Vacancy Announcement
July 16, 2021

Department of Health and Human Services National Institutes of Health Scientific Director National Library of Medicine

THE POSITION: The National Library of Medicine (NLM) seeks an outstanding Scientific Director to lead its Intramural Research Program (IRP). NLM is embarking on a bold new direction for its IRP, unifying its strong programs in computational biology and computational health sciences into a single program and expanding its role in advanced computation, analytics, and...

Article by Max Savery Published in Scientific Data
October 05, 2020

Searching online for answers to health questions can be challenging for any user, especially those without medical expertise. One of the best ways to make this process easier is to provide an easily digestible summary of each web page. While it is impossible to manually curate summaries for every user’s specific query, recent advancements in deep learning algorithms now make it possible to automatically summarize health information. But before these algorithms can be allowed to provide...

NIH Director's Awards Recognizes Several LHNCBC Staff
September 28, 2020

The NIH Director’s Awards recognize exceptional performance and achievements of all Institutes, Centers, and Offices within the NIH. Awards are given in various categories, including scientific/medical, administrative, technical/clerical support, and mentoring. The 2020 edition of the NIH Director's Awards includes several LHC staff:

Rodney Long, “For exemplary leadership, creative engineering and research investigations in biomedical imaging, multimedia databases, and...
Screen capture of newly designed homepage LHNCBC Website Transitions to NLM Design
April 16, 2020

We are renovating our website! 

LHNCBC is updating the look and feel of our webpages to reflect the new design principles being adopted by the main NLM website. Our website renovation will be gradual. Some of our content will remain using legacy formatting and functionality, but we will gradually transition our entire content to the new unified design.

Six Communications Engineering Branch Interns present Data Science related work in the NIH 2019 Summer and Postbac Poster Days
August 13, 2019

Five interns presented posters at the 2019 NIH Summer Poster Day (SPD) August 8 and one at the Postbac Poster Day (PPD) on May 2 with both events held at the NIH Natcher Building. The interns ranged from high school seniors to PhD candidates and the data science related areas of medical informatics research were image analysis, natural language processing and machine learning (deep learning).   Presenters and poster titles are as...

Visible Human Project images available for open access download
June 11, 2019

The Visible Human Project (VHP) is 25 years old and still going strong. The VHP digital images, representing the complete anatomy of a man and a woman, revolutionized our ability to view and understand human anatomy.

So what’s new? NLM has eliminated the requirement for a license in order to access the images.

Images from the VHP are now open access and available from the NLM Data Distribution...

Pill Image Collection available for open access download
June 06, 2019

Pill Image Collection is now open access and available from the NLM Data Distribution webpage

The Pill Image database is a collection of curated, freely available, high-quality digital images of prescription pills and associated data. Examples of pills are capsules and tablets intended for oral use. Photographs of pills for this collection were taken under laboratory lighting conditions, from a camera directly above the...
Travis Goodwin photo Travis Goodwin Elected to JAMIA Student Electorial Board
May 21, 2019

Congratulations to LHC’s own Travis Goodwin who was elected to the JAMIA Student Editorial Board (SEB). The SEB are assigned several manuscripts per year to review and members learn about the operation of a scientific medical journal as they assist with managing the monthly online JAMIA Journal Club.

More information about the SEB is available on the AMIA website

Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications Celebrates Its 50th Anniversary
February 19, 2019

The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC) celebrated its 50th anniversary in FY2018. Established by an act of Congress in 1968 “as an urgently required facility for the improvement of communications necessary for health, education, research, and practice,” the Center has led and continues to lead a number of significant research and development initiatives in the dissemination of high quality imagery, natural language processing, high-speed access to...

Where we’ve been.. And where we’re going.
January 24, 2019

This presentation is from the talk given by Dr. George R. Thoma upon his retirement on November 29, 2018.

Where we’ve been.. And where we’re going.

To read an interview with Dr. Thoma, see NLM In Focus article of September 14, 2017.

CEB Postdoctoral Fellow places in top 1% of reviewers on Publon's global reviewer database
September 18, 2018

Siva Rajaraman, LHC’s postdoctoral fellow is placed in the top 1% of reviewers on Publons’ global reviewer database, determined by the number of peer review reports performed during the 2017-18 award year. He performed 31 reviews for 14 different international journals including IEEE, Elsevier, and Springer.

