What is the National Network of Libraries of Medicine?

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), founded in 1836, is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is the world’s largest biomedical library and the developer of open access electronic information services that deliver trillions of bytes of data to millions of users every day.

These resources span numerous subject areas and disciplines including: biochemistry, HIV/AIDS, emergency and disaster medicine, drug therapy, epidemiology, genetics, geriatrics, molecular biology, pharmacology, toxicology, tropical medicine, women‘s health, consumer and patient health, and clinical trials. MedlinePlus, PubMed, ClinicalTrials.gov, and TOXNET are a few of the most popular resources. The NLM also manages and develops programs in an effort to eliminate disparities in accessing health information by providing community outreach support, training of health professionals to use NLM’s health information databases, and in times of disaster manage efforts to organize and disseminate health information.

To advance this mission, the NLM initiated the Regional Medical Library (RML) Program over 40 years ago, and today it’s known as the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM). The Network, comprised of eight regions, promotes and increases access to health information in urban, rural and frontier communities across the United States. With some 6,500-member institutions –including hospital, academic, school, and public libraries, public health, and community based organizations – the Network and its members provide health professionals, libraries and the general public with health information resources and services.

MCR outreach activities scheduled between May 1, 2016 and April 30, 2021. Sessions include site visits or training or demonstration of NLM resources.

The MidContinental Region (MCR) of NNLM includes Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Utah, and Wyoming. It is administered through the University of Utah’s Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, but each state in the region has a dedicated outreach coordinator. In addition to its focus on health information outreach, the MCR also concentrates on areas such as community and library engagement, education, research enterprise, rural health, and technology.

Since the inception of the RML Program, the Strauss Health Sciences Library has served as a Partner Library with the MCR. In this role the Library, through a cooperative agreement with Eccles, is able to fund a state outreach coordinator position. The coordinator travels to the four corners of Colorado to connect with community-based organizations, the public health workforce, clinical care settings, community members, and library staff – including those serving tribal communities – to conduct hands-on train the trainer sessions on health information resources pertinent to professional development and community members. They also provide online health information resources, present at conferences, and exhibit at events on behalf of NLM.

The Network could not exist without such library partnerships. Every community in each state has unique health information needs and it’s through NNLM’s field force of coordinators that needs are identified, partnerships and collaborations occur, and individuals access information to assist in making informed health decisions.

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Strauss Health Sciences Librarians Represent at MLA 2019

(L-R) Wladimir Labeikovsky, Lisa Traditi, Melissa DeSantis, Yumin Jiang, Nina McHale

The Strauss Health Sciences Library (HSL) is highly supportive of staff professional development opportunities and lifelong learning. The Medical Library Association (MLA) annual conference is one of the premier events for librarians and library staff from around the country to explore new ideas, learn new skills, share best practices, develop effective leadership skills, and explore service improvements in medical librarianship. The May 2019 conference was held in Chicago, Illinois.

Strauss HSL staff not only attend MLA, but present research papers and posters, and serve in leadership positions within MLA. In fact, Lisa Traditi (pictured second left) HSL’s Deputy Director is MLA’s incoming President-Elect. Congratulations, Lisa!

-Dana Abbey, Community Engagement Coordinator. Dana can be reached at dana.abbey@ucdenver.edu.

Public Library and K-12 Programming Raises Awareness of Health Information and Community Resources

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region (NNLM MCR) funded five creative public library and K-12 projects with a health information focus from May 2018 to January 2019.  The NNLM program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and is carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. The Strauss Health Sciences Library participates in this Program, serving as a Partner Library through a subcontract with the University of Utah.

The purpose of the funding was to bring attention to NLM consumer health information and raise community awareness of local health resources.

Public Library Projects

Project 1: Blue Hill Library in Blue Hill, Nebraska received funding to provide instruction on healthy cooking and nutrition for children and their parents. To date, nine classes have been held with 96 participants. Evaluations indicate that 100% of participants gained knowledge of health information resources to research healthy eating and nutrition information, and all were able to list food items that should be minimized in their diets (even the kiddos!), and ways to incorporate all recommended food groups into their eating habits.

Project 2: Independence Public Library in Independence, Nebraska received funding to provide programming on physical, mental, and financial health to underserved families in the library’s service area. Thus far, two workshops were held with 23 participants. 100% of participants indicated their awareness was raised regarding exercise and mental health issues and research resources because of the programming. 

