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Innovations for Healthy Living – Improving Population Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R43/R44)

This Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to develop a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes and in preventing disease and improving health. Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations.

 

NIMHD is committed to supporting a wide range of research aimed at the development of innovative diagnostics, treatments, and preventative strategies and making these products available and accessible to those individuals and communities bearing disproportionate burdens of illness. Technologies to address the unique challenges encountered in rural areas are of particular interest, including technologies to support healthy eating and active living, access and utilization of important government services and new scientific information and technologies that can help improve their quality of life; decrease food insecurity and decrease childhood obesity rates. Technologies to be developed may be new and innovative or they may arise from existing technologies that by redesign create increased and more attractive opportunities for health disparity populations to experience better health, improve their current health, prevent and treat disease, and maintain a long and healthy lifestyle.

 

Earliest Submission Date: June 23, 2015

Application Due Date: July 23, 2015

Learn more here: RFA-MD-15-009

 

Related funding opportunity: RFA-MD-15-008

Technologies for Improving Population Health and Eliminating Health Disparities (R41/R42)

New England Science Boot Camp

Registration is now open for the 2015 New England Science Boot Camp! For further information and to register, visit the Science Boot Camp 2015 Lib Guide.

This year’s Science Boot Camp will be held at Bowdoin College  June 17-19th. Now in its seventh year, Science Boot Camp provides a fun and casual setting where New England science faculty present educational sessions on their respective science domains to librarians.  Science topics for this year’s boot camp include Cognitive Neuroscience, Marine Science, and Ornithology. There will also be a special evening presentation, “History of Diabetes” on Wednesday, June 17th. The Capstone on Friday June 19th will feature a hands-on session, “Writing and Reviewing Data Management Plans.”

Prior to the official start of the boot camp program, Science Boot Campers can opt to take tours of the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and/or the George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections & Archives, on Wednesday morning June 17th. Science Boot Campers are also invited to participate in an optional tour of Bowdoin’s Coastal Studies Center Marine Lab on Orr’s Island on Friday afternoon after the conclusion of Science Boot Camp. (SBC registrants are required to indicate if they will participate in one or more of these activities on the SBC registration form.

Science Boot Camp provides librarians with valuable continuing education at a low cost, and offers three options for attendees–full registration with overnight lodging, commuter registration, or a one day registration option.

This year, Bowdoin College is offering an additional nights stays for Tuesday June 16th and/or Friday June 19th, at additional cost to campers. (Campers who would like to stay Tuesday and/or Friday evening will pay a separate fee and pay directly to Bowdoin College.) Getting to Bowdoin is easy by car, bus, or the Amtrak Downeaster train.  

 If you’ve never been to Science Boot Camp, visit the e-Science Portal’s Science Boot Camp page at  where you’ll find descriptions, links to past SBC LibGuides, and links to SBC videos!

 Looking forward to seeing you in Maine!

Donna Kafel, RN, MLIS
e-Science Program Coordinator
Lamar Soutter Library
University of Massachusetts Medical School

MedlinePlus Releases Responsive Design Site

[NLM Press Release]

Today, MedlinePlus (http://medlineplus.gov/) and MedlinePlus en español (http://medlineplus.gov/spanish) released a completely redesigned site with a fresh look and feel.

The new version of MedlinePlus and MedlinePlus en español uses responsive design for ease of use on any device, whether that is a desktop monitor or mobile touchscreen.  Responsive pages automatically change their layout to fit your screen.  See our announcement page for more details.

Because this latest release enables all users to access a layout of MedlinePlus.gov optimized for their device, there is no longer a need for the separate mobile (m.medlineplus.gov) sites.  These sites are now retired; visitors to them will be redirected to the new version of MedlinePlus.gov.

We invite you to try out MedlinePlus’s full responsive design on your smartphone, tablet or desktop at http://medlineplus.gov/ and http://medlineplus.gov/spanish .  Take a tour of the redesigned site at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/tour/tour.html (also available in Spanish).  Please send us your feedback and comments about the new design via the Contact Us link that appears on every MedlinePlus page.

 

Emergency Access Initiative for Nepal Earthquake

NLM Launches Emergency Access Initiative, Granting Free Access to Books and Journals for Healthcare Professionals Responding to Earthquake in Nepal

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Emergency Access Initiative (EAI) has been activated to support healthcare professionals working on the response to the earthquake in Nepal. If you know of a library or organization involved in healthcare efforts in response to the earthquake in Nepal, please let them know of this service.

The EAI is a collaborative partnership between NLM and participating publishers to provide free access to full-text from over 650 biomedical journals and over 4,000 reference books and online databases to healthcare professionals and libraries affected by disasters. It serves as a temporary collection replacement and/or supplement for libraries affected by disasters that need to continue to serve medical staff and affiliated users. It is also intended for medical personnel responding to the specified disaster. EAI is not an open access collection. It is only intended for those affected by the disaster or assisting the affected population. EAI was activated four times in the past, including following the earthquake and subsequent cholera epidemic in Haiti, flooding in Pakistan, the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.

NLM thanks the numerous participating publishers for their generous support of this initiative: American Academy of Pediatrics, American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Chemical Society, American College of Physicians, American Medical Association, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists, ASM Press, B.C. Decker, BMJ, Cambridge University Press, EBSCOHost, Elsevier, FA Davis, Mary Ann Liebert, Massachusetts Medical Society, McGraw-Hill, Merck Publishing, Oxford University Press, People’s Medical Publishing House, Springer, University of Chicago Press, Wiley and Wolters Kluwer.

Resources on Earthquakes

NLM has several other resources that will be helpful for people working on disaster response:

For questions regarding these resources, please e-mail custserv@nlm.nih.gov or call 1.888.346.3656 in the United States, or 301.594.5983 internationally.

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