic imaging modalities for several clinical conditions assigned by the clinicians on the team.

3. What is your favorite meal?
I’m a vegetarian and among all the vegetarian options I favor simple, unsophisticated food. I love potatoes in all forms – mashed, baked, roasted, etc. And ice cream is my top dessert priority. In my world, ice cream is the culmination of human thought as far as food goes.