Project 3: Summit County Library in Summit County, Utah received funding to raise awareness of skin cancer and provide resources for prevention. Utah leads the nation in incidences of skin cancer. To date, programming reached 60 people, with 80% responding their awareness was raised. 

K-12 Projects

Project 1: Maltman Memorial Library in Wood River, Nebraska, collaborated with Wood River Elementary School to provide after school programming for 100 students. The robust programming (23 sessions!) focused on healthy eating (understanding food labels, cooking classes) and exercise activities. The science teacher, Peggy Heise noted this programming supplemented the nutrition and fitness curriculum areas of making healthy decisions; eating well-balanced meals; nutritional properties of foods; benefits of physical activity; and balancing strength, endurance, and flexibility.

Project 2: Red Feather Lakes Community Library in Red Feather Lakes, Colorado, collaborated with Red Feather Lakes Elementary School to provide after school programming for 50 students and their family members on healthy eating and nutrition, integrating anatomical models (e.g., digestive system, muscles, and joints). Kasey Ross, 4th/5th grade teacher indicated this programming supported the elementary school’s curriculum involving applying knowledge and skills to engage in lifelong healthy eating. The school lacks science supplies and a functional kitchen, so this collaboration fills a big gap for the school.

For information on past funded NNLM projects.

For information on current funding NNLM opportunities.

– D. Abbey, Community Engagement Coordinator

Limited English Proficient and Consumer Health Information Resources

Many hospitals, clinics, community health centers, and voluntary organizations provide a broad range of health services to individuals with limited English proficiency (LEP). Numerous studies over the past 25 years have demonstrated a strong connection between language and health. Language can affect the accuracy of patient histories, the ability to engage in treatment decision-making, understanding a medical diagnosis or treatment, patient trust level with care providers, underuse of primary and preventative care, and lower use or misuse of medications. Culture also plays a significant role in health, healing and wellness belief systems – influencing how the patient and the care provider perceive illness, disease, and their causes.

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Consumer Outreach Librarians have curated reliable culturally and linguistically appropriate patient and consumer health information on their Consumer Health Information in Many Languages Resources page.  The intent of this resource is to provide one place for a rich variety of multi-language resources. One great feature is the “Search” the web sites on this page using the Customized Search Engine. It will search your terms in all the sites listed, except the dictionaries. It’s a quick way to locate relevant sources if you are not sure where to begin. Below are a few examples of some of the sites you might be directed to during your search:

Provides accurate, concise, and valuable health information in American Sign Language using health information created by the Centers for Disease Control and the National Institutes of Health. DeafHealth.org is a unique site, and while other sites offer American Sign Language (ASL) health information materials, it is the focus of their content. ASL interpreters sign the text that is provided with each entry. You can search for a disease or illness in the alpha listing; locate information on understanding a variety of tests, and a locator to find deaf friendly doctors in the community. One drawback to the site is that there is no date of addition/updating.

Cultural Competency Resources and Patient Education Materials for: Amharic, Chinese, Hmong, Karen, Khmer, Oromo, Somali, Spanish, Tigrinya, Vietnamese and more.

EthnoMed has been around since 1994. It is an ethnic medicine website containing medical and cultural information about immigrant and refugee groups. Information is specific to groups in the Seattle area, but is applicable to anyone working with the groups represented. The goal of the website is to make information about culture, language, health, illness and community resources directly accessible to health care providers who see patients from different ethnic groups. EthnoMed was designed as a quick reference tool to consult prior to meeting with a patient or client. For example, a clinician seeing a Cambodian asthma patient for the first time could find out if there are cultural and interpretive issues in the patient’s Cambodian community that might impact asthma management. The care provider could also download a patient education pamphlet in Khmer (Cambodian language) to give to the patient. The site also provides a calendar with significant religious holidays. This can help care providers understand when treatments or medications might need to be adjusted – for example Ramadan. It also offers a selection of print and audio resources for blind/low literacy populations.

Health Info Translations
Use the drop-down box to choose a language – including Chinese Simplified and Traditional, French, Japanese, Korean, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Ukrainian, Hindi, Vietnamese, and Arabic.

