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. Check us out on Twitter: @FNLM Join our Linkedin Group: http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Friends-National-Library-Medicine-1949436/about This page is maintained by Friends of the National Library of Medicine staff. Please direct inquiries and comments to [email protected].

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 ClinicalTrials.gov; 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

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FNLM 2019 Conference Invitation

FNLM 2019 Conference Invitation http://p0.vresp.com/bnvRPi #vr4smallbiz

hosted-p0.vresp.com 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 ]
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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.

aids.nlm.nih.gov 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...

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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.

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-grantees-win-2018-nobel-prize-physiology-or-medicine

nih.gov 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: https://friendsofthenlm.formstack.com/forms/gala_registration_form_copy_1

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

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

https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/fiscal-year-2018-budget-request

nih.gov 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:

https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/video-sound-gallery/dr-collins-dr-atul-gawande-chat-about-bringing-precision-delivery-precision-medicine

nih.gov 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.

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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.

For more, check out:

https://directorsblog.nih.gov/2017/06/20/precision-oncology-gene-changes-predict-immunotherapy-response/

directorsblog.nih.gov 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 contro…

Conference Registration Form - Formstack

Early bird rate ending today! Register for the FNLM Annual Conference:

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friendsofthenlm.formstack.com conference will discuss prevention of non-repeatable research and inconsequential studies, highlight positive strategies to achieve trustworthy results and significant quality improvement in clinical research studies.

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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--

https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/statements/appointment-dr-alfred-johnson-nih-deputy-director-management

nih.gov 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

https://www.nih.gov/about-nih/who-we-are/nih-director/testimony-transformative-power-biomedical-research

nih.gov 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...

FNLM Conference Invitation

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[05/16/17]   2017 Annual Conference

*Early Bird Rate Extended until May 26, 2017

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Conference Registration Form - Formstack

2017 Annual Conference

*Early Bird Rate Extended until May 26, 2017

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friendsofthenlm.formstack.com conference will discuss prevention of non-repeatable research and inconsequential studies, highlight positive strategies to achieve trustworthy results and significant quality improvement in clinical research studies.

Conference Registration Form - Formstack

Register for the FNLM Annual Conference Today! *Early Bird Rate has been extended until May 26, 2017!

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friendsofthenlm.formstack.com conference will discuss prevention of non-repeatable research and inconsequential studies, highlight positive strategies to achieve trustworthy results and significant quality improvement in clinical research studies.

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Digitizing Material Culture: Handwritten Recipe Books, 1600–1900

Digitizing Material Culture: Handwritten Recipe Books, 1600-1900--

Cookbooks and recipe books have always been popular with students of history and family genealogy. They are tangible artifacts of past lives lived that we can often trace back directly to our immediate or distant relatives offering a historical window perhaps even into dishes and remedies we still use today or fondly remember from childhood.

Cookery, alchemy, and medicine were closely intertwined in pre-modern Europe up to the 1800s. Recipes and advice for food preparation and preservation, animal husbandry, preparing useful household concoctions, and allopathic medicines and treatments for maintaining personal health were available in books via a growing publication industry and shared between friends, family, and neighbors. The head of a household would often record these in ‘receipt’ books, of which the Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collection holds a good number and has recently embarked on a project to digitize and make available in NLM Digital Collections.

For more, check out:

https://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/2017/04/13/digitizing-material-culture-handwritten-recipe-books-1600-1900/

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RxNorm Completes the Prescribable Name Project

RxNorm Completes the Prescribable Name Project--

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is delighted to announce that the April 2017 RxNorm monthly release contains a Prescribable Name (PSN) for all RxNorm normal forms for active human drugs sold in the United States (US) with a few exceptions. Drugs without a PSN include allergenic extracts and certain forms containing three or more ingredients. PSNs are user-friendly synonyms of RxNorm normalized drug names and are meant to be used as display names in e-prescribing systems. Unlike other RxNorm synonyms, there can only be a single PSN associated with an RxNorm concept (i.e., RxNorm Concept Unique Identifier or RXCUI). RxNorm editors create PSNs based upon the drug label on DailyMed (https://dailymed.nlm.nih.gov/). PSNs may contain common ingredient abbreviations and tall man lettering, and their strengths may not be normalized as they are in the RxNorm normalized names.

PSNs were first introduced in the July 2014 release of RxNorm. NLM would like to thank the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Health Administration (VHA) for help with funding this project, and the National Council for Prescription Drug Programs (NCPDP) for help with organizing content discussions with stakeholders. The addition of PSNs to RxNorm is a major step towards improving the efficiency and accuracy of drug information management in e-prescribing systems.

For more, check out:

https://www.nlm.nih.gov/news/rxnorm-completes-prescribable-names.html

nlm.nih.gov The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is delighted to announce that the April 2017 RxNorm monthly release contains a Prescribable Name (PSN) for all RxNorm normal forms for active human drugs sold in the United States (US) with a few exceptions. Drugs without a PSN include allergenic extracts and c...

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Reference Librarians—The Face and Voice of the Library

Reference Librarians—The Face and Voice of the Library--

All week, we’ll focus on reference librarians at the National Library of Medicine.

Today, we’ll cover what reference librarians do and what makes them unique at NLM.

On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, we’ll introduce you to three reference librarians at NLM. They’re all passionate in their pursuit of making health and medical information more available and helping the public.

But their career paths couldn’t be more different.

One figured at this point in his career, he might have been managing a chain of restaurants. Another knew in college that a career in library science was the ideal path for him. And the third only considered a career as a medical librarian when a health crisis struck home.

Then on Friday, we’ll share some of the more unusual questions that reference librarians at NLM have received—and how they were answered.

For more, check out:

https://infocus.nlm.nih.gov/2017/03/27/reference-librarians-the-face-and-voice-of-the-library/

infocus.nlm.nih.gov All week, we’ll focus on reference librarians at the National Library of Medicine. Today, we’ll cover what reference librarians do and what makes them unique at NLM. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thur…

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Art on the Edge

Art on the Edge--

Hedley Vicars was not a war hero. He was not a renowned strategist or tactician; his presence on the battlefield did not strike fear in the hearts of his enemies. In fact, Captain Hedley Vicars was killed by a Russian musket ball during his first direct combat engagement on the hills in front of Sebastopol on March 22, 1855. If not for his friendship with the biographer Catherine Marsh, Hedley Vicars’ legacy would likely have been little more than a forgotten grave on a Crimean War battlefield. Catharine Marsh did count Hedley as a close friend, however, so when he died she was moved to immortalize him as a veritable Christian saint in a book that would eventually be translated into no fewer than eight languages, with hundreds of thousands of copies (plus a few plagiarized variants) printed and sold around the world from 1855 until the early 20th century.

For more, check out:

https://circulatingnow.nlm.nih.gov/2017/03/22/art-on-the-edge/

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