Friends of the National Library of Medicine

Friends of the National Library of Medicine

Supporting and Promoting the World's Largest Biomedical Library The Friends of the National Library of Medicine (FNLM) supports and promotes the world’s largest biomedical library, the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a vital part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the nation’s premier medical research agency.

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Ola Mae Spinks, Who Helped Preserve a Slave Archive, Dies at 106

Ms. Spinks legacy speaks to the role librarians play in history. In 1972, she and another librarian went to the Library of Congress to bring order to a sprawling collection of interviews with former slaves.

Another Milestone in COVID-19 Vaccine Research Glad to join Anthony Fauci (left), head of NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and Matt Hepburn (center), Department of Defense, at NIH on July 27, 2020, to launch th…

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WSJ News Exclusive | Red Flags Raised Over Chinese Research Published in Global Journals

National Library of Medicine - trusted information and knowledge. Internationally peer-reviewed journals published more than 100 research papers from China-based authors that appear to have reused identical sets of images, raising questions about the proliferation of problematic science.

NIH One Step Closer to Speeding Delivery of COVID-19 Testing Technologies to Those Who Need It Most Through RADx-UP

The speed at which these breakthroughs are happening is only exceeded by the speed with which they are disseminated. This piece was authored in collaboration with the leadership across NIH and represents a unified effort to meet the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic with excellence and innovation. Bef…

The Pandemic Claims New Victims: Prestigious Medical Journals

We have two pandemics, COVID-19 and misinformation. Two major study retractions in one month have left researchers wondering if the peer review process is broken.

Discussing the Need for Reliable Antibody Testing for COVID-19 There’s been a great deal of discussion about whether people who recover from coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), have neutralizing antibodies in their bloodstream to guard against another infecti…

How You Should Read Coronavirus Studies, or Any Science Paper Published scientific research, like any piece of writing, is a peculiar literary genre.

Coronavirus Is Forcing Medical Research to Speed Up

"That demand for conclusiveness highlights longstanding tensions over the role of a scientific journal. Should it be an arbiter of facts or a generator of new ideas? A keeper of the historical record or a predictor of the future? A private channel for scientists to communicate with one another or a megaphone with which they can reach the public? Or all of the above?" What does it mean for science — and public health — that scientific journals are now publishing research at warp speed?

Answering the Call: Academic Health Sciences Libraries and COVID-19

Librarians working to ensure clinicians, researchers, healthcare professionals, and patients have the most up to date information and knowledge regarding COVID-19. Guest post by members of a large collaborative network of academic health sciences libraries The COVID-19 pandemic and resulting public health crisis have had a profound impact, reshaping patient c…

Congratulations to Dr Brennan on upon your election to the AIMBE College of Fellows! Well deserved recognition of achievement in medical and biological engineering!

How Medical Librarians Are Handling the Coronavirus Crisis

Getting the right information at the right time when people need it. Medical librarians step and meet the end user needs. As public, academic, school, and corporate library workers have been watching their workplaces close and striving to adjust to self-quarantining, medical librarians are facing additional challenges as a result of COVID-19.

How Does a Library Respond to a Global Health Crisis?

Information enables knowledge, which empowers. The NLM's role in ensuring the right tools and information are available to researchers, clinicians, healthcare providers, and patients is more important than ever. FNLM is proud to support this "National Treasure." Around the world, scientists, public health officials, medical professionals, and others are working to address the coronavirus pandemic. At NLM, we’ve been working on multiple fronts to improve re…

Why Dr. Anthony Fauci Runs

A National Treasure. Dr. Anthony Fauci has been running the same federal entity through some of the worst crises of the last half-century: AIDS, anthrax, swine flu, Ebola and, now, a coronavirus pandemic. He’s also been running for almost the entire time.

Gender differences in how scientists present the importance of their research: observational study

We are not surprised. Objectives Women remain underrepresented on faculties of medicine and the life sciences more broadly. Whether gender differences in self presentation of clinical research exist and may contribute to this gender gap has been challenging to explore empirically. The objective of this study was to analy...

Stranded on Border, This Migrant Became the Camp Doctor

Healthcare need met in an unexpected fashion by an everyday hero. A Cuban doctor waiting for asylum in the United States has become the only full-time physician at a makeshift encampment for 2,500 migrants in Mexico.

What We Learned in 2019: Health and Medicine

Only one of the subjects covered in this article was not an issue at the start of the decade that ends soon. Many demonstrate the progress made and each one speaks to how much more needs doing in seeing to a healthier world. The National Library of Medicine is the premier source for more information about each of these topics and more. Developments in medicine and health that we’re still thinking about at year’s end.

From many years of engagement with the NLM staff, I know that Dr. and Mrs. Lindberg are held in the highest regard by everyone at the Library. To be sure Dr. Lindberg will be remembered by many in the medical library community, medical informaticians, and everyone who is passionate about the power of information and knowledge to improve healthcare outcomes and patient care. He will be remembered, however, in a very special manner by all those who worked at the Library while he was Director. He was an exceptional leader, a gentleman, and a scholar. A renaissance man, whose many and varied interests never ceased to amaze me. That Dr. Lindberg knew everyone by name and commanded such respect and affection speaks volumes about how very special a person he was. The FNLM offers our condolences to Mrs. Lindberg and all in their family.

Today's announcement from Dr. Collins and Dr. Brennan:

Dear NIH Family,

It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., who served as the Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) for more than 30 years. He was one of the longest-serving leaders at NIH and continued his service as Director Emeritus of NLM after his retirement in March 2015. Because of his pioneering work in applying computer technology to biomedical research and health information, he is considered by many to be the country’s senior statesman for computers and medicine. Don died on August 16 following a fall; he was 86.

