Journal Club on the Biological Sciences - University of Houston
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Reading peer-reviewed scientific articles can be challenging when you're just getting started. The Journal Club on the Biological Sciences is designed to give students the opportunity to read, evaluate, and discuss peer-reviewed articles.

Students can take advantage of this risk-free environment and join the conversation. Simply read the article in advance, and bring any questions or comments you have on the paper to the meeting. The students who chose the paper will present it to the group, and then we will discuss it. 

The Journal club will meet virtually for the Spring 2021 semester via Microsoft Teams. You can join the public team called "Journal Club on the Biological Sciences."

Fall 2020 & Spring 2021 Theme: Gut Microbiome and Human Health and Disease

The Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 theme is surprisingly broad because it can be approached from a variety of angles: evolutionary development of microbiome, coevolution of humans with their gut microbiome, the role of the gut microbiome in inflammation, autoimmune disease, and immune development, the connection between the gut microbiome and mental health and mood, etc. 

To help you get excited about the theme, check out these interesting articles and talks!

Relevant Review Articles (these may be a good place to find articles you're interested in presenting):

"Translating the Gut Microbiome: ready for the clinic?," Lynch, Ng, Shanahan, & Tilg, Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology, 2019
"The Gut Microbiome and Metabolic Syndrome," Dabke, Hendrick, & Devkota, Journal of Clinical Investigation, 2019
"The role of inflammation and the gut microbiome in depression and anxiety," Peirce & Alvina, Journal of Neuroscience Research, 2019

Spring 2021 Meeting Dates:

Thursday, January 28 at 4 p.m. -- January Journal Article
Thursday, February 18 at 4 p.m. -- February Journal Article
Thursday, March 25 at 4 p.m. -- March Journal Article
Thursday, April 22 at 4 p.m. -- April Journal Article

Click HERE for Presenter Guidelines. 

Please contact Dr. Rita Sirrieh with questions about the Journal Club on the Biological Sciences or if you want to sign up to present an article.

Fall 2020 Theme: Gut Microbiome and Human Health and Disease

Thursday, August 27 at 4 p.m. -- August Journal Article
Thursday, September 24 at 4 p.m. -- September Journal Article
Thursday, October 22 at 4 p.m. -- October Journal Article
Thursday, November 19 at 4 p.m. -- November Journal Article

Spring 2020 Theme: Receptors and Disease