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Exploring and Downloading Sequences and Annotations for Genomes and Metagenomes at the NCBI

Monday, October 27th, 2014

On November 5th, NCBI will have a webinar entitled “Exploring and Downloading Sequences and Annotations for Genomes and Metagenomes at the NCBI.” This presentation will introduce you to how NCBI processes genome-level data and produces annotation through the prokaryotic and eukaryotic genome annotation pipelines and show you how to access and download these data from the NCBI site.

You will learn to find, browse, and download genome-level data for your organism of interest and for environmental and organismal metagenomes using the BioProject and Assembly resources. In addition to assembled and annotated data, you will see how to retrieve and download draft whole genome shotgun and read-level next-gen sequencing data from the Nucleotide and Sequence Read Archive (SRA) databases. You will also see how to access results of precomputed analyses of genomes, as well as perform your own analyses of assembled and unassembled genomic data using NCBI’s genome BLAST and SRA-BLAST services.

See materials and video from previous webinars and descriptions of upcoming webinars on the NCBI Webinars page.

* Registration: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7154056329796392706
* NCBI Webinars: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/education/webinars/

NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course (Formerly Woods Hole)

Monday, October 27th, 2014

Georgia Regents University (GRU)  is pleased to open applications for the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics course.

The NLM Biomedical Informatics Course, now entering its 22nd year, offers participants a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics taught by experts in the field. NLM plans to take the skills shaped over the past two decades at MBL to its new colleagues at GRU.

The Spring 205 course is scheduled for April 12-18, 2015 and  the Fall 2015 course will be held September 27-October 3, 2015. The course will be held at a conference center in Young Harris, GA, frequently used by Georgia Regents University, at no cost to participants.

Application to the course is open to all, but space is limited. Preference will be given to American applicants who demonstrate, through a brief application letter, that they have the significant need for an understanding of the informatics solutions that are available to address their biomedical research, practice and education challenges and that, through their official position, they are significant “change agents” who can influence the adoption of best practices in their own environment and expand the influence of the course to others through teaching or by example.

Application information can be found at http://gru.edu/library/greenblatt/informaticscourse/apply.php

Course information can be found at http://gru.edu/library/greenblatt/informaticscourse/index.php

Application Deadline for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015: December 15, 2014, 8:00 AM EDT.

The course, co-directed by James J. Cimino, MD, Chief, Laboratory for Informatics Development at the National Library of Medicine and the NIH Clinical Center, and NLM Director Donald Lindberg, MD, will guide participants through topics including biomedical informatics methods, clinical informatics, big data and imaging, genomics, consumer health informatics, mathematical modeling, and telemedicine and telehealth.

The co-principal investigators from GRU are Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, PhD, Professor and Director of Libraries, and Kathy J. Davies, MLS, Chair, Research and Education Services, Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library.

GRU is one of four public comprehensive research institutions in the state of Georgia, home to the Medical College of Georgia and the state’s sole dental college. The University traces its roots to 1828, and in its present-day incarnation boasts nine colleges and schools with nearly 10,000 students.

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. NLM is the world’s largest medical library, with nearly 22 million items in its collection. A leader in information innovation, it is the developer of electronic information services used by scientists, health professionals and the public around the world.

Please contact Dr. Brenda Seago or Kathy Davies if you have any questions.

Dr. Brenda Seago

Principal Investigator
Professor and Director
GRU University Libraries
bseago@gru.edu

Kathy Davies
Project Leader
Chair, Research and Education Services
Robert B. Greenblatt, M.D. Library
kadavies@gru.edu

NLM Launches Web Collecting Initiative to Capture and Preserve Selected Ebola-Related Content

Monday, October 27th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a Web collecting initiative to capture and preserve selected born-digital content documenting the 2014 Ebola outbreak. This initiative is a part of its previously-announced Web content collecting effort, which is guided by the NLM Collection Development Manual and other strategic collecting efforts. Initiated on October 1, 2014, selected content related to the current Ebola outbreak includes Web sites and social media from Government and non-government organizations, journalists, healthcare workers, and scientists in the United States and around the world, with an aim to collect and preserve a diversity of perspectives on this unfolding health crisis.

