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MLA Webinar: Precision Medicine: What Is It and Why Should I Care?

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

Join us at UMass Medical School for this engaging webinar on Precision Medicine.


  • Date/Time: Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m., eastern time
  • Length: 1.5 hour webinar


We are living in an era of amazing scientific progress. Advances in computing capabilities have decreased both the time and cost of sequencing genomes, resulting in the possibility of harnessing this technology to improve health and treat disease. There is a lot of talk about genomic medicine these days, but how much is hope and how much is hype? The Precision Medicine Initiative is underway in the United States. What is THAT about, and how does it relate to personal genomics and personalized medicine? Does pharmacogenomics have anything to do with this? And what exactly IS pharmacogenomics? This webinar will address these questions and provide an overview of the basic concepts and ethical concerns surrounding precision medicine. Participants will come away with information and resources they can use personally as well as professionally.


Carrie Iwema, AHIP, is in her ninth year as an information specialist in molecular biology for the Health Sciences Library System at the University of Pittsburgh. In this role, she provides bioinformatics support and training for researchers, helping them to access and use specialized analytical tools and databases. She is also a member of the data management team and teaches classes on how to craft a data management plan, which led to her receiving a secondary faculty appointment with the University of Pittsburgh’s Clinical and Translational Science Institute. Also, Iwema created and runs a workshop series, “How-To Talks by Postdocs,” that provides postdoctoral researchers an opportunity teach classes in the library. In addition to her library degree, Iwema has a doctorate in neuroscience and is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals. She is actively involved in MLA and is currently the chair-designate for the Continuing Education Committee as well as a member of the Joint Planning Committee for Mosaic ’16 in Toronto. She is specifically in charge of the lightning talks, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask her! Iwema has been teaching continuing education classes on genetics for librarians as well as personal genomics and personalized medicine since 2012.

Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Projects

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

You are invited to join us for our upcoming webinars in a four-part series on Planning & Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects.

Register on our training calendar.

Planning Outcomes-Based Outreach Projects
Tuesday, December 1st 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
Come learn how to connect activities to outcomes with a logic model. Participants will have a chance to share ideas for outreach to community partners and get feedback from others.

Collecting and Analyzing Evaluation Data
Thursday, January 14th 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine Outreach Evaluation Resource Center (OERC) leadership will go over the ins and outs of data collection methods. We will learn how to analyze data for quantitative methods and qualitative methods.

Health Information Outreach Project Planning and Evaluation Showcase
Tuesday, April 12th 10:30 – 11:30 AM ET
Share your completed worksheets and activities from the Planning and Evaluating Health Information Outreach Projects booklets. The showcase is open to all NER network members interested to learn more about getting started with community-based outreach, planning outcomes-based outreach projects, and collecting and analyzing evaluation data.

If you missed the first webinar and would like to view the recording, please contact Michelle Eberle at

If you participate in all four sessions of this project, you will receive 8 Medical Library Association Consumer Health Information Specialization credits.  You will only need 4 other credits to qualify for the MLA CHIS Level 1.

This project is led by Margot Malachowski (Baystate Health), Michelle Eberle (NN/LM NER), Cindy Olney (NN/LM OERC), and Karen Vargas (NN/LM OERC) and sponsored by the NN/LM Healthy Communities COI (Community of Interest).

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.


MLA Webinar : Data Visualization Skills and Tools for Librarians

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Join us in Worcester for this MLA Webinar (Data Visualization Skills & Tools for Librarians)

  • Length: 1.5 hour webinar
  • Date: Wednesday, October 28, 2015
  • Time: 2:00 p.m.-3:30 p.m. EST


Visualization can be a powerful and compelling way to convey information and to reveal complex patterns in data. Many libraries are beginning to explore how they can help their users develop skills in creating visualizations and provide services and tools for creating visualizations. This webinar will provide an introduction to best practices for creating visualizations, drawing on design theory and principles, visual perception, and the “Grammar of Graphics” framework for visualization. Viewers will also learn about how to select the right visualization tool or software for the job and where to learn more to expand their visualization tool box.

To make sure we have a large enough space please register at

Objectives: After viewing this webinar, attendees will understand how to:

  • convey complex data using visualization
  • use principles of design to create visually appealing and informative visualizations
  • create highly customized visualizations based on the “Grammar of Graphics”
  • identify tools and software that can be used to design a variety of different types of visualizations
  • plan to create a visualization service at their library
  • find resources to learn more about creating visualizations

Lisa Federer currently serves as research data informationist at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library, Bethesda, MD, where she provides training and support in the management, organization, and reuse of biomedical research data and is a colead for the NIH Library’s new Data Visualization Service. She is the author of several peer-reviewed articles and an e-book on new roles for librarians in supporting research and data management. A member of MLA since 2009, she has served the organization in a variety of capacities at the national and local level, including as a member of the MLA Futures Task Force (January 2013–October 2014), an MLA ’12 blog correspondent, and chair of the Plenary Speaker Committee for the Medical Library Group of Southern California and Arizona/Northern California and Nevada Medical Library Group 2013 Joint Meeting.


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