Grants and Funding: Extramural Programs (EP)
Awards for NLM Administrative Supplements for Informationist Services in NIH-funded Research Projects (Admin Supp) (PA-12-158)
Informationists are information specialists, usually health sciences librarians, who have graduate training and practical experience that provides them with disciplinary background in biomedical, behavioral or biological sciences and in library and information sciences/informatics. Their cross training provides informationists with a unique perspective on the acquisition, synthesis, management and use of information in research. Informationists work as team members with research scientists and health professionals, and are sometimes called in-context information specialists for that reason. The awards bring informationists into research settings and measure the value of their contributions to the research. The Supplement provides up to $50,000 in direct costs (plus indirect costs) for 2 years to an active NIH-funded researcher, in order to bring needed information expertise into the research team.
Grundfest, Warren H
Non-contact, THz Sensing of Corneal Hydration
3 R01 EY-21590-02S1
University of California Los Angeles
Informationists: Vessela Ensberg and Tony Aponte, Louise Darling Library. The grant involves generation of unique data from a new technology used in diagnosis of an eye condition. The informationist will study and improve workflows for organizing, managing research data, identify metadata standards and ontologies that are appropriate, and propose a strategy for preserving the data.
Liu, Gilbert C
Delivering Geospatial Intelligence to Health Care Professionals
3 R01 LM-10923-02S1
Informationists: Jere Odell, Rick Ralston and Elizabeth Whipple, Lilly Medical Library. The grant involves enhancing the Child Health Improvement through Computer Automation system (CHICA) with GIS information, to assist primary care providers in making referrals to nearby dental, exercise or tutoring services. The informationists will provide assistance in monitoring the accuracy of referral data and literacy level of documents generated; develop a knowledge management approach to bridge GIS and CHICA implementation; and participate in community consumer health information outreach services such as identifying social and technical barriers to uptake of the enhanced data by care givers.
Luckmann, Roger S
Promoting Breast Cancer Screening in Non-Adherent Women
3 R01 CA-132935-05S1
U Mass Worcester
Informationist: Sally Gore, Lamar Soutter library. The grant involves a 3-arm randomized trial comparing 2 forms of outreach to women who are due for a screening mammogram. The interventions will run for 4 years and already involves a multidisciplinary research team including primary care, informatics, counseling and behavioral sciences. The informationist will provide metadata, database design and retrieval advice to the technical team; assist investigators in identifying key information technology issues in the existing tracking system; and work with them on a systematic review, provide customized instruction to the team, and support public access submission.
Web-assisted Tobacco Intervention with Community College Students
3 R01 CA-152093-02S1
University of Rochester
Informationists: Donna Berryman and Linda Hasman, EG Miner Library. The grant involves testing a web-based intervention for smoking cessation to be used with community college students. There is an information gathering phase involving focus groups and interviews, and also a clinical trial to test an intervention. The informationists will design a data management approach for the randomized trials and for data from the interviews and focus groups. They will help design a system for collecting, storing and accessing both audio and textual data, for tracking data versions, and also a metadata approach for the project. They will serve on the DSMC for the project.
Role of proteases and peptides in cancer pain
3 R01 DE-019796-03S1
New York University
Informationists: Aileen McCrillis, Rich McGowan and Alisa Surkis, New York University Health Sciences Library. The grant involves collecting, identifying and characterizing pain-producing mediators secreted by cancers, developing a list of molecules. The work takes place in New York and Boston, involving about 10 investigators. The informationists will assist with improving their search queries for NCBI data sources; identifying a reference management approach for use by the multiple participants; and develop a web-based data management system for each molecule identified, to enhance workflow between the 2 sites.
Dose-Response in Radionuclide Therapy
3 R01 CA-116477-07S1
Johns Hopkins University
Informationist: Victoria Goode, Welch Medical Library. The grant involves creating an online radiobiology reference resource. The resource supports a new approach to patient-specific dosimetry, enabling micro-scale dosimetry from macro-scale imaging data. The informationist will identify relevant literature; support a panel of experts that curates the resource; establish a protocol for review/update of the resource; and make recommendations for sharing data with broader audience.
Svirsky, Mario A
Clinical Management of Cochlear Implant Patients with Contralateral Hearing Aids
3 R01 DC011329-02S1
New York University
Informationists: Theodora Bakker and Karen Hanson, New York University Health Sciences Library. The grant involves development of evidence-based guidelines for post-implant management of bi-modal cochlear implants. The PI has acquired a unique data set to merge with grant-generated data. The informationists will leverage the existing data set into a tool that includes the new, unanticipated data. They will evaluate and restructure the data model and data entry tool; refine reporting queries; and provide a user friendly query tool for users unfamiliar with query languages.
Reducing disability via a Bundled Bio-Behavioral-Environmental Approach
3 R01 AG-040100-01A1S1
Johns Hopkins University
Informationists: Claire Twose and Jennifer Darragh, Welch Medical Library. The grant involves helping the disabled elderly age in place, and is testing an intervention among elderly low-income African Americans in Baltimore. The informationists will assist with capture of medical billing information from the participants; assist with use of GIS neighborhood data; identify approaches for capturing digital recordings of interviews; and assist with deposit of manuscripts in compliance with NIH Public Access.