Two Lister Hill Center Researchers present work in the Fall 2018 NIH Research Festival
September 18, 2018

Drs. Stefan Jaeger and Sivarama Rajaraman, Lister Hill Center researchers, presented posters at the 2018 NIH Research Festival. Dr. Jaeger and Dr. Mahdieh Poostchi received a FARE (Fellows Award for Research Excellence) award which provides recognition for the outstanding scientific research performed by intramural fellows who have less than five years of research experience at the NIH. The research here involved deep learning applied to pediatric chest x-rays and malaria parasite detection...

AMIA November 3-6, 2018
September 14, 2018

Saturday, November 3 - Tuesday, November 6, 2018

San Francisco, CA

Download the schedule as Word doc

Booth 601 Schedule Word doc

Lister Hill Center Summer Interns present work at the 2018 NIH Summer Poster Day
August 13, 2018

Eleven summer Interns presented posters at the 2018 NIH Summer Poster Day August 9, 2018 at the NIH Natcher Building. The summer interns ranged from high school juniors to PhD candidates and the focus areas of the research were image analysis, natural language processing and machine learning (deep learning).  Presenters and poster titles are as follows:



Poster Title


Priya Deshpande

PhD Candidate at DePaul...

Recent Lister Hill Center paper downloaded 100 times
June 29, 2018

Within days of publication, a paper by Dr. Sivaramakrishnan Rajaraman and colleagues published in the premier journal PeerJ was downloaded 100 times. Entitled “'Pre-trained convolutional neural networks as feature extractors toward improved malaria parasite detection in thin blood smear images,” this is the first study to evaluate the performance of Deep Learning models in classifying parasitic and uninfected red blood cells for improved malaria screening – at both cell and...

Genetics Home Reference launches guide to direct-to-consumer genetic testing
May 15, 2018

Today Genetics Home Reference launched our new guide to direct-to-consumer genetic testing. These popular tests are provided by 23andMe,, and many other companies.

The guide covers choosing a service, privacy considerations, insurance risks, and more. It also explains whether these tests can accurately predict your risk of cancer or Alzheimer disease, and what it means to have Neanderthal DNA. There’s a PDF...

CEB 2017 Summer Student Is Semi-Finalist in Regeneron Science Talent
January 24, 2018

Mr. Nikhil Sardana, senior at Thomas Jefferson High School, Alexandria, VA, has been named a semi-finalist in the Regeneron 2018 Science Talent Search.  This award placed Mr. Sardana’s work in the top 300 of the 1818 entrants in this competition.  Each semi-finalist, or “STS Scholar” was given a $2,000 award, with an additional $2,000 going to his or her school.   According to the program...

Carol Friedman, PhD, FACMI, Receives 2017 Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence
December 08, 2017

In honor of Morris F. Collen, this prestigious award is the highest honor in informatics that is presented by the American College of Medical Informatics (AMIA) to an individual whose personal commitment and dedication to biomedical informatics has made a lasting impression on healthcare and biomedicine. The National Library of Medicine has produced this video tribute to Dr. Carol Friedman, available on YouTube at 2017 Morris F. Collen Award of Excellence: Carol Friedman, PhD, FACMI.

AMIA 2017 Selected Presentations
November 20, 2017

Liz Amos: NIH CDE Repository

Patti Brennan: Data Science @ NIH

Dina Demner-Fushman: Imaging Informatics: Open-i ® Update

Valerie Florance: NIH Next Generation Researchers Initiative

Kin Wah Fung: SNOMED CT to ICD-10-CM map and the I-MAGIC tool

Kathryn Funk: Data Discovery in PMC (and PubMed)

Stacy Lathrop and Julie McVey: NCBI Bookshelf

Zhiyong Lu: PubMed Labs: A new test site for improving literature search

Clement McDonald: The Use of Big...

AMIA Schedule - NLM Papers and Presentations and NLM Booth Theater
September 27, 2017

View or download the NLM Schedule

View or download the NLM booth theater schedule

NLM staff will be on hand at the AMIA Symposium Saturday, November 4 through Wednesday, November 8 at the Washington Hilton Hotel.

Special treat for early risers: NLM Director Dr. Patricia Brennan begins the day with the NLM Update, Monday, November 6, 7:00am.

