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Kenneth Snelson's Tree sculpture in front of the Lister Hill Center.Through its biomedical informatics research, the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC) develops advanced health information resources and software tools that are widely used in biomedical research and by health IT professionals, health care providers, and consumers. Established by a joint resolution of the United States Congress in 1968, LHNCBC is an intramural research and development division of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). Seeking to improve access to high quality biomedical information for individuals around the world, the LHNCBC conducts and supports research and development in the dissemination of high quality imagery, medical language processing, high-speed access to biomedical information, intelligent database systems development, multimedia visualization, knowledge management, data mining, and machine-assisted indexing.

LHNCBC research staff is drawn from a variety of disciplines including medicine, computer science, library and information science, linguistics, engineering, and education. Research projects are generally conducted by teams of individuals of varying backgrounds and often involve collaboration with other divisions of the NLM, other institutes at the NIH, other organizations within the Department of Health and Human Services, and academic and industry partners. Staff members regularly publish their research results in the medical informatics, computer and information sciences, and engineering communities. Our Medical Informatics Training Program brings talented individuals to the Lister Hill Center to learn from and collaborate with our research staff.

LHNCBC is organized into five major components: Cognitive Science Branch (CgSB), Communications Engineering Branch (CEB), Computer Science Branch (CSB), Audiovisual Program Development Branch (APDB), and the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications (OHPCC). An external Board of Scientific Counselors meets semi-annually to review LHNCBC’s research projects and priorities.