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Apply to Attend the Winter 2016 Online Class “Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching”

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Health science librarians are invited to participate in a rigorous online bioinformatics training course, Fundamentals of Bioinformatics and Searching, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), and the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, NLM Training Center (NTC). The course provides basic knowledge and skills for librarians interested in helping patrons use online molecular databases and tools from the NCBI. Attending this course will improve your ability to initiate or extend bioinformatics services at your institution. Prior knowledge of molecular biology and genetics is not required.

The major goal of this course is to provide an introduction to bioinformatics theory and practice in support of developing and implementing library-based bioinformatics products and services. This material is essential for decision-making and implementation of these programs, particularly instructional and reference services. The course encompasses visualizing bioinformatics end-user practice and places a strong emphasis both on hands-on acquisition of NCBI search competencies and a working molecular biology vocabulary, through self-paced hands-on exercises.

This course is a prerequisite for the face-to-face workshop, Librarian’s Guide to NCBI. Participants who complete the required coursework and earn full continuing education credit will be eligible to apply to attend the 5-day Librarian’s Guide in the future if they so choose.

This course is offered online (asynchronously) from January 11 – February 19, 2016.

The course format includes video lectures, readings, a molecular vocabulary exercise, an NCBI discovery exercise, and other hands-on exercises. The instructor is Diane Rein, Ph.D., MLS, Bioinformatics and Molecular Biology Liaison from the Health Science Library, University at Buffalo.

Due to limited enrollment, interested participants are required to complete an application form. The deadline for completing the application is December 7, 2015; participants will be notified of acceptance on December 21, 2015.

The course is offered at no cost to participants. Participants who complete all assignments and the course evaluation by the due dates within the course will receive 25 hours of MLA CE credit. No partial CE credit is granted.

For more information and to apply, visit:

Questions? E-mail the course organizers at

Registration Open for November 12th Webinar “PubMed for Scientists”

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015
On November 12th, NCBI will present “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. Finally, we will answer your questions about searching PubMed.
Date and time: Thursday, November 12, 2015 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
After the live presentation, the webinar will be uploaded to the NCBI YouTube channel. 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.

SE/A Regional Recipients of NLM’s HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

Congratulations to the AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS) and the University of Florida’s Health Sciences Library Center for being recipients of two of six of NLM’s 22nd round of HIV/AIDS Community Information Outreach Projects. NLM has continued its HIV/AIDS-related outreach efforts to community-based organizations, patient advocacy groups, faith-based organizations, departments of health, and libraries. This program provides support to design local programs for improving information access for HIV/AIDS patients and the affected community as well as their caregivers.

AIDS Interfaith Residential Services (AIRS)
“The F.A.I.T.H. Project”
The F.A.I.T.H. Project is outreach effort aimed to help communities of color as well as health professionals who serve them have access to accurate and reliable HIV/AIDS information and resources to effectively prevent and manage HIV/AIDS. The F.A.I.T.H. Project will extend outreach to African Americans, MSM population, seniors, youth groups, and faith-communities. Efforts to improve and increase access to HIV/AIDS information may help to address the general lack of trust behind information access and close gaps in chronic disease and minimize digital and technology disparities. One of the unique features of the F.A.I.T.H. is the use community-based theater to educate with prevention messages.

University of Florida
“Partnering to Provide HIV/AIDS Information Outreach”
The University of Florida through its Health Sciences Library Center will partner with local public libraries and the Alachua County Disease Control Unit. The goals are to increase access to HIV/AIDS resources to the vulnerable populations. The approach will be facilitating collaboration between healthcare providers, AIDS service organizations focusing on prevention and education, with creating locally relevant educational materials, training healthcare and community services providers on the use of NLM HIV/AIDS resources, raising public awareness through the NLM traveling exhibition, “Surviving and Thriving: AIDS, Politics, and Culture”.

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

Last updated on Friday, 22 November, 2013

Funded by the National Library of Medicine under contract HHS-N-276-2011-00004-C with the Health Sciences and Human Services Library of the University of Maryland