AMIA Annual Symposium actively supports research and practice in the five domains in informatics: translational bioinformatics,...

LHNCBC Announces New Release of SimpleITK Toolkit
April 14, 2017

LHNCBC announces the first major release of the SimpleITK Toolkit, an easy-to-use interface to ITK, the NLM Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit.

SimpleITK helps broaden the ITK user community beyond experienced software developers to include students, researchers, domain scientists, and novice software developers. For example, the concise interface lets students explore how well-known image segmentation (partitioning an image into segments) and registration (transformation...

Staff Scientist Dr. Sameer Antani Designated IEEE Senior Member
May 04, 2016

The IEEE (, the world’s largest technical professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, has elevated Dr. Sameer Antani ( to the grade of IEEE Senior Member. IEEE Senior Membership is an honor bestowed only to those who have made significant contributions to the profession. Dr. Antani was recognized for his leadership and scientific contributions to...

Nina Matheson Now available: 2005 interview with Nina W. Matheson, founder of NLM's IAIMS Initiative.
June 30, 2015

Dr. Nina Woo Matheson is a medical librarian and vocal supporter for the importance of librarians in medical informatics.

Nina Woo Matheson, ML, DSc, is perhaps best remembered in the Medical Informatics community as the lead author of the Association of American Medical Colleges’ 1982 Matheson-Cooper report, which described the future role of medical libraries and led to the creation of the National Library of Medicine’s Integrated Academic (later changed to Advanced)...

Don Detmer Now available: 2006 interview with Don Detmer, health policy and biomedical informatics pioneer.
June 30, 2015

Don Eugene Detmer, MD, served a pivotal role in crafting the US National Health Information Infrastructure. He chaired a 1991 Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee charged with improving the patient record, which generated a landmark report called “The Computer-based Patient Record.”

Dr. Detmer is University Professor of Health Policy Emeritus and Professor of Medical Education at the University of Virginia and Visiting Professor at the University College London’s...

Octo Barnett thumbnail Now available: 2004 interview with G. Octo Barnett, Director of the Laboratory of Computer Science (LCS) —a medical and bioinformatics research and development group at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH).
April 24, 2015

Although he described himself humbly as “just a country doctor,” Dr. G. Octo Barnett altered the course of the practice of medicine when he suggested, in the 1950s, “We ought to try using timesharing computer systems to improve medical care.”

Octo Barnett, MD served as the Senior Scientific Director of the Laboratory of Computer Science (LCS) —a medical and bioinformatics research and development group at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) —and...

Homer Warner thumbnail teaser Now available: 2005 Interview with Homer R. Warner, Sr., founder of the HELP System and the Utah Medical Informatics Program
April 17, 2015

Homer R. Warner, MD, PhD, was a cardiologist who pioneered many aspects of using computers to augment the practice of medicine, including clinical decision support tools. Homer R. Warner was born in 1922 at the Latter Day Saints (LDS) Hospital in Salt Lake City, Utah and went on to create that hospital’s first cardiovasculardiagnostic laboratory in 1954. In 1964, Dr. Warner originally founded and became the first Chair of the Biophysics and Bioengineering department in the College of...

Lindberg Q&A thumbnail Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg describes his experience at the helm of the world's largest biomedical library.
April 14, 2015

Dr. Donald A.B. Lindberg retired in March 2015 after serving for more than 30 years as the Director of the U.S. National Library of Medicine.

NLM is proud to recognize some of his many achievements by publishing interviews that Drs. Joan Ash and Dean Sittig conducted with him in 2005, as part of an oral history project about the Pioneers of the field of Medical Informatics Pioneers.

Download the interviews as a PDF here.

LHNCBC at Blair Research Convention and Poster Session
February 24, 2015

Montgomery Blair students show their summer work done at the Lister Hill Center at a Research Convention and Poster Session

Wilson Lin and Agam Mittal, high school students who worked at CEB in the summer of 2014, displayed their senior research work on February 19 at the Annual Research Convention and Poster Session held by Montgomery Blair High School, a prominent magnet school in Montgomery County, Maryland. They were among about 100 students participating at the session. Mr. Lin,...

Collen Q&A thumbnail 2005 Interview of Morris F. Collen Now Available
September 29, 2014

In Memoriam.