This site provides plain language health education resources for health care professionals and those working in communities with limited English proficient populations.  The site, which launched in 2005, is a collaboration of four health systems in Ohio, and has received many honors from professional organizations. The entries are developed from evidence-based research. Translators, editors and proofreaders are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in the field or specialty they are translating, if they are from outside the U.S., they must have a translation certification, and undergo linguistic testing and training. Documents are updated at least every four years, or as needed. Health Information Translations offers:

  • Resources that are searchable by keyword, health topic, language and multimedia resources.
  • 20 languages.
  • PDF format for easy downloading with Adobe Acrobat.
  • Culturally appropriate materials.
  • Materials translated by contracted translation service then back translated for accuracy.
  • Easy to read with the English version written at or below a 7th grade reading level using the Fry Formula for readability.
  • Dual language format: English and translated version will appear on adjoining pages, with matching page breaks (some foreign languages require more text than the English text).

In addition to specific health topics, you will find information on disaster preparedness, diagnostic tests, and hospital signage.

Find multilingual, multicultural health information and patient education materials about health conditions and wellness topics. Patients, family members and caregivers can learn about diseases, causes, symptoms, treatment, and prevention. Materials may be available as printable documents, audio, and video. Over 60 languages.

Health Translations Online Directory
This database contains links to government, hospital, community health center and other agency online multilingual resources in numerous languages. Brought to us from the Victorian Government down under, Health Translations Online Directory has over 100 languages. You can search for a PDF by a topic or by language. The site provides the ability to customize the popular “I Speak” poster for helping care providers identify the language spoken by their patient. For those working in health care or public health settings, the document can be designed to include the languages relevant to your community of practice. Each document has the date added and the date the page was last updated. Note: the PDFs are in the selected language, and do not provide dual English text.

La Leche League
Breastfeeding information in 16 languages. Le Leche’s mission is to help mothers worldwide to breastfeed through mother-to-mother support, encouragement, information, and education, and to promote a better understanding of breastfeeding as an important element in the healthy development of the baby and mother. You can find local support worldwide, but the information provided may only be in the language most commonly spoken in the country selected. If you hold your mouse over the language bar on the home page it will display in English.

MedlinePlus Health Information in Multiple Languages
Information in nearly 60 languages from the National Library of Medicine’s premier consumer health website. No list of authoritative health information websites would be complete without a visit to MedlinePlus, and they do not disappoint in the selection of language materials.  The medical encyclopedia contains a wealth of images, medical photographs and illustrations.  In addition, there are health and surgery videos.

Dana Abbey, Community Engagement Coordinator













Small Changes Can Make a Big Difference: Best Practices in Caring for LGBTQ Patients and Families

Members of the LGBTQ — lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer – community often face health disparities linked to social stigma, discrimination, and denial of civil and human rights. Data systems used to monitor LGBTQ populations and their health needs are sparse and healthcare environments have been slow to openly acknowledge this community.

Those who serve as health and staff educators have the power to drive effective changes to create a welcoming environment for LGBTQ patients, families, and caregivers.

Tips for creating an inclusive clinical setting:

  • Identify as an ally: Offer an online directory of health care providers and administrative staff who have self-identified as LGBTQ trained, allies and/or “out.”
  • Host a workshop: Human Resources and/or hospital Diversity Committees may offer workshops for staff on how to provide LGBTQ-sensitive care. The Safe Zone Project is a free online resource that can be used to create curriculums on LGBTQ awareness.
  • Offer visual cues: In outward-facing materials, such as health education resources and marketing campaigns use imagery of same sex couples and families. Post signage near restrooms that welcome use based on gender identity.
  • Collect data: Integrate sexual orientation and gender identity demographic questions into the electronic health record. Patients have the right to opt in or out of self-identifying.
  • Get patient’s preferred name and pronouns: During the registration or medical history process, ask the patient for their preferred name/pronoun and document it in the electronic health record (note that the name may not match insurance and identification documents).
  • Be sensitive when discussing relationships. When asking about relationships, use terms such as “unmarried partner” and “spouse.” Ask the gender of sexual partners as well as gynecologic history (many transgender men retain a cervix, uterus, and breast tissue).


