National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D, announced today the selection of Philip E. Bourne, Ph.D., as the first permanent Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS). Dr. Bourne is expected to join the NIH in early 2014.
“Phil will lead an NIH-wide priority initiative to take better advantage of the exponential growth of biomedical research datasets, which is an area of critical importance to biomedical research. The era of ‘Big Data’ has arrived, and it is vital that the NIH play a major role in coordinating access to and analysis of many different data types that make up this revolution in biological information,” said Collins.
Dana Abbey, MLS
The newly released Project Tycho™ database has digitized the entire history of US infectious disease surveillance reports that have been published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report and precursor journals since 1888. Why you ask? The project hopes to advance the availability and use of public health data for science and policy.
Dana Abbey, Health Information Literacy Coordinator
The National Library of Medicine’s WISER for Windows 4.5 is now available. This new version of WISER fully integrates Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM) content and updates the Emergency Response Guidebook (ERG) content to 2012.
Here’s a closer look at what’s new in this release:
• Full integration of CHEMM content, which includes:
o New hospital provider and preparedness planner profiles, along with a customized home screen for all WISER profiles
o Acute care guidelines for six known mass casualty agents/agent classes
o The addition of a wealth of CHEMM reference material
o CHEMM Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST), a new help identify tool designed to diagnose the type of chemical exposure after a mass casualty incident
• ERG content is now updated to the 2012 release. This includes the full ERG 2012 tool.
WISER for Windows 4.5 can be downloaded directly from the WISER website.
Look for these exciting additions in the coming months:
• WebWISER 4.5, which includes CHEMM integration, ERG 2012 updates, and more
• WISER for Android 3.1, which adds Help Identify Chemical and protective distance mapping to this popular platform
Dana Abbey, MLS
Health Information Literacy Coordinator