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Applications Being Accepted for 2015 NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics Course

The National Library of Medicine (NLM), in partnership with Georgia Regents University (GRU), is pleased to open applications for the Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 NLM Georgia Biomedical Informatics course.

The Biomedical Informatics course, now entering its 22nd year, offers participants a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics taught by experts in the field. The course was previously held at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole, MA. NLM plans to take the skills shaped over the past two decades at MBL to its new colleagues at GRU and new location in northern Georgia.

The Spring 2015 course is scheduled for April 12-18, 2015 and the Fall 2015 course will be held September 27-October 3, 2015. The course will be held at a conference center in Young Harris, GA, frequently used by Georgia Regents University, at no cost to participants.

Application to the course is open to all, but space is limited. Preference will be given to US citizens and permanent residents who demonstrate, through a brief application letter, that they have the significant need for an understanding of the informatics solutions that are available to address their biomedical research, practice and education challenges and that, through their official position, they are significant “change agents” who can influence the adoption of best practices in their own environment and expand the influence of the course to others through teaching or by example.

Application information can be found at http://gru.edu/library/greenblatt/informaticscourse/apply.php. Course information can be found at http://gru.edu/library/greenblatt/informaticscourse/index.php. The application deadline for Spring 2015 and Fall 2015 is December 15, 2014, 8:00 a.m. EDT.

The course, directed by NLM Director Donald A. B. Lindberg, MD, and co-directed by Michael J. Ackerman, PhD, Chief, Office of High Performance and Computing Center in the Spring and James J. Cimino, MD, Chief, Laboratory for Informatics Development at the National Library of Medicine and the NIH Clinical Center in the Fall, will guide participants through topics including biomedical informatics methods, clinical informatics, big data and imaging, genomics, consumer health informatics, mathematical modeling, and telemedicine and telehealth.

The co-principal investigators from GRU are Brenda L. Seago, MLS, MA, PhD, Professor and Director of Libraries, and Kathy J. Davies, MLS, Chair, Research and Education Services, Robert B. Greenblatt, MD Library.

GRU is one of four public comprehensive research institutions in the state of Georgia, home to the Medical College of Georgia and the state’s sole dental college. The University traces its roots to 1828, and in its present-day incarnation boasts nine colleges and schools with nearly 10,000 students.

Since its founding in 1836, the National Library of Medicine has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. NLM is the world's largest medical library, with nearly 22 million items in its collection. A leader in information innovation, it is the developer of electronic information services used by scientists, health professionals and the public around the world.

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