January 16, 2018 - Directorial Quotation #40: "One of the penalties for refusing to participate in politics is that you end up being governed by your inferiors" (Plato, Greek philosopher).

January 15, 2018 - Our Paper of the Year 2017 was published in the Nov issue of Nature Medicine by Arai and colleagues. The work describes a new pathway regulated by PAF acetyl hydrolase that results in the generation of omega-3 fatty acid epoxides as new lipid mediators of mast cell-mediated allergic reactions.

January 8, 2018 - "Don't try to be a great man, just be a man and let history make its own judgment" (Zephram Cochrane, rocket scientist. Also a Roy Orbison fan) Winter 2018 group meeting schedule here.

December 28, 2017 - Our latest palmitoleic paper (to appear shortly in the JLR) ranks 23rd, out of 43 entries, in the "Most-Read Articles during October thru November 2017" list. Not bad considering that our paper was first published in the Papers in Press section on Nov 21. With this exhilarating news we say goodbye to this year and wait for the next one, which promises to begin in a pretty hectic way.

December 20, 2017 - It has been suggested that titanium exposure may be harmful to the brain, in particular to glial cells, which include the astrocytes. Astrocytes are known as rich sources of arachidonic acid and its oxygenated metabolites. Morale of the story: if your sixth sense says no, get to trust it.

December 19, 2017 - Directorial Quotation #39: "You never know what is enough unless you know what is more than enough" (William Blake, English poet).

December 14, 2017 - Those who study without interest always fail to remember that there is a pot of gold at the other end of the rainbow. Else, those who seek petty revenge for things they do not agree with always fail to take into account that the best revenge is success.

November 27, 2017 - Extra Directorial Quotation: “Wise men speak because they have something to say; fools because they have to say something” (Plato, Greek philosopher).

November 22, 2017 - Old conventional wisdom has it that sapienic acid is a fatty acid present in human sebum, skin and nails. Given our recent editorial experiences with this fatty acid, one could say as well that there is much of it in blood, sweat and tears. By the way, sapienic acid is also found at significant levels in phagocytic cells; go to your favorite eicosanoid library to check it out!

November 21, 2017 - Directorial Quotation #37: "A muleteer told me that you do not have to get there first, you just have to know how to get there” (José Alfredo Jiménez, Mexican king songwriter).

November 20, 2017 - Back from Brazil, where we attended the 11th International Congress of Pharmaceutical Sciences, held at Ribeirão Preto, São Paulo state. As usual, we enjoyed the warm brazilian hospitality at its best.

November 7, 2017 - What is better to science, the paradox or the prejudice? If we ignore the fool on the hill who counts the falling tears that fall before his eyes, we must conclude that it has to be the former.

October 31, 2017 - Directorial Quotation #36: "It is better to be hated for what you are than to be loved for what you are not” (André Gide, Nobel Laureate in Literature 1947)

October 25, 2017 - The Annual Meeting of the Spanish Biochemical Society is being held these days in Barcelona in association with the French and Portuguese societies. Surrounded by one hundred and fifty-five rumors of agitation, lipins enjoyed their fair share of exposure

October 13, 2017 - Yes, we all know that Magneto was mad, the Titanium Man too, and the Crimson Dynamo just couldn't cut it no more, but the most obnoxious of the trio is by far, the man in the middle. The only man, the fool of a man in the middle.

October 11, 2017 - Amidst the blowing of increasingly stronger scipol winds, we have learned that according to the IUPAC, 'cholesteryl ester' is wrong. It should be 'cholesterol ester'. The term cholesteryl should be used when referring to particular species only, e.g. cholesteryl hexadecenoate, cholesteryl palmitoleate, cholesteryl sapienate, etc. Thanks to the Lipid Web for that one.

September 28, 2017 - What is science policy? You ask me while you rivet into my pupil your pupil of blue. Science policy? And you're asking me? Science policy... it is not you, it is to forge out laws furtively in hidden rooms (with thanks to Gustavo Adolfo for the inspiration).

September 25, 2017 - "It is a pleasure to be able to quote lines to fit any occasion" (Abraham Lincoln, President of the U.S.). Fall 2017 group meeting schedule here.

September 20, 2017 - An unexpected role for ethanolamine plasmalogen hydrolysis in lipopolysaccharide priming of macrophages for enhanced arachidonic acid mobilization, coming soon to your local eicosanoid library (a.k.a Publications, there on the left hand side menu). By the way, this is going to be our first paper in an Open Access journal.

September 14, 2017  - Directorial Quotation #35: "There is no harm in repeating a good thing" (Plato, Greek philosopher).

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