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Newsletter of the NN/LM Southeastern/Atlantic Region

Reflections on the National Library of Medicine’s Georgia Bioinformatics Course

By Francisco J. Fajardo, Clinical Engagement Librarian; Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine Medical Library, Miami FL.

Contact Frank at:

After a short flight to Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Brenda Seago and staff at Augusta University greeted participants before embarking on a drive to the Brasstown Valley Resort located in Young Harris, Georgia. This quiet setting in the North Georgia Mountains provided the perfect atmosphere for an intensive weeklong course in biomedical informatics. Some of highlighted topics (familiar to librarians) included disaster informatics, NLM resources, controlled vocabularies, genomics, and electronic medical records. The top researchers in these fields facilitated all the workshops, which provided excellent discussion and supplemental materials to the participants.

The course is an excellent way to immerse yourself into the field and learn from experts. One particular workshop I enjoyed was the Clinical Research Informatics workshop, taught by the creator of the REDCap Research Electronic Data Capture program, Dr. Paul Harris, PhD. Dr. Harris presented on the uses of this software in clinical research and data management in the health sciences. I thought this was a useful tool when working with clinical staff. Attendees then had a hands-on workshop using the software. We participated in many other hands-on workshops in the evenings throughout the week that included exercises in information retrieval, big data, cloud computing, and the future of informatics in other fields.

The selected participants came from a diverse pool of applicants. Among the 26 selected, you have librarians, physicians, nurses, hospital administrators, and researchers with varying years of experience in their fields. This group grew closer as the week passed while enjoying the surroundings of this mountain resort. Between these workshops, the group was treated to great food and hospitality by staff. It was a great opportunity to network with other professionals and bring back skills to your institution.

For more information regarding this program, please visit:

Seeking information about Network participation with Remote Area Medical (RAM)

Remote Area Medical (RAM) is a non-profit, volunteer medical corps that provides free health care (including dental and eye care) in remote areas of the United States. The organization, based in Knoxville, TN, was founded by Stan Brock in 1985.

If your library/organization has participated in or if you know of a library that has participated in RAM activities, please drop a line to Dale Prince, Executive Director of the NN/LM SE/A at

June NIH News in Health Now Available

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Community Health Maps Workshop at the National Library of Medicine

Space is available to attend the upcoming Community Health Maps Workshop

Dates: June 7-8, 2016

Location: National Library of Medicine, Lister Hill Auditorium, Bethesda, Maryland.

Sponsors: The National Library of Medicine and Health-Equity.Org are co-sponsoring the first Community Health Maps workshop.

Summary: The availability of affordable Geographical Information System (GIS) platforms, data collection and visualization applications and mapping tools is relatively recent. Historically, the cost to procure platforms and applications, to train users, and to sustain operations has been prohibitive for communities and community-based organizations whose health budgets are already strained. Join us to hear experiences using the Community Health Maps workflow and learn how access to quality health information and the ability to visualize that data – to better understand and portray their significance to the community – can support efforts to reduce health disparities in underserved communities.

The workshop will bring together federal/state/local government representatives, related Associations, members of academia, community health professionals, community activists, information specialists, and information technologists from across the country to share and discuss new ideas and methodologies for empowering community organizations serving vulnerable or underserved populations with low cost, intuitive mapping technology.

The agenda for this workshop is available at

You must RSVP to attend. Please contact Colette Hochstein, D.M.D., MLS at 301-496-6590 or e-mail to reserve your seat in this workshop. You will need to provide your contact info, including title, position, e-mail, phone, institution, etc. Any updates that occur including documents to download the tools needed for the sessions will be provided prior to the workshop.

Funding Opportunity Announcement: BD2K Open Educational Resources for Skills Development in Biomedical Big Data Science

The NIH Big Data to Knowledge initiative (BD2K) announces the release of a new RFA for training in biomedical big data science:

  • RFA-HG-16-006: BD2K Open Educational Resources for Skills Development in Biomedical Big Data Science (R25)

The purpose of this RFA is to support the development of develop open educational resources (OERs) that adhere to FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) principles and that enable learners to gain the knowledge and skills needed to extract knowledge from biomedical Big Data.

This new RFA for T32 training programs complements the three RFAs released earlier this month:

  • RFA-LM-16-002: BD2K Predoctoral Training in Biomedical Big Data Science (T32)
  • 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 RFAs aim to train more researchers who will new Big Data technologies, methods, and tools.  Training is expected across three major scientific areas: (1) computer science or informatics, (2) statistics and mathematics, and (3) biomedical science; in addition, the awardee/trainee acquire depth in areas of specialty necessary for developing new methods, technologies, or tools.

The receipt deadline for applications vary between late July and early August.  Please see the FOAs for this and other details.

Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340-01 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.