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Shelley Arvin to Present at Kennedy’s Disease Association Conference

Posted by isulib on October 20, 2014

Shelley Arvin (Reference/Instruction; Public Services; and liaison to Nursing faculty) will be presenting on her paper “Analysis of inconsistencies in terminology of spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy and its effect on retrieval of research” that appeared in the Journal of the Medical Library Association (101(2): 147-150)

Ms. Arvin’s research describes how the multiplicity of names that rare and emerging diseases are called complicates research on these diseases.  Using spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy as an example, she demonstrates how terminological inconsistencies adversely affect database retrievals and can cause investigators to miss pertinent research.  Shelley has continued to explore this problem and is in the process of writing a follow up to her original article.


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