The content is part of the NLM’s broader Web collection on “Global Health Events.” The NLM will continue to develop, review, describe, and add content to the collection, as it also expands its overall capacity to collect Web content. With this initiative NLM has taken a major new step in its mission to collect pertinent health care information of today for the benefit of research in the future. Increasingly, that information is found on the Web, which is a rapidly changing environment where valuable and interesting materials can surface and then quickly disappear!

NLM Releases RxClass Drug Class Application

Monday, October 27th, 2014

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/techbull/so14/so14_rxclass.html

Additional Ebola-Related Information

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Webinar: Ebola Preparedness for Healthcare Coalitions

Please join the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for a webinar for healthcare coalitions on Ebola preparedness. Please share this invite widely with your members.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

3:30 to 4:30 pm EDT

***Updated information on accessing this webinar is available at http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/coalitions-call.aspx.

The purpose of this webinar will be to review a Checklist for Healthcare Coalitions for Ebola Preparedness  developed by ASPR and CDC to highlight activities that all healthcare coalitions can take to prepare for the possibility of a patient exposed to Ebola arriving for medical care. The checklist provides practical and specific suggestions to ensure healthcare coalition members are able to detect possible Ebola cases, protect employees, and respond appropriately.

In addition, this webinar will provide an education training session for healthcare coalitions related to some of the key issues currently facing U.S. hospitals. Topics to be addressed include lessons learned from Dallas, an overview of updated personal protective equipment (PPE) recommendations, PPE considerations (including proper putting on, removal, and disposal of PPE), and considerations for managing staffing concerns.

An Inquiry Form has been developed for the purpose of obtaining questions that you would like us to address during this webinar. Please note that we will not be able to address all received questions during the webinar.

Please note that a video will be made available and placed at http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/Pages/coalitions-call.aspx for your reference.

****In an effort to maximize availability of call-in lines, please consider joining this webinar with multiple colleagues on one line.

 

From CDC: Tightened Guidance for U.S. Healthcare Workers on Personal Protective Equipment for Ebola

http://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2014/fs1020-ebola-personal-protective-equipment.html

 

Webinar: The Ebola Crisis: What it Means for West African and the World

Columbia University National Center for Disaster Preparedness

Monday, October 27th 1:00 – 5:00pm ET

This multi-disciplinary dialogue will focus on how best to curb the epidemic, understand its impacts, particularly in terms of bioethical and sustainability implications, and mitigate future high-fatality events.

http://ncdp.columbia.edu/microsite-page/ebola-in-perspective/ebola-conference-2014/

 

NLM Launches Web Collecting Initiative to Capture and Preserve Selected Ebola-Related Content

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) has launched a Web collecting initiative to capture and preserve selected born-digital content documenting the 2014 Ebola outbreak. Initiated on October 1, 2014, selected content related to the current Ebola outbreak includes Web sites and social media from government and non-government organizations, journalists, healthcare workers, and scientists in the United States and around the world, with an aim to collect and preserve a diversity of perspectives on this unfolding health crisis.

http://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/nlm_web_collecting_ebola_resources.html

 

Disaster Distress Hotline

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration provides access to the Disaster Distress Hotline 24/7, year round for crisis counseling and support. Stress, anxiety, and other depression-like symptoms are common reactions after any natural or human-caused disaster, and Ebola is no exception. If you are feeling overwhelmed due to this outbreak, call 1-800-985-5990 for assistance, which is available to anyone affected by the outbreak, including health workers and other responders.
http://disasterdistress.samhsa.gov/

Ebola Webinars and Resources

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Preparing Your Healthcare System for Ebola (Call with HHS)

HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

HHS Intergovernmental and External Affairs

 

Monday, October 20 / 1 – 2 PM (ET)

 

http://www.phe.gov/Preparedness/responders/ebola/call/Pages/default.aspx

Following the call, please check this page for a transcript and audio file of this call.

Hospital executives, emergency management directors and safety officers across the United States are invited to participate in a conference call with leaders from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on preparing healthcare systems to protect health and safety should an Ebola patient present at your facility.

 

Dial In Information:

Toll Free – 888-395-7964

Participant Code – 9622268

 

A live webstream of this call is available at http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=875793&s=1&k=1060AEB3C4A38A847A20460D9939A2AB

 

Approaches to Clinical Management for Patients with Ebola Treated in U.S. Hospitals

Date: Monday, October 20, 2014

Time: 2 – 3:30 pm (ET)

How to Participate: Registration is not required.