Morris F. Collen, MD (11/12/1913 - 9/27/2014)

Dr. Morris Collen was an internationally respected leader in medical informatics and a pioneer in electronic medical record systems.

NLM is honored to present a 2005 interview with Dr. Collen, conducted by Dean Sittig.

This interview is part of an oral history project featuring Conversations with Medical Informatics Pioneers.

Dr. Sittig recalls:

Morris was a wonderful man. Always so giving of his...

LHNCBC's Kenya X-ray Project Recognized by HHS Ignite
August 04, 2014

The Lister Hill Center’s Kenya X-ray Project, formally known as Automatic X-Ray Screening for Rural Areas, was selected as one of 13 teams out of more than 70 nominees for HHS Ignite, a departmental initiative of the HHS Innovation Council to catalyze projects by exposing teams to a network of innovators, technical experts and mentors drawn from HHS and the University of Maryland. The cash award from HHS Ignite was used to acquire field deployable equipment.

This award...

Dr. Terry S. Yoo Awarded the 2013 Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America
June 11, 2014

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has recently awarded Dr. Terry S. Yoo the 2013 Hubert H. Humphrey Award for Service to America. This is one of the highest awards given annually to select individuals within HHS who contribute to the common good and well-being of our nation’s citizens through leadership and service. Dr. Yoo was specifically cited for his leadership in open science through his work on public software that has become the standard for 3-dimensional...

New JAMIA Student Editorial Board
March 31, 2014

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Student Editorial Board (SEB). The six newly elected student members will contribute to the peer-review process for JAMIA by attending Editorial Board meetings and reviewing manuscripts. The SEB will receive feedback about their reviews as they learn about the operation of a scientific medical journal.

Congratulations to Kirk Roberts, PhD, Postoctoral Researcher, National Library of Medicine, Lister Hill Center, on being elected to the...

Family Reunification Technologies in Regional Disaster Drill
March 31, 2014

The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) TriagePic® software is used by Suburban Hospital during the March 18, 2014 region-wide PARK PLEX 2014 disaster drill to keep track of simulated patients and to demonstrate family reunification.

Many hospitals in Maryland Region V (Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George's, and St. Mary's counties) participated in the drill which involved a coordinated response to a simulated disaster incident. Some of the “victims” were...

Samuel Maynard, Montgomery Blair High School, Receives Award for work at LHNCBC
March 05, 2014

Mr. Samuel (Sam) Maynard received “First Place Computer Science” for his Senior Research Project work with Dr. Dina Demner-Fushman of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) on February 27, 2014. Judging for this 2014 Magnet Science Research Award was by a panel from the Washington Academy of Sciences. Mr. Maynard is a senior at the Montgomery Blair High School Math, Science, Computer Science Magnet Program in Silver Spring, Maryland. Mr. Maynard’s work is entitled...

Sir William Osler at the American Women's War Hospital, Paignton, England, 1915 Sir William Osler Papers Added to Profiles in Science
December 27, 2013

The National Library of Medicine has announced the addition of Sir William Osler papers to the Profiles in Science Web site. This presentation is made possible in collaboration with the Osler Library of the History of Medicine at McGill University and the Alan Mason Chesney Medical Archives of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, both of which are repositories of William Osler collections.

Born to Anglican missionaries in the Canadian frontier territory north of Toronto, Ontario,...

The NLM Medical Text Indexer Providing Baseline for International BioASQ Challenge
August 06, 2013

The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) Medical Text Indexer ( is being used as one of the baselines for the international BioASQ challenge ( The Medical Text Indexer (MTI), a system for producing indexing recommendations, assists in the indexing process at NLM. The BioASQ challenge is a series of challenges on biomedical semantic indexing and question answering with the aim of advancing the state of the art accessibility for researchers and...

New Regenstrief and IHTSDO agreement links LOINC and SNOMED CT to make EMRs more effective at improving health care
July 24, 2013

INDIANAPOLIS, USA, and COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- The Regenstrief Institute Inc. and the International Health Terminology Standards Development Organisation have signed a long-term agreement to begin cooperative work linking their leading global health care terminologies: Logical Observation Identifiers Names and Codes, or LOINC, and SNOMED Clinical Terms (SNOMED CT).

This timely and significant agreement will help improve safety, functionality and interoperability for the rapidly growing...

