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NCBI Webinar: “Accessing 1000 Genomes Project Data”

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

Adapted from the NLM Tech Bull. 2015 Nov-Dec;(407):b9.

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NCBI Webinar: “Accessing 1000 Genomes Project Data” on December 17, 2015

December 17, 2015, NCBI staff will demonstrate how to access 1000 Genomes data through SRA, dbVar, SNP and BioProject, as well as through tracks on annotated human sequences in the graphical sequence viewer and Variation Viewer. Attendees will also learn how to display, search, and download individual and genotype level data through the dedicated 1000 Genomes Browser that allows searching by chromosomal position, gene names and other genome markers.

Date and Time: December 17, 2015 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m. MT; 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. CST
Registration URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5168155820927556866

After the live presentation, the Webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. Any related materials will be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page; you can also find information about future Webinars on this page.

Special NHGRI Seminar Series: “A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project’s Launch: Lessons beyond the Base Pairs”

Tuesday, December 1st, 2015

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI)

The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) was established originally as the National Center for Human Genome Research in 1989 to lead the International Human Genome Project. NHGRI is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s medical research agency (http://www.nih.gov/about/). The Human Genome Project, which had as its primary goal the sequencing of the 3 billion DNA letters that make up the human genetic instruction book, was successfully completed in April 2003. Launched in 2012, the NHGRI History of Genomics Program aims to collect and organize historic materials related to the field of genomics and NHGRI as an organization. Efforts include digitization of relevant assets and database development, generation of oral histories chronicling the experiences of genomics leaders and NHGRI staff, production of scholarly work related to major genomics accomplishments, and expansion of the general knowledge about the history of genomics among the scholarly community and the general public. Efforts include digitization of relevant assets and database development, generation of oral histories chronicling the experiences of genomics leaders and NHGRI staff, production of scholarly work related to major genomics accomplishments, and expansion of the general knowledge about the history of genomics among the scholarly community and the general public.

SPEAKERS:

Francis Collins, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Institutes of Health. Elke Jordan, Ph.D., Former Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute. Mark Guyer, Ph.D., Former Deputy Director, National Human Genome Research Institute. Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D., Director, National Human Genome Research Institute. TITLE:  “A Quarter Century after the Human Genome Project’s Launch:  Lessons Beyond the Base Pairs” DATE:  Thursday, December 3, 2015 TIME:  2:00-3:00 p.m. EST LOCATION:  National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, Building 10, Lipsett Amphitheater SPONSOR:  NHGRI History of Genomics Program 

The NHGRI History of Genomics Program: An Archival and Scholarly Initiative

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 “Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute”

MedlinePlus Connect: Linking Patient Portals and Electronic Health Records (EHRs) to Consumer Health Information

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

MedlinePlus Connect https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/overview.html is a free service of the National Library of Medicine (NLM)https://www.nlm.nih.gov/, National Institutes of Health (NIH)http://www.nih.gov/ , and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services  (HHS) http://www.hhs.gov/ that links patient portals, patient health record (PHR) systems, and electronic health record (EHR) systems with IT and health providers which provide relevant, authoritative patient health information from MedlinePlus.gov https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/  at the point of need.

MedlinePlus Connect Quick Facts

Resources and News

More Information

Find out more details about how MedlinePlus Connect works https://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/connect/howitworks.html, what codes it accepts, and what it looks like within an electronic health record or patient health portal.

NCBI to hold three-day genomics hackathon in January

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Shared from NCBI:

From January 4th to 6th, NCBI will host a genomics hackathon focusing on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data. This event is for students, postdocs and investigators already engaged in the use of pipelines for genomic analyses from next generation sequencing data.* Working groups of 5-6 individuals will be formed for twelve teams, in the following sections: Network Analysis of Variants, Structural Variation, RNA-Seq, Streaming Data and Metadata, and Neuroscience/Immunity. The working groups will build pipelines to analyze large datasets within a cloud infrastructure. Please see the application for specific team projects.

* Specific projects are available to other developers or mathematicians.

Organization:

After a brief organizational session, teams will spend three days analyzing a challenging set of scientific problems related to a group of datasets. Participants will analyze and combine datasets in order to work on these problems. This course will take place at the National Library of Medicine on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Datasets:

Datasets will come from the public repositories housed at NCBI. During the course, participants will have an opportunity to include other datasets and tools for analysis. Please note, if you use your own data during the course, we ask that you submit it to a public database within six months of the end of the hackathon.

