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Tox Town Updates the Farm!

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Looking for possible environmental health risks in a typical farm? Need information on agricultural runoff, feeding operations or barns and silos?  If so, check out the newly updated Tox Town Farm. The Farm joins previously updated City, Town and Southwest scenes with an updated, photorealistic look to allow users to better identify with real-life city locations. Each scene was also moved from Flash to HTML 5 platform, so it can be viewed on a variety of personal electronic devices, including Ipads, Ipad minis, and tablets. All location and chemical information remains the same.  

Regardless of where you live, you will definitely want to visit the updated Farm for environmental health risks, down on the Farm.

Tox Town Farm

NIH appoints Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., to lead the National Library of Medicine

Wednesday, May 11th, 2016

Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D.National Institutes of Health Director Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D., today named Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D., as director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). The NLM is the world’s largest biomedical library and the producer of digital information services used by scientists, health professionals and members of the public worldwide. Dr. Brennan is expected to begin her new role in August 2016.

“Patti brings her incredible experience of having cared for patients as a practicing nurse, improved the lives of home-bound patients by developing innovative information systems and services designed to increase their independence, and pursued cutting-edge research in data visualization and virtual reality,” said Dr. Collins. “This combination of skills makes her ideally suited to lead the NLM in the era of precision medicine, as the library becomes the epicenter for biomedical data science, not just at NIH, but across the biomedical research enterprise.”

Dr. Brennan comes to NIH from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she is the Lillian L. Moehlman Bascom Professor at the School of Nursing and College of Engineering. She also leads the Living Environments Laboratory at the Wisconsin Institutes for Discovery that develops new ways for effective visualization of high dimensional data.

Dr. Brennan has been a pioneer in the development of information systems for patients. She developed ComputerLink, an electronic network designed to reduce isolation and improve self-care among home care patients. She directed HeartCare, a web-based information and communication service that helps home-dwelling cardiac patients recover faster, and with fewer symptoms. She also directed Project HealthDesign, an initiative designed to stimulate the next generation of personal health records. Dr. Brennan also conducts external evaluations of health information technology architectures, and works to repurpose engineering methods for health care.

She received a master of science in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in industrial engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Following seven years of clinical practice in critical care nursing and psychiatric nursing, Dr. Brennan held several academic positions at Marquette University, Milwaukee; Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland; and the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

A past president of the American Medical Informatics Association, Dr. Brennan was elected to the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine) in 2001. She is a fellow of the American Academy of Nursing, the American College of Medical Informatics, and the New York Academy of Medicine.

“I’d like to recognize and thank NLM Acting Director Betsy L. Humphreys for her exemplary and dedicated service leading the NLM over the past year,” said Dr. Collins.

About the National Library of Medicine (NLM): The world’s largest biomedical library, NLM maintains and makes available a vast print collection and produces electronic information resources on a wide range of topics that are searched billions of times each year by millions of people around the globe. It also supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. Additional information is available at www.nlm.nih.gov.

About the National Institutes of Health (NIH): NIH, the nation’s medical research agency, includes 27 Institutes and Centers and is a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIH is the primary federal agency conducting and supporting basic, clinical, and translational medical research, and is investigating the causes, treatments, and cures for both common and rare diseases. For more information about NIH and its programs, visit www.nih.gov.

Funding Opportunity Announcement: Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) – Mentored Career Development

Thursday, May 5th, 2016

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative (BD2K,) announced the release of two companion RFAs for training in biomedical big data science:

  • RFA-ES-16-002: BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science (K01)
  • RFA-ES-16-003: BD2K Mentored Career Development Award in Biomedical Big Data Science for Intramural Investigators (K22)

These opportunities target researchers who aim to develop new Big Data technologies, methods, and tools.  It is anticipated that, by the end of the award period, the awardee will have acquired breadth across three major scientific areas: (1) computer science or informatics, (2) statistics and mathematics, and (3) biomedical science; in addition, the awardee should have acquired depth in areas of specialty necessary for developing new methods, technologies, or tools.

The receipt deadline for applications is August 1, 2016.

BD2K is a trans-NIH initiative that aims to support advances in data science, other quantitative sciences, policy, and training that are needed for the effective use of big data in biomedical research. Interested applicants are encouraged to join the BD2K listserv (Please share this opportunity with your interested scientific communities.)

If you have questions, please contact Carol Shreffler at BD2KTraining@mail.nih.gov.

May NIH News in Health Now Available

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

NIH News in Health: A monthly newsletter from the National Institutes of Health, part of the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services

 

 

 

 

Check out the May issue of NIH News in Health, the monthly newsletter bringing you practical health news and tips based on the latest NIH research: To search for more trusted health information from NIH, bookmark http://health.nih.gov

 

 

Sex and Gender
How Being Male or Female Can Affect Your Health
Men and women are similar in many ways, but sex and social factors can affect your risk for disease, your response to medications, and how often you seek medical care. Read more about sex, gender, and health.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Going Gluten Free?
Necessary for Some, Optional for Others
A gluten-free diet can be a lifestyle choice for many. But for those with a condition known as celiac disease, it’s a medical necessity. Read more about gluten and celiac disease.

 

 

 

 

 

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NLM Announces Reissuance of Career Development Award in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (K01)

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Career Development Award in Biomedical Informatics (K01) is intended to provide support for promising junior investigators as they launch their research careers in biomedical informatics research and data science. NLM supports research career development in healthcare/clinical informatics, translational bioinformatics, clinical research informatics and public health informatics. We define informatics as the intersection of computer science, information science, data science and social/behavioral sciences with one or more biomedical application domains. Application domains of interest include health care delivery and consumer health, translation of basic biological research to health outcomes, population medicine and public health, and the organization, analysis and use of biomedical big data. Regardless of the application domain, the research career focus should be informatics. The award is intended to promote the career development of informatics researchers who intend to make a long term commitment to biomedical informatics research. K01 awardees are expected to apply for NIH or other independent research grant support (R01 or equivalent) during the final year of the award. Candidates who received their training at one of NLM’s university-based biomedical informatics training programs are encouraged to apply.

Candidates for this award must have a research or health-professional doctoral degree or equivalent. Junior investigators (i.e. early stage of faculty positions within three years of initial appointments at time of application submission or resubmission) are eligible for this award and will have completed their research training. At the time of award, the institution must demonstrate that the applicant will have the academic title, space and other resources necessary to apply for research project grant (e.g., R01) level funding.

The candidates must have research experience (length of time may vary) and be committed to developing into independent biomedical investigators in research areas relevant to the mission of the NLM.  The program is not intended to support additional postdoctoral training and is not intended to support career changes from non-research to research careers for individuals without prior research training.

Prospective applicants are strongly encouraged to contact the NLM Program Officer relevant to their research area before preparing an application to discuss the relevance of the proposed research to NLM’s current research priorities and for guidance on the proposed research and career development plans.

For further information and/or to contact one of our Program Officers, please see https://www.nlm.nih.gov/ep/GrantInformatics.html.

 

Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

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