-Dana Abbey, Community Engagement Coordinator

Workshop on Advancing Biomedical Research with AI and Machine Learning

NIH is excited to announce that registration is open for a full-day public workshop, “Harnessing Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to Advance Biomedical Research,” Monday, July 23, 2018, 8:45 a.m. – 4:40 p.m. at the Porter Neuroscience Research Center, Building 35 on the NIH Main Campus. To explore the opportunities for artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) in biomedical research, NIH will bring together leaders in innovation and science for a robust and in-depth discussion.

Presenters at the workshop include leading experts from Amazon and IBM, and scientists at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Stanford University, and the University of Cincinnati who are employing AI/ML in biomedical research settings. Craig Mundie, who served on the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and was formerly Microsoft’s Chief Research Strategy Officer, will deliver the keynote address. Speakers will engage with workshop participants on AI and ML topics such as integration into healthcare, future uses in biomedical research, the potential for enhancing clinical care and scientific discovery, and ethical considerations.

For additional details on the Workshop, Speakers and Agenda, please visit the workshop webpage.

To attend the Workshop, participants must register. Please note that space is limited.

The Workshop will be available and archived on Videocast: https://videocast.nih.gov/summary.asp?live=28053&bhcp=1

Embed the NCBI Sequence Viewer into Your Pages

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The newest video on the NCBI YouTube channel introduces the Sequence Viewer embedding API. A few quick examples illustrate how easy it is to embed Sequence Viewer into your own pages.

Sequence Viewer is a graphical view of sequences and color-coded annotations on regions of sequences stored in the Nucleotide and Protein databases.

Subscribe to the NCBI YouTube channel to receive alerts about new videos ranging from quick tips to full webinar presentations.

5 Questions you can answer using Gene

The Gene resource from NCBI is a central hub for accessing nearly all molecular and literature resources for a particular gene. You can easily answer the most common questions and perform the most common tasks by starting in Gene.

In this webinar you will learn about the structure and contents of the Gene resource and how to use Gene to answer the following questions about a gene:

  • Where is the gene located (chromosome and position) in the genome assembly?
  • What are the Reference genomic, transcript and protein sequences for the gene?
  • What variations are present in the gene and are they associated with disease?
  • In what tissues and under what conditions is the gene expressed?
  • What are the equivalent genes (homologs) in other species?


Peter Cooper and Bonnie Maidak, NCBI

Class Details:

Mar 9, 2017

1:00PM – 2:00PM ET

Registration: https://nnlm.gov/class/five-questions-you-can-answer-using-ncbi-gene-database/7094


NCBI Minute Webinar: Finding Gene, Protein and Chemical Names, Aliases and Synonyms on February 8, 2017

NCBI staff will discuss the systems in the NCBI Gene and PubChem resources that identify and correlate various names used for genes, proteins, and chemicals.

Date and time: February 8, 2017 10:00 AM MT

To register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6498213056303481858

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the Webinar. After the live presentation, the Webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page.

Beta Version of ClinicalTrials.gov Available for Testing

A new beta version of ClinicalTrials.gov is available for user testing. The test site can be accessed from a link on the homepage (see Figure 1) or directly at https://clinicaltrials.gov/beta/. The beta site will be available for at least one month to obtain feedback from the public. The new version of ClinicalTrials.gov was developed to provide new features to support searching for clinical studies.

ctgov_fig1Key features of the beta version include:

  • “Filters” for refining search results
  • “Show/Hide Columns” for customizing the display of search results
  • “Saved Studies” for storing and retrieving particular study records of interest

For more information, please visit the National Library of Medicine’s Technical Bulletin.

Visualize and Interpret Alignment Data with the Multiple Sequence Alignment Viewer

fig1-1fggy_retina_labels.pngThe NCBI Multiple Sequence Alignment Viewer (MSAV) is a versatile web application that helps you visualize and interpret MSAs for both nucleotide and amino acid sequences. You can display alignment data from many sources, and the viewer is easily embedded into your own web pages with customizable options. An even simpler way to use MSAV is to use their page, upload your data, and share the link to a fully functional viewer displaying your results. Click here for more information.

January 31st NCBI Minute: New version of E-utilities supports accession version

Next Tuesday, January 31, 2017, NCBI will present a short webinar that describes and demonstrates new functionality recently introduced to the E-utilities that supports sequence data retrieval.

Date and time: Tuesday, January 31, 2017 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM EST

Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7530877675754064131

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about attending the webinar. After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also learn about future webinars on this page.