 

  • Join early.
  • Line opens 15 minutes before the live call.
  • When possible dial in as a group.
  • High interest call.
  • If lines reach capacity, access on demand a few days after the live call.

 

Participate by Phone:

  • 888-455-9766(U.S. Callers)
  • Passcode: 5076538

 

Participate by Live Audio Web Streaming: Listen only.

http://event.on24.com/r.htm?e=875715&s=1&k=4A077209650AA3FEE1E439AE88CEAF39

 

Access on Demand:

Call materials (audio and transcript) will be posted to the webpage a few days after the live call. http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2014/callinfo_102014.asp

 

Overview:

The 2014 Ebola epidemic is the largest in history, affecting multiple countries in West Africa. A small number of patients with Ebola virus disease (EVD) have been medically evacuated from West Africa to receive care in U.S. hospitals. The first imported case of Ebola was diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled from West Africa to Dallas, Texas and two secondary Ebola cases in healthcare workers have been identified as of October 14, 2014. CDC and our partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola by sharing information with clinicians who may provide care for patients with EVD. During this COCA Call, clinicians will learn the clinical features and complications associated with Ebola and recommendations from Emory University Hospital and the University of Nebraska Medical Center on clinical management of patients with EVD.

 

Presenter(s):

 

Tim Uyeki, MD, MPH, MPP

Clinical Team Lead

CDC Ebola Response

 

Diana Florescu, MD

Infectious Disease Specialist

Section on Infectious Diseases

University of Nebraska Medical Center

 

  1. Marshall Lyon III MD, MMSc

Associate Professor

Division of Infectious Diseases

Emory University School of Medicine

Webcast: Research Priorities to Inform Public Health and Medical Practice for Domestic Ebola Virus Disease (EVD): A Workshop

Institute of Medicine

Monday November 3rd / 8:30 am (ET)

An ad hoc committee, under the auspices of the Institute of Medicine in collaboration with the National Research Council will organize a one-day workshop that will explore potential research priorities arising as a result of the emergence of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the United States. The workshop will focus primarily on basic science and environmental health research issues of specific concern to affected and potentially affected U.S. communities

Information about the workshop: http://www.iom.edu/Activities/PublicHealth/EbolaTransmissionResearch/2014-NOV-03.aspx

Register for the In-Person Meeting or Webcast: http://www.surveygizmo.com/s3/1848424/Research-Priorities-for-Ebola-Workshop-Public-Registration

Journal Article: Ebola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of Medicine

Cynthia Love, Stacey Arnesen, Steven Phillips

This article, published in a special edition of “Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness” (DMPHP) journal, provides a review and summary of the information that the National Library of Medicine is providing in response to the 2014 Ebola Outbreak, including access to the published literature, “grey literature”, genetic variance, and social  media. The special edition on Ebola focuses providing operational and policy level information to improve outcomes and decision making for all providers preparing for and responding to the outbreak, and all  full text articles are free.

Ebola Outbreak Response: The Role of Information Resources and the National Library of Medicine: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=9387998&fulltextType=RA&fileId=S1935789314001086&specialArticle=Y

Find additional articles from the special edition: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displaySpecialArticle?jid=DMP&bespokeId=11228

Ebola Information and Resources for School Districts

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

We want to share information sent recently to an NIH Emergency Preparedness listserv that may interest those working in K-12 schools…

From: Emergency Public Health and Medical Partners [mailto:ESF-8-REG2-LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV] On Behalf Of Sloan, Nick
Sent: Friday, October 17, 2014 11:14 AM
To: ESF-8-REG2-LISTSERV@LIST.NIH.GOV
Subject: FW: EBOLA INFO AND RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Please share as you deem appropriate with your school districts around the country.

Nick Sloan, CEM, TEM, HEM, CHS-I

Director of Emergency Management

Environmental Safety & Emergency Management

Subject: EBOLA INFO AND RESOURCES FOR SCHOOL DISTRICTS

Ebola Information and Resources for School Districts

In an effort to keep districts informed so that they may respond to questions from concerned parents about the Ebola virus, we are sharing some resources provided by the Dallas Independent School District. The district hopes that the procedures and steps they took will be of assistance to other school districts should they have the unfortunate experience of having a school impacted by the virus.

