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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 (http://ghr.nlm.nih.gov/). 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.
The Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care are establishing an endowed chair named in honor of Clem McDonald, MD, director of the NLM Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications.
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.
The ClinicalTrials.gov 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.
Two presentations from SNOMED CT 2012 Implementation Showcase present details about the IHTSDO-Regenstrief collaboration.
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.
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.
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 Center near Dulles International Airport.
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 physiological and metabolic processes of hypothermia, shock, and hemorrhage.