NLM Webinar Series: “Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed”

Beginning February 21, 2017, the National Library of Medicine (NLM) will present the three-part Webinar series, “Insider’s Guide to Accessing NLM Data: EDirect for PubMed.”

This series of workshops will introduce new users to the basics of using EDirect to access exactly the PubMed data you need, in the format you need. Over the course of three 90-minute sessions, students will learn how to use EDirect commands in a Unix environment to access PubMed, design custom output formats, create basic data pipelines to get data quickly and efficiently, and develop simple strategies for solving real-world PubMed data-gathering challenges. No prior Unix knowledge is required; novice users are welcome!

This series of classes involves hands-on demonstrations and exercises, and we encourage students to follow along. Before registering for these classes, we strongly recommend that you:

  • Watch the first Insider’s Guide class “Welcome to E-utilities for PubMed” or be familiar with the basic concepts of APIs and E-utilities
  • Be familiar with structured XML data (basic syntax, elements, attributes, etc.)
  • Have access to a Unix command-line environment on your computer (see our Installing EDirect page for more information)
  • Install the EDirect software (see our Installing EDirect page for more information)

Due to the nature of this class, registration will be limited to 50 students per offering.

Registration is currently open for the February/March 2017 series:

  • Part 1: Getting PubMed Data, Tuesday, February 21, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
  • Part 2: Extracting Data from XML, Tuesday, February 28, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST
  • Part 3: Building Practical Solutions, Tuesday, March 7, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM EST

Students are expected to attend Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 in a single series.

To register, and for more information, visit: https://goo.gl/EBALrx.

BD2K Updates from NIH

BD2K New Announcements:

  • Revised Commons Credits Pilot Opportunity: NIH has partnered with the CMS Alliance to Modernize Healthcare (CAMH), operated by MITRE, to launch the Commons Credits Pilot. This program is designed to yield a more efficient and cost-effective means for extramurally-funded NIH grantees to gain access to cutting-edge computing power, storage, and analysis through vetted commercial cloud vendors with shorter application requirements and review times. Up to $6 million in total credits may be allocated to investigators, however, NIH expects that individual requests will not typically exceed $50,000. Three open submission cycles will occur before summer 2017. The first call for applications is open December 9, 2016 through January 9, 2017. Submit your application via the Commons Credits Portal. Successful applications should complement a procured NIH grant and will be evaluated for content, scientific contribution, and novelty. For additional information, see the attached .pdf flyer.
  • The ENIGMA Center hosted the international workshop “Big Data and the Human Brain,” December 13, at the Skoltech Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow, which presented how Big Data Science can help us better understand our brain. As part of the workshop, the two sides discussed the first ENIGMA Big Data Working Groups to be led from Russia on neurogenetic disorders in children as well as a joint Skoltech-ENIGMA Center to be inaugurated at Skoltech. For additional information, read the Press Release or the Full Proceedings (.pdf) available in English and Russian.

Active BD2K Opportunities:

  • NIH RFI: NOT-OD-17-015 “Strategies for NIH Data Management, Sharing, and Citation” seeks public comments on: 1) what, when, and how data should be managed and shared; and 2) setting standards for citing shared data and software. Complete instructions on how to comment can be found on the NIH OSP Website. Read the “Under the Poliscope” blog post: “The What and How of Data Sharing” by Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz, NIH Associate Director for Science Policy. The response deadline has been extended to January 19, 2017. For more information, contact: SciencePolicy@od.nih.gov or 301-496-9838.
  • MD2K Training Opportunity: The 2017 mHealth Training Institute at UCLA, August 6-11, 2017, is now accepting applications. This unique transdisciplinary incubator brings together researchers for a week-long, immersive “bootcamp” in all things related to mHealth. In addition to providing the participants with a core educational grounding in transdisciplinary perspectives and methodologies essential to mHealth innovation, the mHTI seeks to instill in participants the intrapersonal and interpersonal skills and connections necessary for cross-cutting research. Applications due January 29, 2017. For more information or to apply, visit: https://mhealth.md2k.org/mhealth-training-institute.

