First diagnosed case of Ebola in the USA

From CNN:

A person traveling from Liberia to the United States has been diagnosed with Ebola, Dr. Thomas Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told reporters Tuesday. The person, whose identity was not released, left Liberia on September 19 and arrived in the United States on September 20, he said. At that time, the person did not have symptoms. “But four or five days later” that person began to show symptoms, Frieden said. The person was hospitalized and isolated Sunday at a hospital in Texas, he said.

2014 Nobel Prize predictions from Thomson Reuters citation data! #science


Next week is Nobel Week, when the 2014 Nobel Prizes will be announced. CauseScience will be posting the announced winners as they happen! Thomson Reuters has some predictions for the science Nobel Prizes based on citations. Check them out here. They have predicted three groups for the Nobel Prize in Medicine. These include:

– 3 scientists involved in the discovery of large-scale copy number variation and its association with diseases.

– 3 scientists that performed fundamental discoveries concerning eukaryotic transcription and gene regulation

– and David Julius for elucidating mechanisms of pain sensation

Below is a nice infographic about the Thomson Reuters predictions:


#Ebola Quotable: Bill Gates on fighting the West African Ebola outbreak


I think it is quite impressive what’s being pulled together, and I do think well be able to get this under control. We need to make sure that it doesn’t spread to other parts of Africa. That’s a particular challenge, and then we need to get it under control in these three locations (West African countries with outbreaks).

The U.S., as usual on world problems, is stepping up both in terms of the science, the understanding, and now the U.S. military’s logistic ability to get supplies in and build hospitals that are critical.

Bill Gates on after the Gates Foundation donated $50 million to fight the Ebola outbreak.

Today at 3:30PM – Live Stream White House Conference on BRAIN initiative

Don’t forget. Today (September 30th) at 3:30 PM you can live-stream the White House Conference on President Obama’s BRAIN Initiative. For more info on the BRAIN Initiative, see the NIH BRAIN Initiative page here, or previous CauseScience postsVia awesome neuroscientist Ed Boyden!

@ResearchAmerica announces 2015 winners of Medical and Health Research Advocacy Awards #science

Research!America has announced the list of people and organizations it will honor as outstanding advocates for medical and health research at the 19th annual Advocacy Awards. Research!America describes the winners as ‘trailblazers in advancing medical progress to improve the health and economic security of our nation.’

The 2015 Advocacy Award winners are ABC’s “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts; Michael Milken, founder of the Milken Institute and FasterCures; Dr. Kenneth Olden, Director, National Center for Environmental Assessment, U.S. EPA; David Van Andel, Chairman and CEO, and Dr. George Vande Woude, Founding Scientific Director, Van Andel Research Institute; and the Society for Neuroscience (SfN).

“These exceptional leaders have advanced scientific discovery and innovation through their determination to improve the health of individuals worldwide,” said Mary Woolley, president and CEO of Research!America. “Their work has paved the way for others who are committed to ensuring that we save lives and sustain our nation’s global competitiveness with robust support for research.”

More info on each of the winners and descriptions of the terrific work they do at the Research!America blog and at the website for the Advocacy Awards.

Video from 2014 Advocacy Awards:

Video: Astronaut Chris Hadfield attempts to console five-year-old sad about Voyager One satellite @Cmdr_Hadfield

Rachel Maddow: LOL! Voyager is the BRAVEST Satellite of all. Does that make you Happier, Timur? – Timur, a five-year-old Canadian boy, is deeply concerned about Voyager1’s safe passage through outer space. LOL!!! (Rachel’s “Best new Thing in the World.”) with Commander Chris Hadfield, first Canadian astronaut.