When he joined NLM as Director in 1984, Don predicted that computers would become increasingly useful in biomedical research and patient care, medical informatics would emerge as a formal research field and academic discipline, and progress in cancer research and molecular biology would become a matter of immediate personal concern.

A consummate planner, Don took a long view by developing long-range plans for NLM that helped him deliver on his predictions. Under his leadership, NLM embraced the Internet, enabling the public, health providers, and scientists gain new or improved access to medical literature via PubMed and PubMed Central; clinical trials and their results via; and consumer health information via MedlinePlus.

He played an integral role in the establishment of the National Center for Biotechnology Information, a division of NLM that provides access to biomedical and genomic information. He also served as the first director of the government-wide Office of High-Performance Computing and Communications.

Don was incredibly well read, in medicine and beyond. A discussion about one of NLM’s many products and services would inevitably be informed by insight from the latest book he was reading, about history, sailing, or the latest medical breakthrough. His thirst for knowledge made him ideally suited to lead the largest biomedical library in the world.

Don came to NLM after a distinguished career at the University of Missouri-Columbia where he was a pioneer in applying computer technology to health care. Trained as a pathologist, Don reinvented himself to become a leader in the use of computers in medicine. He helped establish the American Medical Informatics Association and became its founding president. He made notable global contributions to information and computer science activities for information used in medical diagnosis, artificial intelligence, and educational programs. Don created programs that changed fundamentally the way biomedical information is collected, shared, and analyzed.

He will be remembered for his outstanding leadership, his vision and passion for transforming access to medical information, and as a civil servant who was committed to excellence, transparency, integrity, and public trust.

We are grateful to have experienced his passion, commitment, and wry sense of humor. He will be greatly missed. We send our deepest condolences to his wife Mary, his children, friends, and colleagues.

Sincerely yours,
Francis S. Collins, M.D., Ph.D.
Director, NIH

Patricia Flatley Brennan, R.N., Ph.D.
Director, NLM

FNLM 2019 Conference Invitation

FNLM 2019 Conference Invitation #vr4smallbiz The event will be held June 18-19, 2019 in the Lister Hill Center Auditorium, Building 38A.  The conference is co-sponsored by the NLM and FNLM and will bring together key stakeholders including government, researchers, academia, and industry.

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A guest post by Kurt W. Rodarmer, a software security architect in NLM’s National Center for Biotechnology Information. NLM is working to unleash the potential of data and information to accelerate and transform biomedical discovery. Foundational to that goal lie the data themselves. We assess their value, collect and curate them, and then make them accessible. But access has its risks. 917 more words [ 916 more words ]

AIDSource: HIV/AIDS Information from the National Library of Medicine

World AIDS Day 2018 - NLM's AIDSource provides the most up to date resources for patients, researchers, clinicians, and caregivers. Information and knowledge empower patients, yield results,and improve health outcomes. AIDSource is a link repository that contains a collection of expert-reviewed resources related to HIV/AIDS. Resources are organized into easy-to-search topics and subtopics. It is your one source for HIV information including information about HIV basics, prevention, treatment, and related condition...

NIH grantees win 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

“Dr. Allison’s elegant and groundbreaking work in basic immunology over four decades and its important applicability to cancer is a vivid demonstration of the critical nature of interdisciplinary biomedical research supported by NIH,” says NIAID Director Anthony S. Fauci, M.D. The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to NIH grantee James P. Allison, Ph.D., of the University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas.

As Chair of the FNLM, I am fortunate to work closely with many at the National Library of Medicine (NLM) who are working to ensure that researchers, clinicians, and patients have the information and knowledge they need to improve research and healthcare outcomes. I know that you care every bit as much as I do about supporting their Herculean efforts. That’s why I wanted to make sure you saw our Gala Invitation. Please join us for a very special evening to support the NLM’s mission and goals while celebrating with fellow advocates and thought leaders. I hope you can join us at the 2018 Gala!

You can register for the Gala by clicking this link:

Testimony on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request before the Senate Committee

Testimony on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request before the Senate Committee-- Testimony on the Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Request before the Senate Committee.

Dr. Collins and Dr. Atul Gawande chat about bringing precision delivery to precision medicine

Dr. Collins and Dr. Atul Gawande chat about bringing precision delivery to precision medicine--

Dr. Collins and researcher, surgeon & best-selling author Dr. Atul Gawande hosted a Facebook Live Q&A to talk about systems science & innovations in healthcare delivery.

For more, check out: Dr. Collins and researcher, surgeon & best-selling author Dr. Atul Gawande hosted a Facebook Live Q&A to talk about systems science & innovations in healthcare delivery.

Precision Oncology: Gene Changes Predict Immunotherapy Response

Precision Oncology: Gene Changes Predict Immunotherapy Response--

There’s been tremendous excitement in the cancer community recently about the life-saving potential of immunotherapy. In this treatment strategy, a patient’s own immune system is enlisted to control and, in some cases, even cure the cancer. But despite many dramatic stories of response, immunotherapy doesn’t work for everyone. A major challenge has been figuring out how to identify with greater precision which patients are most likely to benefit from this new approach, and how to use that information to develop strategies to expand immunotherapy’s potential.

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Appointment of Dr. Alfred Johnson as NIH Deputy Director for Management

Appointment of Dr. Alfred Johnson as NIH Deputy Director for Management-- Dr. Johnson has been serving as the NIH Acting Deputy Director for Management since May 2016, and brings an incredible depth of NIH experience to this role.

Testimony on the Transformative Power of Biomedical Research Discussion on NIH’s diverse investments in biomedical research and some of the exciting scientific opportunities on the horizon, I want to thank this Subcommittee for your sustained commitment to NIH to ensure that our nation remains the global leader in the life sciences and advances in human healt...

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