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RFI for NIH-wide Strategic Plan

[Guest post:  NIH]

National Institutes of Health
Office of the Director
Bethesda, MD 20892

Date: July 21, 2015

Dear Colleague,

In order to advance the NIH mission, we are developing an NIH-wide Strategic Plan. The goal of this 5-year plan is to outline a vision for biomedical research that ultimately extends healthy life and reduces illness and disability. NIH senior leadership and staff have developed a proposed framework for the Strategic Plan that identifies areas of opportunity across all biomedicine and unifying principles to guide NIH’s support of the biomedical research enterprise. The aim is to pursue crosscutting areas of research that span NIH’s 27 Institutes, Centers, and Offices.

I invite you to review the framework in our Request for Information (RFI: and on the NIH website (, and to provide your feedback via the RFI submission site ( I encourage stakeholder organizations (e.g., patient advocacy groups, professional societies) to submit a single response reflective of the views of the organization/membership as a whole. We also will be hosting webinars to gather additional input. These webinars will be held in early to mid-August.

Your input is vital to ensuring that the NIH Strategic Plan positions biomedical research on a promising and visionary path. I appreciate your time and consideration in assisting us with this effort.


Lawrence A. Tabak, D.D.S., Ph.D.
Principal Deputy Director, NIH

PubMed tip: How to create a filter for citation status tags

As of March of this year PubMed removed the citation status tags while in the Summary Display option. Now, the tags can only be seen while in the Abstract or Abstract (text) options.

There is a workaround! You can choose or create filters that will always show on the right side of your results page by using your My NCBI account.

The MEDLINE filter is available in the Filters portlet within your My NCBI account. Once in the Filters portlet, click on Properties and then Subsets. You’ll find MEDLINE in the list.

New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum

Since 2009, the NN/LM NER funded New England e-Science Program, administered by the Lamar Soutter Library at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, has developed a suite of learning opportunities and resources to support librarians who are engaging in research data management services. One of its key initiatives, the New England Collaborative Data Management Curriculum (NECDMC), is used widely in the US and abroad, to teach data management best practices to students, researchers, and information professionals. The UMass Med e-Science team has conducted multiple “train-the-trainer” workshops and webinars on using the curriculum to the New England e-Science Community of Interest, medical librarians from the Mid-Atlantic region, the New England chapter of ACRL, an SLA CE class, and the DLF/CLIR e-research network.

Newcomers to NECDMC may initially find the depth of content in NECDMC’s seven modules and teaching cases a bit overwhelming. However, multiple pages with teaching guides and supplementary materials are included in the curriculum to help instructors select and customize relevant content for their local audiences. This supplementary content can be accessed on:

Got questions about NECDMC? Contact Donna Kafel, Project Coordinator for the UMass Med e-Science team, at

Webinar: Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) and the development of Collect SMART: Survey Management and Response Tools for assessing the health of your community

Association of Schools & Programs of Public Health

Tuesday, July 28th 3:00pm ET

Validated methods for assessing the health of one’s community before or after disasters is an important part of public health preparedness and response. Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) is a versatile data collection method that can be implemented to rapidly assess community health needs following a disaster or to assess community preparedness. This webinar will describe a collaborative effort between the CDC-funded UNC PERLC, a local health department in North Carolina, and preparedness staff in Texas that developed a pilot test of mobile data collection software and training materials.

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