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National Center for Biotechnology Information Celebrates 25th Anniversary

NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg

NLM Director Donald A.B. Lindberg gave his recollections of the origins of the NCBI as part of the 25th anniversary celebration at NIH in November.
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Tony Hey, Ph.D. and Dr. David Lipman

Tony Hey, Ph.D. (left), Vice President of Microsoft Research, presented NCBI Director David Lipman, M.D., with the Jim Gray eScience Award for outstanding contributions to the field of data-intensive computing in the pursuit of open, supportive, and collaborative research models.
Photo courtesy of NLM

The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), a component of NLM, celebrated its 25th anniversary with a program November 1, 2013 in Natcher Conference Center. NCBI is a national and international resource for molecular biology information. It creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information—all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.

NLM Director Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg, who helped lead the charge for the creation of NCBI in the mid-1980s, gave an overview of the planning process. Here, he is showing an image of the late Congressman Claude Pepper (D-FL), whose House Select Committee on Aging Subcommittee on Health and Long-Term Care held hearings on the need for a national biotechnology information center. Pictured with Pepper were Committee member Cong. Lindy Boggs (right) (D-LA), and Frances Humphrey Howard, sister of U.S. Vice President Hubert H. Humphrey and a driving force in NCBI's creation.

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