BD2K Events:

  • Public voting for the Open Science Prize is LIVE! We need your help to determine which of the finalist prototypes are the most novel and impactful. Your vote plays a critical role in determining which three of the six finalist teams will compete for a grand prize of $230,000. The winning prototype will be selected by the National Institutes of Health and the Wellcome Trust and publically announced in March 2017. Click here to review the prototypes. Voting runs from December 1, 2016, through 11:59pm PST on January 6, 2017. For additional information, please see the attached .pdf flyer or email: Elizabeth.Kittrie@nih.gov
  • Women in Data Science Workshop (co-hosted by Women Data Scientists DC, NIH, American Statistical Association, and Capital One), February 3, 2017, 10:30am – 5:30pm ET, at the Capital One McLean Conference Center. You are invited to a gathering of local (Maryland-DC-Virginia) data scientists for a day of technical talks, workshops, and networking. This event is free to attend and will be live streamed. For more information and to register, visit: https://sites.google.com/site/dcvamdregionalwids or see the attached .pdf flyer.
  • The BD2K Training Coordination Center (TCC) invites you to a weekly webinar series, “The BD2K Guide to the Fundamentals of Data Science,” Fridays, 12:00pm ET (9:00am PT). The Series will be streamed live, login/registration link is available on the BD2K TCC Webinars Page. Archived lectures are available on the TCC YouTube Channel. For additional information, contact John Van Horn at: jvanhorn@usc.edu

Data Science New Announcements:

  • HHS Town Hall Meeting, December 20, 3:30pm – 5:00pm ET, 5600 Fishers Lane, Pavilion A, Rockville, MD. Ambassador Deborah L. Birx M.D., U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy presents “Transforming PEPFAR through Data.” Ambassador Birx will discuss the achievements of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which remains the single largest commitment any country has ever made to address a single disease, and the use of data to monitor PEPFAR performance and enhance decision-making to ensure every dollar has the most impact. Participation is reserved for HHS/NIH employees and contractors. To register, visit: https://hhstownhall2016_ambbirx.eventbrite.co.uk. For additional information or to request special accommodations, please email: Lisa.Wagner@hhs.gov.
  • NIH Common Fund FOA: RFA-RM-17-001 “Novel Analytical Approaches for Metabolomics Data (R03).” The NIH Common Fund Metabolomics Program has released a funding opportunity to foster collaboration between computational scientists, metabolomics experts, and biomedical researchers in developing, piloting, and/or validating novel bioinformatic approaches that address current analytical hurdles in metabolomics data. Letter of Intent due January 14, 2017; applications due February 14, 2017.
  • NIH Common Fund FOA: RFA-RM-16-024 “Knowledge Management Center for Illuminating the Druggable Genome (U24).” The NIH Common Fund Illuminating the Druggable Genome (IDG) Program enables researchers to explore understudied proteins with the potential to be modified by medicines. The program plans to allocate $54 million to advance research through the development, broad dissemination, and use of community scientific resources to study human proteins for which publicly available information or active research is lacking. IDG aims to catalyze the discovery of novel biology, with a particular focus on understudied members of the protein kinase, ion channel, and non-olfactory G-protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) families. The program is administered by NIDDK, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and the National Cancer Institute. Letter of Intent due February 14, 2017; applications due March 14, 2017.
  • X-STEM Extreme STEM Symposium, presented by the U.S. Department of Defense, April 28, 2017, 9:30am – 3:00pm ET, at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Washington, DC. This educational event is for middle through high school students and features interactive presentations and workshops by an exclusive group of visionaries who aim to empower and inspire kids about careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Online registration opens January 2017.  Advance registration is required to attend X-STEM. Sign up on the Interest List to be notified when registration is available. For additional information, contact: nancy@usasciencefestival.org.

Data Science Opportunities:

