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Office of the Director

Drs. Clement McDonald and Swapna Abhyankar giving a presentation in the NLM Visitor CenterThe Office of the Director (OD) provides overall planning, direction, coordination, and evaluation of Lister Hill Center biomedical research and development initiatives and programs. The OD senior management team plays an active role in shaping the Lister Hill Center's research agenda and provides leadership in disseminating information to the scientific and health care communities and the lay public.

An important aspect of the Lister Hill Center's success has been the incorporation of an external Board of Scientific Counselors. The Board of Scientific Counselors, composed of experts in biomedical informatics, medical sciences, and information sciences, meets biannually to review the Center's research priorities.

Additionally, the OD supports and conducts meetings, workshops, and other similar activities essential to the effective coordination and exchange of biomedical information.


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    Multiple projects in this area continue to promote the development, enhancement, and adoption of clinical vocabulary standards. Inter-terminology mapping promotes the use of standard terminologies by creating maps to administrative terminologies, which allows re-use of encoded clinical data.

  • provides the public with congressionally-mandated comprehensive information about interventional and observational clinical research studies and their results. Study sponsors include the U.S. Federal government, pharmaceutical and device companies, academic, and international organizations.

  • Infobuttons are context-aware links from one information system to another that anticipate users’ information needs, take them to appropriate resources, and assist with retrieval of relevant information.

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    LHC-Forms is a light-weight, feature-rich, open-source widget that creates input forms for Web-based medical applications or to integrate into electronic health records (EHRs), personal health records (PHRs), and mobile health apps.

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    Oral history is a method for documenting history in a vivid way by recording the voices of those who have experienced it. “Memory is the core of oral history, from which meaning can be extracted and preserved.”

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    Newborn screening (NBS) in the United States is a complex public health program. The goals of NBS are to identify infants who appear healthy but have serious conditions, begin treatment before they suffer significant disability or death, and in doing so decrease the burden of disease on society.