Archive for January, 2009

NIH Informatics Pilot Projects

NIH awarded three contracts for pilot projects in informatics for researchers conducting small to medium clinical studies.  The three institutions leading the project are:

  • Case Western Reserve University
  • University of Washington, Seattle
  • Vanderbilt University

Each of the two-year contracts, administered by the National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), represents a collaboration among individuals at three or more institutions that receive NIH Clinical and Translational Science Awards (CTSA).

Read the full NIH news release here.


January 29, 2009 at 1:39 am Leave a comment

NIH Releases First Biennial Report of the Director

biennialdirector1Dr. Kington, acting director of the National Institutes of Health, announced the publication of the first Biennial Report of the Director which is supposed to provide a summary of NIH research activities. The report is organized into sections:

  • An introduction to the disease, disorder, field, or approach;
  • A summary of the scope of NIH’s research activities referencing the ICs whose missions address the topic;
  • Related health statistics;
  • Aggregate data on NIH funding;
  • Notable examples of research activities, key programs, initiatives, studies and accomplishments; and
  • Strategic plans and directions for future research

Read the NIH News Release here.

January 22, 2009 at 4:35 pm Leave a comment

Inaugural Happiness

As an aside from pure bioinformatics work, I enjoyed watching history with my National Center for Integrative Biomedical Informatics colleagues as we saw Obama become the 44th president of the United States. What an honor.

I found out that my daughter (in kindergarten) watched the inauguration at school. When I asked her what she thought Obama said in his address, she said:
Dust yourself off,
Clean your house,
Get to work

Darn snappy. I AM proud to be an American.

January 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm Leave a comment

Comorbidity between Addiction and Mental Illness

nidaThe National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) released a new report called, Comorbidity: Addiction and Other Mental Illness. The report discusses the state of science in exploring the complex relationship between substance abuse and mental disorders. Read the NIH News release here.

January 13, 2009 at 3:28 pm Leave a comment

Francis Collins?

I hope you had a happy holiday! I admit that I’ve been a bit reluctant to come back to work as I enjoyed being able to take naps, but I also greatly appreciate being back to my routine. There’s comfort in the familiar.

Rumor has it that the Francis Collins may be the new head of the National Institutes of Health… Really? Read about it in Peter Suber’s Open Access Newsblog (which is linked on the right) at:

January 7, 2009 at 4:48 pm Leave a comment

Bioinformatics Conferences

A list of upcoming bioinformatics conferences from Conference Alerts.

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