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NLM Biomedical Informatics Course to Be Restructured to Help Accelerate Research

July 27, 2017

The National Library of Medicine Biomedical Informatics Course will be suspended as the Library identifies new ways the course can help accelerate research and better leverage NLM resources for discovery and accountability.

The NLM Biomedical Informatics Course, now in its 24th year, has offered participants a week-long immersive experience in biomedical informatics taught by experts in the field. The course began its existence at the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, MA, moving to its current home in Georgia in 2014.

“The bioinformatics environment has changed considerably over the last two and half decades,” said Michael J. Ackerman, PhD, co-director of the course. “We’ve achieved much of what we set out to do, especially in creating a trained and informed informatics community that did not exist before,” added Dina Demner-Fushman, MD, PhD, the course’s other co-director.

Course organizers recognize that having an established bioinformatics community now means that those looking for further training in the field, whether formal coursework, self-study, continuing education, or professional development, have many more options available to them than they did when the NLM Biomedical Informatics Course began.

The course restructuring process will involve finding new ways to share and advance the Library’s resources for discovery. Organizers may also reach out to the library and biomedical informatics community to get a sense of possible new directions.

“We are looking for ways to raise the sophistication of the course, both in terms of its content and its delivery,” said NLM Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD. “NLM’s commitment to informatics and to the professionals in the field is unwavering. We’ll be back.”

The fall session of the course, delivered in partnership with Augusta University in Georgia, will proceed as scheduled September 10-16, 2017.

Questions about the course or future plans can be directed to NLM Informatics Course.


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