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Request for Applications: NLM Associate Fellowship Program for Librarians

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The National Library of Medicine Associate Fellowship Program is a one-year postgraduate training fellowship at the NLM in Bethesda, Maryland, with an optional second year program component. The program is designed to provide a broad foundation in health sciences information services, and to prepare librarians for future leadership roles in health sciences libraries and in health services research.

During the program, Associates will:

  • Learn about the collections, databases, terminologies, research and development, training, outreach, and exhibits that comprise the work and achievements of the National Library of Medicine
  • Understand strategic planning and development at a national level
  • Work on real-life projects that affect libraries and users throughout the country
  • Join a dynamic and successful cohort of alumni
  • Attend professional development conferences and seminars

The application for the 2016-2017 program year is February 12, 2016. Learn more about the program and how to apply by visiting:

National Library of Medicine Informatics Lecture Series: Use of Clinical Big Data to Inform Precision Medicine

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation to participate in this lecture should contact Ebony Hughes 301-451-8038 or the Federal Relay (1-800-877-8339).

Event contact: Jane Ye, Ph.D, Division of Extramural Programs, National Library of Medicine, NIH p. 301-594-4882

Recording Available: Beyond the SEA Webinar – November 18 – Inroads into Data: Getting Involved in Data at Your Institution

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

UPDATE: The recording for this webinar is currently available here: Later on this webinar will be available on YouTube. Details TBA.

UPDATE: To access Margaret’s slides, please visit her SlideShare Account:

UPDATE: To access Margaret’s notes for her slides, please visit:

Date/Time: Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Noon to 1:00pm (EST)

Presenter: Margaret Henderson, MLIS, AHIP, Associate Professor and Director of Research Data Management, Tompkins-McCaw Library for the Health Sciences, Virginia Commonwealth University.

Contact: For additional information or questions about this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator at

Summary: Every institution creates and uses data for many reasons. Data needs to be collected, described, stored, organized, retrieved, and shared, all things that librarians can help with. But how do you get started when there are many types of data and a range of services that can be offered? Margaret Henderson will talk about how to leverage the skills librarians already have to work with data and suggest some areas of data and service to get you started.

Presenter Bio: Margaret Henderson is Director of Research Data Management and Associate Professor, VCU Libraries. She is a Distinguished Member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and recently completed a graduate certificate in Biomedical Informatics from the Oregon Health and Sciences University. During the last 8 years at VCU, she has been Research and Education Librarian in the Tompkins-McCaw Library, and database manager for the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, School of Medicine, as well as a librarian consultant for Bon Secours Richmond Health System. Prior to moving to Virginia, Margaret was the Director of Libraries and Archives at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York.

Upon completion of the Beyond the SEA Webinar, each participant will receive 1 hour of continuing education credit awarded by the Medical Library Association. Certificates will be available electronically following completion of the online survey supplied at the end of the webinar.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

Go to this URL:

  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

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NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course Applications Now Being Accepted

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Applications are now being accepted for the 2016 National Library of Medicine (NLM) Georgia Biomedical Informatics Courses to be held April 3-9 and September 11-17 at Brasstown Valley Conference Center in Young Harris, Georgia. Applications will be accepted until December 7, 2015 at 8 a.m. All applicants will be notified by the end of January/early February of their application status.

Successful applicants will be asked for a commitment to attend the entire course and all sessions. Travel, hotel, and meals of all successful applicants will be paid for by Georgia Regents University (soon to be Augusta University) under our contract with NLM.

For more information and to apply for the course see

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Adrienne Hayes at

OHRP Announces Public Town Hall Meeting on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects NPRM

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

Public Town Hall Meeting on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects Notice of Proposed Rulemaking


OHRP Announces Public Town Hall Meeting on the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects NPRM

The Office for Human Research Protections (OHRP) in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), has announced a public Town Hall Meeting to respond to questions related to the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) that HHS and 15 other Federal Departments and Agencies published in the Federal Register on September 8, 2015 (80 FR No. 173, pp. 53933-54061). A copy of the Notice announcing the Town Hall Meeting was put on public display on October 6, 2015 by the Office of the Federal Register and can be accessed at:

The goal of the NPRM is to modernize, strengthen, and make more effective the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects that was promulgated as a Common Rule in 1991. The NPRM seeks comments on proposals to better protect human subjects involved in research, while facilitating valuable research and reducing burden, delay, and ambiguity for investigators. To be assured consideration, comments on the NPRM must be received no later than December 7, 2015.

The purpose of the public Town Hall meeting is for OHRP, HHS agencies, and other Common Rule departments and agencies to provide responses to questions from the public about the NPRM in order to clarify the NPRM proposals and better inform public comment on the NPRM. The public will be able to ask questions during the Town Hall Meeting, and to submit questions before the meeting.

The public Town Hall Meeting will be held on October 20, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., in the Hubert H. Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave., SW, Great Hall, Washington, DC 20201. The closest metro subway location is the Federal Center SW station. The public also may view the meeting via webcast.

Format of the Town Hall Meeting: The meeting will be conducted by a panel of HHS officials. In addition, other Federal Government officials will be available to respond to relevant questions. The majority of the meeting will be reserved for responding to questions from the public, including questions submitted in advance of the meeting and during the meeting. Depending on the nature and number of questions received in advance of the meeting, it may not be possible to respond to all of the questions that were submitted, or to respond individually to each of the submitted questions.

Deadline for Registration to Attend the Town Hall Meeting and Special Accommodation Requests: The deadline to register to attend the town hall meeting and requests for special accommodations must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 13, 2015.

Deadline for Submission of Questions Prior to the Town Hall Meeting: Written or electronically submitted questions about the NPRM must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on October 13, 2015, in order to be responded to at the Town Hall Meeting. See below for additional information on how to submit questions prior to the Town Hall Meeting.

Registration and Special Accommodations: While there is no registration fee, individuals planning to attend the public Town Hall Meeting in person must register to attend. Registration may be completed by sending an email to, with the subject line “Registration for OHRP Town Hall Meeting,” or a request to register may be sent to: Registration for OHRP Town Hall Meeting, Office for Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200; Rockville, MD 20852. Please include your name, address, telephone number, email address and fax number.

Registration to attend the Town Hall Meeting will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. If seating capacity has been reached, you will be notified that the meeting has reached capacity.

How to Submit Questions Prior to the Town Hall Meeting: Submit electronic questions about the NPRM, identified with docket number HHS-OPHS-2015-0009, to: Submit written questions about the NPRM to: Questions for OHRP Public Town Hall Meeting, Office for Human Research Protections, Department of Health and Human Services, 1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 200, Rockville, MD 20852.

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

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