Products:

All pipelines and other scripts, software and programs generated in this course will be added to a public GitHub repository designed for that purpose.  A manuscript outlining the design of the hackathon and describing participant processes, products and scientific outcomes will be submitted to an appropriate journal.

Application:

To apply, complete this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1cjTUDLcfVcioWJkjc47tna5Ex-zbmOpSgFE96B5wuPE/viewform (approximately 10 minutes to complete).

Applications are due December 1 by 5 pm ET. Participants will be selected from a pool of applicants; prior students and prior applicants will be given priority in the event of a tie. Please note: applicants are judged based on the motivation and experience outlined in the form itself.  Accepted applicants will be notified on December 4th by 2 pm ET, and have until December7 at 5 pm to confirm their participation. Please include a monitored email address, in case there are follow-up questions.

Note: Participants will need to bring their own laptop to this program. A working knowledge of scripting (e.g., Shell, Python) is necessary to be successful in this event. Employment of higher level scripting or programming languages may also be useful. Applicants must be willing to commit to all three days of the event.  No financial support for travel, lodging or meals can be provided for this event.  Also note that the course may extend into the evening hours on Monday and/or Tuesday. Please make any necessary arrangements to accommodate this possibility.

Please contact ben.busby@nih.gov with any questions.

Louisiana Resource Libraries: Mid-year Highlights

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Our three Louisiana Resource Libraries have been very productive throughout the midpoint of the 2015-2016 contract year.

Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, New Orleans Libraries

  • Carolyn Bridgewater, Reference / Outreach Librarian conducted a demonstration at St. Landry United Methodist Church’s Mini-Health and Wellness Resource Fair on  “NLM’s Resources for Seniors” highlighting:  MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth, and a Gallery of Mobile Apps & Sites.
  • Librarians viewed MLA’s Webcast  “Understanding Qualitative Research: Exploring the Motivations of Patients and Clinicians Webinar” lead by:   Connie Schardt, AHIP, FMLA adjunct faculty at the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill, exhibited at: Louisiana Rural Health Association (LRHA), Louisiana Association of Student Nurses (LASN), Fletcher Technical Community College’s Benefits & Health Fair and the International Conference on Communication in Healthcare (ICCH)

Louisiana State University Shreveport Health Sciences Library

  • Conducted a class entitled:  “Where to Find It: Online Health Information” for physicians seeking information on evidence-based resources and reliable consumer health resources for their patients. The resources highlighted were DynaMed, healthelinkswww.healthelinks.org/about.html , and MedlinePlus, CME credit was provided.
  • Librarians staffed the Bossier Parish Central Library Fall Festival and promoted NLM resources.
  • Librarians conducted a BioStart Library Orientation at LSU Health Center in Shreveport. The Librarians conducted an orientation which included demonstrations of healthelinks, MedlinePlus, PubMed, Genetics, Home Reference, and ClinicalTrials.gov. The librarians also gave the students a lesson on DNA replication with the “DNA Double Helix” game on MedlinePlus.

Rudolph Matas Library of the Health Sciences-Tulane University 

  •  Conducted a Health Equity training through Health Literacy Training at the Common Ground Health Clinic (CGHC).
  •  Conducted a MedlinePlus class for public librarians at New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) and Algiers Regional Branch Public Library.
  •  Trained seniors to use MedlinePlus, NIHSeniorHealth and other online NLM resources at Rosa Keller Library for senior citizens living in the New Orleans Broadmoor neighborhood utilizing iPads and desktop computers.

Kudos to our Resource Libraries for their superb outreach efforts keep up the good work.

NCBI to Hold Three-Day Genomics Hackathon in January

Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Reposted from NCBI News http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/news/11-13-2015-january-genomics-hackathon/

From January 4th to 6th, NCBI will host a genomics hackathon focusing on advanced bioinformatics analysis of next generation sequencing data. This event is for students, postdocs and investigators already engaged in the use of pipelines for genomic analyses from next generation sequencing data.* Working groups of 5-6 individuals will be formed for twelve teams, in the following sections: Network Analysis of Variants, Structural Variation, RNA-Seq, Streaming Data and Metadata, and Neuroscience/Immunity. The working groups will build pipelines to analyze large datasets within a cloud infrastructure. Please see the application for specific team projects.

* Specific projects are available to other developers or mathematicians.

