Biological and biomedical sciences

Biological and biomedical sciences

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Key websites
  • Biochemical Society is the largest discipline-based learned society in the biosciences promoting the advancement of the molecular biosciences.
  • European Bioinformatics Institute provides a comprehensive range of freely available and up to date molecular databases including the EMBL nucleotide database.
  • European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) aims to promote excellence in molecular life sciences.
  • Genetics Society is one of the oldest "learned societies" devoted to genetics with a number of aims including the promotion of the public understanding of genetics.
  • Human Genome Organisation is an international coordinating scientific body concerned with the human genome or other scientific subjects related to it.
  • Microbiology Society aims to promote the science and significance of microbiology.
  • Physiological Society aims to promote physiology and support those working in the field. Society members have made significant contributions to our knowledge of biological systems and the treatment of disease.
  • Public Library of Science (PLOS) is a non-profit organisation committed to free access to scientific and medical information. They publish several peer-reviewed free online journals including PLOS Biology.
  • Royal Society of Biology is a unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences.
  • Visible Human Project (National Library of Medicine) is a project creating anatomically detailed, 3D representations of the human body.
Other useful websites
  • Knowledge Network is a national on-line knowledge and learning resource for health and social care. An NHS Athens login gives access to more than 9000 journal titles, ebooks and other services.
  • Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare is a collaborative research group involving historians and students from Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde.
  • Higher Education Academy champions excellent learning and teaching in higher education, breakdown by subject discipline.
  • Health & Care Professions Council is the regulating body for health, psychological and social work professionals.
  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland includes a range of publications relating to healthcare improvement including evidence based reports to best practice, improvement guides and inspection reports.
  • MEDNAR is a specialist medical search engine which can be good for finding grey literature.
  • National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) provides national guidance and advice to improve health and social care.
  • NHS Scotland is the official NHS Scotland website. Includes a list of NHS boards by region, a list of NHS and health related websites and a publication search.
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde includes a wealth of publications including annual reviews, consultations and guidelines and manuals.
  • Audit Scotland aims to hold public bodies to account and help them improve. Access a range of annual audits and public reports such as Accident and Emergency performance and NHS waiting lists.
  • Scottish Government includes Scottish Government publications on the topics of health and social care.
  • Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) includes clinical guidelines.
  • Department of Health covers heath care in England and incudes publications including policy documents and reports.