  • The HHS Secretary’s Ventures Fund is looking for investments. Round 4 is now open and looking for HHS (and NIH) teams with proven, but still early-stage ideas that need support to get to the next level of implementation. Ventures provides growth-stage funding and support to HHS employees with innovative ideas for how to dramatically improve their Office, Agency, or the Department’s ability to carry out its mission. Extramural researchers may participate in collaboration with a designated FTE PI. Selected teams are given up to $100,000 and 15 months of coaching and technical support. Applications due December 20. Read more about previously awarded projects at: http://www.hhs.gov/idealab/ventures-fund/projects/. To apply, visit: http://www.hhs.gov/idealab/ventures-fund/eligibility/. For more information, contact Bonny Harbinger, Fund Manager, at Bonny.Harbinger@hhs.gov or 202-774-2303.
  • National Library of Medicine RFI: The National Library of Medicine is seeking key input from stakeholders for Request for Information (RFI): NOT-LM-17-002 “Strategic Plan for the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health.” Responses due January 9, 2017.
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative FOA for Standards: RFA-MH-17-256 – This FOA is aimed at funding short term projects to develop standards that describe experimental protocols that are being conducted as part of the BRAIN Initiative.  The funded data archives will be required to use these standards. Applications due January 10, 2017 and October 11, 2017.
  • The Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics (DCEG) of the National Cancer Institute (NCI) is recruiting a Chief Data Scientist in the Office of the Director, DCEG. For details, please reference the attached Word document. Interested individuals should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and bibliography, and three references to Catherine McClave, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute at: NCIChiefDataScientist@mail.nih.gov. Applications due January 13, 2017 for the first round of interviews, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled.
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative FOA for Data Archives: RFA-MH-17-255 – This FOA is aimed at funding web-accessible data archives to capture, store, and curate data related to BRAIN Initiative activities. Applications due January 17, 2017 and October 19, 2017.
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative FOA for Software Development: RFA-MH-17-257 – This FOA is aimed at developing informatics tools (or modifying existing tools) for analyzing, visualizing, and integrating data related to the BRAIN Initiative. Applications due January 19, 2017 and October 26, 2017.
  • NSF Funding Opportunity: Transdisciplinary Research In Principles Of Data Science (TRIPODS) https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505347 aims to bring together the statistics, mathematics, and theoretical computer science communities to develop the theoretical foundations of data science through integrated research and training activities. Letters of Intent due January 19, 2017; Full Proposals due March 15, 2017.
  • Call for Proposals: The International Society for Computational Biology’s 2017 European Conference on Computational Biology (ISMB/ECCB 2017), July 21-25 in Prague, is calling for Special Sessions proposals for emerging research. The Call for special sessions is open at: https://www.iscb.org/ismbeccb2017-submit/specialsessions. Submissions due January 19, 2017.
  • NIEHS FOA: RFA-ES-17-001 “Powering Research through Innovative Methods for Mixtures in Epidemiology (PRIME) (R01).” The purpose of this funding opportunity is to stimulate the development of innovative statistical, data science, or other quantitative approaches to studying the health effects of complex chemical mixtures in environmental epidemiology. Applications due February 22, 2017.
  • NIH BRAIN Initiative FOA: RFA-NS-17-018 – “BRAIN Initiative: Team-Research BRAIN Circuit Programs – TeamBCP (U19).” This program will support integrated, interdisciplinary collaborative research teams from prior BRAIN technology and/or integrated approaches teams, and/or new projects from the research community that focus on examining circuit functions related to behavior, using advanced and innovative technologies. Applications due March 1, 2017 and October 17, 2017.

Data Science Events:

  • Dr. Jon Gunderson of the Accessible Information Technology Group of the Rehabilitation Education Center at the University of Illinois has set up a series of monthly teleconferences to discuss open source web accessibility tools development. The meetings will be the first Thursday of the month at 2:00pm CT, but due to conferences some will be on the second Thursday. The next teleconference will be held on January 5, 2017 (first Thursday in January). Join the listserv here: https://lists.illinois.edu/lists/subscribe/oaa-tools-discussions. The group’s email address is oaa-tools-discussions-request@lists.illinois.edu. For additional information, contact Jon Gunderson at: jongund@illinois.edu.
  • Biomedical Data Science Hackathon hosted by NCBI, NLM, and NHGRI, January 9-11, 2017, at the National Library of Medicine on the NIH Main Campus, Bethesda, MD. For additional information, contact: ben.busby@nih.gov.
  • The NIH Data Science in Biomedicine Interest Group announces its first meeting, January 13, 2017, 1:30 – 3:00pm ET, Bldg 1, Wilson Hall, on the NIH Main Campus. The meeting will feature an introduction from Phil Bourne, NIH Associate Director of Data Science, and talks by NIH researchers working with machine learning techniques. The talks will be followed by a networking session and discussion of future activities for the group. No registration is required for in-person attendance. To attend via webinar, please register at http://bit.ly/2f2bpzE. For additional information, contact Lisa.Federer@nih.gov.

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