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RFI: The Development of an Alzheimer’s Preclinical Efficacy Database

Monday, July 20th, 2015

Request for Information (RFI) on FedBizOpps: https://www.fbo.gov/index?s=opportunity&mode=form&id=86fdd4313f3bc1ecde69cad3536118ab&tab=core&_cview=0

 

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library propose to create a data repository, Alzheimer’s Preclinical Efficacy Database or AlzPED to mitigate the challenges of animal model studies and increase the translation of AD therapies to the clinic.  This database will contain information relating to the preclinical testing of candidate therapeutic agents in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) animal models.  More specifically, within the scope of this project the NIA is creating a web-based portal for housing, sharing and mining of data relating to the preclinical testing of therapeutic agents in AD animal models. This portal will house experimental details, designs and, analyses of both positive and negative data. The database will be broadly available to scientists from academic centers, industry, disease-focused foundations and the lay public.

 

Data will be gleaned from at least two sources; 1) the scientific literature; 2) directly from researchers.  It will be populated through a public submission form and through subject matter expert curation of relevant literature.  Content will include information on the animal models, study design, primary and secondary outcome measures, statistical plan, therapeutic agents (e.g., drugs, biologics), formulation, and route of administration, dose and duration of treatment, data analyses and results.

APHA Sewell Stipend Application Extension

Friday, July 17th, 2015

[Guest post by Helena M. VonVille]

This is a great opportunity to attend the American Public Health Association Annual Conference.

Calling all public health librarians or those who work in some capacity in public health—-

It’s not too late to submit—but it will be if you don’t get it in by MIDNIGHT CST JULY 22!

The Sewell Travel Award for Public Health (STAPH) Committee is accepting applications for 2015 Sewell Stipends. The deadline for submission is now July 22, 2015.

This year’s APHA meeting will take place in Chicago, IL from October 31 through November 4, 2015. The theme this year is Health in All Policies. For more information on the meeting see APHA’s website http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual

History and Purpose of the Sewell Fund

The late Dr. Winifred Sewell worked with several professional associations during her long career in medical and pharmacy librarianship/information technology. This led to her appreciation of the key role that librarians and information professionals can play in raising the quality of health care. Convinced that interacting with public health and pharmacy colleagues would forge a much deeper understanding of the users’ roles and needs, she established the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund, Inc. (The Fund) to provide financial support to librarians and information providers

Helena M. VonVille, MLS, MPH
Library Director
University of Texas School of Public Health Houston, TX Helena.M.VonVille@uth.tmc.edu
713-500-9131
713-500-9125 (fax)

“Let’s March Into May” Community Wellness Program

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

[Guest Post by Dawn Brown]march into may 2015 FACEBOOK BANNER

How do you get the community involved in a wellness program that centers around Libraries? That was our question last fall, as we created the “Let’s March Into May” Community Wellness Program.  Here at Springvale Public Library, we had created many ‘in house’ wellness programs for our employees and thought, why not convert this fun idea into a community wide program?  So we did.

With the help of a talented and highly valued volunteer, we brainstormed our initial idea into an actual game board.  We then invited our neighbors Goodall Memorial Library, Sanford-Springvale YMCA, Partners for Healthier Communities and Sanford Institution for Savings to join us.  There were many meetings and lots of enthusiasm for this out-of-the- box idea before it was launched on March 1st.

The program was in the form of a game in which participants completed various ‘healthy’ tasks listed that marched them through a game board.  Examples of tasks included:  going for walks, attending a Library program, exercising at the YMCA, checking out a cookbook from the Library, exploring  your roots at Ancestry.com and  16 other health-related tasks.  As each task was completed they were able to come into either Library and get their game board stamped and earn raffle tickets for donated prizes from local organizations.  Wild spaces also allowed participants to choose their own healthy option for the day.  The program ran from March 1st to May 11th.

We were thrilled to have 144 people sign up; the first 25 at each library received a pedometer.  During the 10 week program we had a steady stream of participants visiting the library.  We concluded the program with a “Celebrate Spring” event that featured a smoothie blender bike, various venders promoting health and wellness, a mini book sale, a local band and of course PRIZES for our participants.

Our goal was to raise awareness about the important role that Libraries play in the community and how they can offer many resources to achieve and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Where else can you go to check out books on wellness or exercise DVDs and attend an educational program?

Overall, we feel the program was a huge success and we’re planning on doing it again with a few tweaks.  It was a great collaboration with local organizations and the feedback from our community was tremendous and very positive.  A win-win for both Libraries and participants and most importantly, it was FUN!

By Dawn Brown,  Assistant Library Director

Springvale Public Library

Springvale, Maine

 

NLM Archivist History of Medicine Position Open

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

HMD has posted an announcement on USAJOBS (https://www.usajobs.gov/) for an archivist to coordinate the historic audio visuals program of the Images & Archives Section in the History of Medicine Division of NLM.  Images and Archives Section desires a public-service oriented leader who is a seasoned professional archivist or librarian experienced in film and video collections. Ideal candidates should also be proactive problem solvers who work well as part of a team and thrive in dynamic, changing environments. The historic audio visuals archivist is responsible for acquiring, cataloging, arranging, describing, reproducing, preserving, and providing reference, access, and outreach services for a collection of approximately 10,000 film and video titles. The successful candidate for this position will have extensive knowledge of archives and audiovisual materials.

All US citizens may apply on USAJobs using this link: https://my.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/410020300

Federal government employees and former Federal government employees who are Status Candidates (Merit Promotion and VEOA Eligibles) may apply on USAJobs using this link:   https://my.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/409193500

The announcement opened today, July 16th, and will close on Monday, July 20th.  The short time period reflects NLM’s effort to expedite the hiring of talented individuals and is not an indicator of a pre-selected candidate.

Please share the announcement with anyone you know who made be interested.  Questions about the announcement can be directed to

Lisa Stevens, Human Resources Specialist

Phone: (301)594-2239

Email: STEVENLI@MAIL.NIH.GOV

 

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