Previously, we provided information from the Texas Department of State Health Services and the Centers for Disease Control that might also be useful.

NLM Associate Fellowship Program 2015

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is accepting applications for its Associate Fellowship program, a one-year training program for recent MLS graduates and librarians early in their career.

In the first half of the year, a formal curriculum offers exposure to library operations, research and development, intramural and extramural research, development and lifecycle of NLM’s web-based products and services and the extensive outreach and education program reaching consumers, special populations, health professionals and librarians. In the second half of the year, Associate Fellows have the opportunity to choose projects based on real-world problems proposed by library divisions and work with librarians and library staff over a six-seven month period. Successful projects have led to peer-review publications and to services that have become a regular part of library operations.

The September through August program also offers professional development and an introduction to the wider world of health sciences librarianship that may include:

  • Supported attendance at national professional conferences, often including the Medical Library Association’s annual meeting, the American Medical Informatics Association annual meeting and others
  • Additional brown bags, seminars, field trips and learning opportunities available on the National Institutes of Health campus
  • Opportunities to meet and interact with senior management at the National Library of Medicine
  • Experienced preceptors from National Library of Medicine staff
  • Potential to compete for a second year fellowship at a health sciences library in the United States

The Fellowship offers:

  • A stipend equivalent to a U.S. Civil Service salary at the GS-9 level ($52,146 in 2014)
  • Additional financial support for the purchase of health insurance
  • Some relocation funding

Who is eligible?
All U.S. and Canadian citizens who will have earned a MLS or equivalent degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited school by August 2015. Both recent graduates and librarians early in their career are welcome to apply. Priority is given to U.S. citizens.

Applications and additional information are available on the Web at www.nlm.nih.gov/about/training/associate/. Application deadline is February 5, 2015. Between 4 and 7 fellows will be selected for the program.

Feel free to contact Kathel Dunn, Associate Fellowship Program Coordinator at 301-435.4083 or kathel.dunn@nih.gov

Archives Available for Ebola Webinars

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

Visit each site to find the archives…

Preparing for Ebola: What U.S. Hospitals Can Learn From Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center / Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa has increased the possibility of patients traveling from the impacted countries to U.S. hospitals. A few patients with Ebola virus disease have been medically evacuated to receive care in U.S. hospitals. Recently, the first case of Ebola virus disease was diagnosed in the United States in a person who traveled to Dallas, Texas from West Africa; this patient passed away on October 8, 2014. CDC and partners are taking precautions to prevent the spread of Ebola within the United States. During this COCA Call, the presenters will focus on healthcare systems preparedness, and participants will learn how Emory Healthcare and Nebraska Medical Center prepared for patients with Ebola and the lessons learned. To help presenters communicate content that is most important to clinicians, please submit your questions before the call to coca@cdc.gov. Please note: the focus of this call will be healthcare systems preparedness, not clinical management of the patients with Ebola.

http://emergency.cdc.gov/coca/calls/2014/callinfo_101414.asp

Dean’s Symposium on Ebola: Crisis, Context and Response / Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health

The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health is hosting a symposium on the Ebola epidemic on Tuesday, October 14; the symposium will also be live streamed. Speakers will discuss the impact of the West Africa epidemic, current and future response, the status of vaccines and possible pharmacologic therapies, recommendations to prevent spread of the disease outside of West Africa, and other issues.

Agenda and more information: http://www.jhsph.edu/events/2014/ebola-forum/

Webcast link: http://www.jhsph.edu/events/2014/ebola-forum/webcast.html

Evolution of a Search: The Use of Dynamic Twitter Searches During Superstorm Sandy

Sunday, October 19th, 2014

PLOS: Currents: Disasters, September 26, 2014

This research article, co-authored by National Institutes of Health librarian Alicia Livinski, is an example of collaboration between a library and public health agency developing search strategies to organize and monitor the vast array of information sent out via Twitter during a disaster.

http://currents.plos.org/disasters/article/evolution-of-a-search-the-use-of-dynamic-twitter-searches-during-superstorm-sandy/