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Greetings from Long Beach, CA

Just like a year ago, now I’m attending the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 conference and I’m quite happy to be here again. Long Beach is warm enough after the central-european winter.  This year, I got the honor to be in the organizing committee and I’ve been conducting interviews with famous presenters for the MMVR17 blog.

In the next 4 days, I will blog and tweet live about what’s happening in the leading conference focusing on medical technology and simulations.


On Wednesday, I will talk about how practicing medicine will change in the web 2.0 era and will do a workshop about the medical islands of Second Life.

Follow Scienceroll or my Twitter account for more.

And let me know if you are around and would like to meet.

Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17: The Salon and The Well

This year, I will attend again the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17 conference that will take place in Long Beach, CA between the 19th and the 22nd of January. Now I’m a member of the organizing committee and have been managing a blog for the conference for a few months.

I will present a slideshow “Practicing medicine in the web 2.0 era” and will also present in the Salon:

Berci Meskó
University of Debrecen, Hungary

Demonstration: Discovering the Virtual World of Medicine through Second Life provides medical educators and students with numerous educational opportunities and tools while visiting the places and islands that can change the way medical education is delivered today.


Today Kóan Jeff Baysa asked several of the Well & Salon artists. Check these out here.

From 2008 to 2009

2008 was a really successful year for me. Of course, the most important thing is I launched, a service that aims to serve as a bridge between medical professionals and e-patients.

I launched a university credit course on medicine 2.0 and gave slideshows at several conferences:


Some of the best posts this year:













Thank you for following Scienceroll in 2008. I hope you will be with me in 2009 as well.

Happy New Year!

Berci Mesko

Twitterview: The Future of Medicine in 140 Characters, a Spanish medical site, did an interview with me through Twitter. 15 short questions, 15 fast answers in the well-known 140 character-long format.


Here you can read the whole interview (we used the #DM1 tag). Start from the bottom and click on newer to read on.


Stay tuned as will do other twitterviews soon…

My First Twitter Interview, a Spanish medical site, kindly asked me to do an interview through Twitter. 15 short questions, 15 fast answers in the well-known 140 character-long format.

It will take place on the 10th of November December (Wednesday) at 12:00 EST.

You can check it out if you visit my Twitter page.

Feel free to follow me, join the health 2.0 discussions or just check the links I publish on Twitter.


The impact of web 2.0 on medicine and healthcare (SMIT 2008)

I’m currently writing from Wien, Austria, where I’m attending the 20th International Conference of the Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (SMIT2008) and just presented my slideshow in the e-health section. The feedback was quite good here, but I would love to hear your thoughts on this. Of course, I will present a rather different slideshow in Toronto at the Medicine 2.0 Congress next week.

World Health Organization: 3 Days in Geneva

About a year ago, I found an article mentioning WHO’s Wikipedia-based approach in revisioning ICD (international classification of diseases) and contacted them by e-mail. Later, some weeks ago, I was invited for a brainstorming to the centre of World Health Organization in the beautiful city of Geneva. I spent three days there and discussed how a wiki-like system could help making this process (the revision of ICD) more open and collaborative.

The centre of World Health Organization

Inside WHO

Me on the top of WHO with the lake in the background

Le jet d’eau is really spectacular (140 metres high).

United Nations

I guess PubMed users come together for a drink in ClubMed…

So those people working in WHO do a huge job. The ICD codes are the basic elements of any kind of health statistics and global healthcare-related decisions are based on these. If this revision process becomes open for all the physicians in the world, it will be even more efficient.

The first step of this long process is here.

That’s why a wiki-like system could be beneficial and that’s why they are really open to ideas and thoughts. I hope they could use my experience or knowledge or whatever I have in this field of medicine.

From now I will keep you posted about how WHO is using the advantages of web 2.0.

My Dream Job

I’m a featured blogger now on because of my Hungarian medical blog and I got an interesting question about which famous blogger I would like to wake up as tomorrow morning. It made me think for a while.

I’ve always wanted to become a researcher specialized in human genetics, that’s why I study genetics at the school of medicine of Debrecen. But as a blogger, I realized how innovative and fast online projects can be and how important e-health is.

My dream job would be a job where my only task is to inspire others with my vision and ideas while travelling through the world; and to understand more and more things that can have global effect.

Robert Scoble seems to be the best example right now.

Regarding the medical field, Alex Jadad has such a job:

Dr. Jadad initiated a new effort, known as the Global eHealth and eWellness Network Initiative (GENI, pronounced as ‘genie’), which seeks to explore innovative ways to promote optimal levels of health and wellbeing through the use of ICTs. Areas of interest include technologically-assisted vital environments, social networks and virtual supportive communities, new modalities of tele-work and tele-mentoring, robotic applications to improve quality of life and innovations in entertainment… Dr. Jadad currently advises the World Health Organization as a member of its Global Observatory for eHealth’s Strategic Advisory Group of Experts (SAGE) .

He is also the leader of the Centre for Global eHealth Innovation.

So I will graduate from medical school before September, 2009; then I plan to start PhD training in genetics but will also work on my blog and the projects I have recently launched. Until then, I will attend conferences focusing on the future of medicine:

  • 20th International Conference of the Society for Medical Innovation and Technology (Vienna, Austria; August 28-30): Oral presentation
  • Medicine 2.0 Congress (Toronto, Canada, September 4-5): Oral presentation and Medical Bloggers’ Panel
  • Health 2.0 conference? (Bilbao, Spain; November 20)
  • Medicine Meets Virtual Reality conference 17 (Long Beach, CA; January, 2009): I’m a member of the organizing committee.
  • NeXtHealth conference (2009)

And of course, we will see how it goes.

My First Impact Factors

I know it’s a small step for a scientist but an exceptional day for me as I’ve got my first impact factors (2.78!).

Amino Acids. 2008 Jul 2. [Epub ahead of print]

Transdab wiki: the interactive transglutaminase substrate database on web 2.0 surface.

Csősz E, Meskó B, Fésüs L.

Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Debrecen, Egyetem ter. 1., Life Science Building, 4010, Debrecen, Hungary,

TRANSDAB wiki is a database of transglutaminase substrate proteins. This wiki is designed to provide quality content of all the details (including synonyms, structures, references) about transglutaminase substrate proteins and interaction partners. Currently TRANSDAB contains 243 articles about substrate proteins for 6 transglutaminase types in a user-friendly, editable format. Our aim was to collect structural information about substrate proteins and this information is provided in form of images, videos and links. The scientific community is invited to edit the database and besides providing up-to-date information, this wiki should serve as a platform for valuable discussions.

PMID: 18594947 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]

I hope to get some more, next time in the field of genetics. I had another publication about web 2.0 and medicine but this one was published in Hungarian.

Anyway, according to Wikipedia, impact factor is a measure of the citations to science and social science. journals.

Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 17: Organizing Committee

This January, I attended the Medicine Meets Virtual Reality 16 conference in Long Beach, CA. It was a one-in-a-lifetime experience and I enjoyed talking about Medicine 2.0 and organizing a live Second Life medical exercise for the medical students of USC.

Now, I’m truly honoured to be in the organizing committee of next year’s event. Take a look at the list of famous scientists and innovators. I hope they will be delighted by my efforts.

Of course, I will try to come up with some medicine 2.0 related ideas.

I’ll keep you posted about the conference through the whole year.

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