Organization

After a brief organizational session, teams will spend three days analyzing a challenging set of scientific problems related to a group of datasets. Participants will analyze and combine datasets in order to work on these problems. This course will take place at the National Library of Medicine on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, Maryland.

Datasets

Datasets will come from the public repositories housed at NCBI. During the course, participants will have an opportunity to include other datasets and tools for analysis. Please note, if you use your own data during the course, we ask that you submit it to a public database within six months of the end of the hackathon.

Products

All pipelines and other scripts, software and programs generated in this course will be added to a public GitHub repository designed for that purpose. A manuscript outlining the design of the hackathon and describing participant processes, products and scientific outcomes will be submitted to an appropriate journal.

Application

To apply, complete this form (approximately 10 minutes to complete). Applications are due by 5pm ET on December 1. Participants will be selected from a pool of applicants; prior students and prior applicants will be given priority in the event of a tie. Please note: applicants are judged based on the motivation and experience outlined in the form itself.

Accepted applicants will be notified on December 4th by 2 pm ET, and have until 5pm on December 7 to confirm their participation. Please include a monitored email address, in case there are follow-up questions.

Note: Participants will need to bring their own laptop to this program. A working knowledge of scripting (e.g., Shell, Python) is necessary to be successful in this event. Employment of higher level scripting or programming languages may also be useful. Applicants must be willing to commit to all three days of the event. No financial support for travel, lodging or meals can be provided for this event. Also note that the course may extend into the evening hours on Monday and/or Tuesday. Please make any necessary arrangements to accommodate this possibility.

Please contact ben.busby@nih.gov with any questions.

 

Job Ad: Library Services Coordinator

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

The Edwin G. Schwarz Health Sciences Library at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth, Texas invites applications for a Library Services Coordinator. The mission of the Edwin G. Schwarz Health Sciences Library is to actively support all aspects of patient care, clinical research and education, by providing timely and relevant information and resources to medical and healthcare system staff, patients and their families, students and the community.

The Library Services Coordinator position is the frontline person responsible for the day-to-day administrative aspects of the health sciences library, including all aspects of circulation, technology assistance and interlibrary loan activities. This position is responsible for reports and statistics for the library director. Provides support to the family health and patient libraries and health literacy service lines.  Establishes and maintains a positive relationship with Cook Children’s medical staff and departments, medical students, nurse residents and all staff.

QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Master’s degree in library services from an American Library Association accredited program required.
  • Position requires at least 3 years of experience in a healthcare library.
  • Experience in the field of health literacy and consumer health information.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills.

Please apply online at http://www.cookchildrens.org/Careers/positions/Pages/default.aspx

NIH Image Gallery on Flickr

Tuesday, November 10th, 2015

Adapted from DigitalGov:

Looking for health or science related images? The National Institutes of Health (NIH) recently launched the NIH Image Gallery on Flickr.

The Image Gallery offers a wide variety of scientific, biomedical and disease related imagery as well as photos of NIH leadership, labs, buildings and major historical events. Additionally, you can find NIH infographics, b-roll, and the latest research images.

The Flickr site was developed as a means to distribute images to the press and public while ensuring proper license, permissions and copyright protections are documented. The majority of the images offered are free to reuse with proper credit given.

For more information please see this article from Digital Gov – http://www.digitalgov.gov/2015/11/04/nih-image-gallery-now-on-flickr/

Open Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act (ACA): Nov. 1

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

If you have no health insurance through an employer, your chance to shop for  2016 healthcare coverage began Nov. 1, 2015. We are now in the open enrollment period for your coverage to start as early as Jan. 1, 2016.

Some resources for you to explore that may assist you in this process, or that you can use to assist your clients, are:

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NCBI Webinar: “PubMed for Scientists”

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

On November 12th, 2015, NCBI will present “PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed for Scientists”, a webinar that will show you how to search biomedical literature more efficiently with PubMed. NCBI staff will teach you how to search by author, explore a subject, use filters to narrow your search, find full text articles, and set up an e-mail alert for new research on your topic. Also, NCBI staff will answer your questions about searching PubMed.

Date and time: Thursday, November 12, 2015, 11:30-12:30am CST, 12:30-1:30pm EST

Registration URL:  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5594790520765285889

After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/user/NCBINLM

The webinar and any materials will also be accessible on the Webinars and Courses page by clicking the Archived Webinars & Courses tab. You can also check the Webinars & Courses page to find information about future webinars.

NCBI Webinars and Courses:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/home/coursesandwebinars.shtml