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Call for Proposals-2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference August 10-13 at UCLA

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

[guest post by Alan Carr]

The UCLA Library and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) are co-sponsoring the 2016 National Diversity in Libraries Conference (NDLC ’16) August 10-13, 2016, to be held on the UCLA campus, This 3.5-day national forum on the topic of diversity in the library and information science profession and related sectors will feature a full day event of pre-conference activities on August 10 focusing on issues of accessibility and universal design, keynote speakers, a variety of breakout sessions, exhibits, and posters, all highlighting the conference theme Bridges to Inclusion.


The call for proposals is now available on the NDLC ’16 web site, The proposal form will be available on October 23, with a submission deadline of November 30. More conference information will be added as it becomes available. Registration is expected to open around February 1, 2016. Rates will be very reasonable. Reasonably priced on-campus accommodations near the meeting site will also be available.

National Library of Medicine Informatics Lecture Series

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

Title: Use of Clinical Big Data to Inform Precision Medicine
Speaker: Joshua Denny, MD
Date: Wednesday, November 4, 2015
Time: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Location: Lister Hill Center Auditorium

Abstract: Precision medicine offers the promise of improved diagnosis and more effective, patient-specific therapies.  Typically, clinical research studies have been pursued by enrolling a cohort of willing participants in a town or region, and obtaining information and tissue samples from them.  At Vanderbilt, Dr. Denny and his team have linked phenotypic information from de-identified electronic health records (EHRs) to a DNA repository of nearly 200,000 samples, creating a ‘virtual’ cohort.  This approach allows study of genomic basis of disease and drug response using real-world clinical data. Finding the right information in the EHR can be challenging, but the combination of billing data, laboratory data, medication exposures, and natural language processing has enabled efficient study of genomic and pharmacogenomic phenotypes.  The Vanderbilt research team has put many of these discovered pharmacogenomic characteristics into practice through clinical decision support.  The EHR also enables the inverse experiment – starting with a genotype and discovering all the phenotypes with which it is associated – a phenome-wide association study (PheWAS).  PheWAS requires a densely-phenotyped population such as found in the EHR. Dr. Denny’s research team has used PheWAS to replicate more than 300 genotype-phenotype associations, characterize pleiotropy, and discover new associations.  They have also used PheWAS to identify characteristics within disease subtypes.

Brief Bio: Joshua Denny, MD is an Associate Professor in the Departments of Biomedical Informatics and Medicine at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A primary interest of his lab has been development of the PheWAS method applied to EHRs to rapidly uncover genetic pleiotropy and highlight potential drivers of genetic associations with endophenotypes.  He helps lead efforts for local and network pharmacogenetics implementation activities.  He is part of the NIH-supported Electronic Medical Records and Genomics (eMERGE) network, Pharmacogenomics Research Network (PGRN), and Implementing Genomics in Practice (IGNITE) networks. He is past recipient of the American Medical Informatics Association New Investigator Award, Homer Warner Award, and Vanderbilt Chancellor’s Award for Research. Dr. Denny remains active in clinical care and in teaching students. He is also a member of the National Library of Medicine Biomedical Library and Informatics Review Committee.

This talk will be broadcast live and archived at

Sign Language Interpreters will be provided.


Public Health and Public Libraries

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

 Librarians as Health Literacy First Responders

A webinar exploring health-related outreach, programming, training, and funding so that your library can improve the health literacy of your community.

Misinformation about health abounds in today’s info-glutted environment. What is the role of public libraries in addressing issues of accurate health information? Public libraries are uniquely positioned to contribute to healthy communities by providing informed access to reliable health information. This panel presentation provides an overview of the field of public health, highlighting innovative health promotion initiatives at public libraries, and covering training and funding resources for health-related library outreach and programming. Join the conversation about building your community’s health literacy.

Presented by:

  • Lydia N. Collins, Consumer Health Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region
  • Anita Kinney, Program Analyst, United States Access Board
  • Christian Minter, Nebraska/Education Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine, MidContinental Region

Tweet: #wjwebinar and #libs4health

To register and learn more about this webinar go to 

Stress and the Relaxation Response

Tuesday, October 6th, 2015

[Guest post by Siobhan Champ-Blackwell]

WHEN:  Thursday, October 8, 2015 at 1:30 PM ET

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE:  The Disaster Information Specialist monthly webinar is free and open to everyone – please spread the word and invite others in your organizations, send to your email lists, and post to your social media accounts.

TOPICS:  “Stress and the Relaxation Response”

Stress is a very common reaction to disasters and humanitarian crises. Disaster-related stress affects the local population as well as the professionals and volunteers responding to a disaster. Even in the absence of a disaster, over 60% of visits (for any reason) to health care professionals are caused or exacerbated by stress for which there is no effective pharmacologic or procedural therapy. This presentation will focus on a counter-stress capacity –  the relaxation response. Its elicitation effectively counteracts stress and is therapeutic for a multitude of stress-related disorders. The relaxation response will be defined historically and physiologically. Its genomic underpinnings as well as its dramatic impact on health care resource utilization will be described.


Herbert Benson, MD, Director Emeritus Benson-Henry Institute for Mind Body Medicine <> at Massachusetts General Hospital, Mind Body Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School; Manoj Bhasin, PhD, Director of Bioinformatics, Co-Director of Genomics, Proteomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology Center <>, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Assistant Professor of Medicine Harvard Medical School; James E. Stahl, MD, CM, MPH, Section Chief, General Internal Medicine Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Associate Professor of Medicine Geisel School of Medicine.


To join the meeting at 1:30 pm ET, Thursday, October 8, click on

Meeting number: 627 830 517
Meeting password: 1234


Or, if you are in the area you can attend the meeting in person at our offices at 6707 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda, MD, Suite 440. Park in the visitor’s parking lot (we will validate your parking), walk to the middle building (Democracy Two) and take the elevator to the 4th floor. Suite 440 is around the corner behind the elevators.


MORE INFORMATION:  For more information on this and past meetings, see

Guide to finding health information on Coping with Disasters, Violence and Traumatic Events,

Hope you can join us!

Siobhan Champ-Blackwell
301-496-2742, phone
301-480-3537, fax

Specialization in Disaster Information, Level II, Medical Library Association, completed 2012

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