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National Library of Medicine Grantee Dr. Bradley Malin Wins Prestigious Presidential Award for Early Career Scientists

Dr. Bradley Malin

National Library of Medicine (NLM) grantee Dr. Bradley A. Malin of Vanderbilt University is among 85 researchers named recipients of the 2010 Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) by President Barack Obama. Dr. Malin's area of expertise is managing and protecting the privacy of personal information stored in electronic health records and research data files. Recipients will get their awards in a Washington, DC ceremony."

Launched in 1996, PECASE (// is the highest honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers.

In 2009, Dr. Malin was awarded his first research project (R01) grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) - $1.1 million over four years - to develop "Technologies to Enable Privacy in Biomedical Databanks." As part of the presidential award, NIH will extend that grant, sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, with an additional two years of funding.

"I'm delighted that Dr. Bradley Malin has received this honor," said Dr. Valerie Florance, Extramural Programs Director of the National Library of Medicine. "This young investigator already has a national reputation in the area of data security and privacy, and his research is truly innovative. Protecting the confidentiality of personal health information is a vital component of the administration's goal to expand the use of electronic health records in the US."

Dr. Malin is assistant professor of biomedical informatics and research assistant professor of computer science at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He also directs Vanderbilt's Health Information Privacy Laboratory. Dr. Malin earned a BS in biological sciences, an MS in computer science and an MPhil in public policy and management, and a PhD in computer science, all from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

The PECASE awards are coordinated by the Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President.  Ten Federal departments and agencies nominate their most meritorious young scientists and engineers who show promise in assuring America's preeminence in science and engineering.

Awardees are selected on the basis of two criteria: Pursuit of innovative research at the frontiers of science and technology and a commitment to community service as demonstrated through scientific leadership, public education, or community outreach. Winning scientists and engineers receive up to a five-year research grant to further their study.

Malin is the fourth NLM grantee to receive this honor.  Earlier awardees were Dr. Russ Altman (Stanford University), Dr. Ida Sim (University of California, San Francisco) and Dr. Kenneth Mandl (Harvard University).

The National Library of Medicine, the world's largest medical library, is a component of the National Institutes of Health.

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Photo courtesy of Vanderbilt University Medical Center.


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