PEOPLE LOCATOR for the Uttarakhand, India flooding
June 27, 2013

Some persons displaced during the recent flooding in Uttarakhand India now may be found via NLM’s People Locator®. NLM’s People Locator, which began in 2010 to ease the confusion to find lost men and women after a natural or human disaster, became available shortly after the flooding began. 

Boston Marathon explosions @ NLM’s People Finder
May 09, 2013

Some persons displaced during the recent Boston Marathon explosions now may be found via NLM’s People Locator®. NLM’s People Locator, which began in 2010 to ease the confusion to find lost men and women after a natural or human disaster, became available within hours after the Boston Marathon bombings occurred.  The full transcript of this NLM Podcast is available.

Genetics Home Reference Web Site Celebrates 10th Anniversary
April 16, 2013

On April 25, 2003, the National Library of Medicine launched Genetics Home Reference (GHR), a free online resource about human genetics created for patients, families, and the general public ( The Web site provides a bridge between the public's questions about human genetics and the rich technical data that has emerged from the Human Genome Project (observing the 10th anniversary of its completion on April 25th) and other genomic research.

GHR provides...

Photo of Clem McDonald NLM’s Dr. Clem McDonald honored with Biomedical Informatics Chair
March 26, 2013

The Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, a privately endowed research institute renowned for the study of healthcare quality and economic issues, are establishing an endowed chair named in honor of Clem McDonald, MD,  director of the NLM Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC). The holder of the Clem McDonald Chair in Biomedical Informatics will be responsible for furthering the academic mission in Biomedical and...

NIH makes big deal of big data
March 14, 2013

By Anthony Brino, Associate Editor, Healthcare Payer News and Government Health IT, Healthcare IT News Created 01/14/2013

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is putting a fresh emphasis on health informatics, with Director Francis Collins, MD, creating a new advisory position and recruiting an associate director for Data Science.

Collins, a physician and geneticist, said there’s recently been an “exponential growth of biomedical research data” from genomics,...

New Style and New Content for
January 18, 2013

The Web site underwent a complete redesign and features new site navigation, new appearance, and new content for the public, patients and families, clinicians, researchers and study record data providers. is the LHNCBC-developed Web-based registry of results database of clinical research studies. Since its launch in 2000, has expanded in terms of scope, features, and intended audiences in response to the evolving policies and...

New Collaboration: Regenstrief Institute (LOINC codes) and IHTSDO (SNOMED CT codes
January 09, 2013

Two presentations from SNOMED CT 2012 Implementation Showcase present details about the IHTSDO-Regenstrief collaboration.

Turning The Pages Presents "The Anatomy of an Horse"
November 08, 2012

The National Library of Medicine and the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications announce the release of The Anatomy of an Horse, one of the most comprehensive and beautifully illustrated books about horses. This virtual book is the next in the Turning the Pages series available on its Web site, via iPad App, and in kiosks onsite at the NLM.

Printed in London in 1683, the book contains numerous engravings of horses, mainly on the dissecting table, including the...

Applying Communication Technology to NIH Research
October 15, 2012

This unusual version of a dendritic cell might be how it appears to the hunter searching for pathogens through the body. Using 3D NIH microbiology data as reference, a model was constructed by researchers in the Audiovisual Program Development Branch to interpret the dendritic cell architecture. The cell’s surface is covered by folding sheets of membranes rather than more traditionally understood tree-like or dendritic projections.

View of the Space Shuttle in Bethesda, MD
April 24, 2012

This photgraph of the Space Shuttle Discovery, with the Lister Hill Center in the foreground, was taken by NIH staff member Hanzhen Sun of NCBI from a nearby building. The escort plane is visible to the upper left of the shuttle.

On April 17, 2012, the Space Shuttle Discovery flew around the nation's Capitol as it made its final flight aboard a 747 Shuttle Carrier from Florida to Washington, DC, where it will be on display at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy...

Photo of Henry Swan Henry Swan Papers Added to Profiles in Science
January 09, 2012

American surgeon Henry Swan II (1913-1996) pioneered the use of hypothermia - cooling patients to a very low body temperature - to make possible the first open-heart surgeries. Between 1953 and 1963, while heart-lung bypass technology was still being perfected, Swan performed hundreds of successful cardiac repairs using hypothermia to temporarily stop the heart. His clinical work built on his extensive surgical lab research, which made major contributions to medical understanding of the...