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Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications Annual Report FY 2006
The Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC), established by a joint resolution of the United States Congress in 1968, is a research and development division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). Seeking to improve access to high quality biomedical information for individuals around the world, the Center continues its active research and development in support of the NLM mission. The Center conducts and supports research and development in the dissemination of high quality imagery, medical language processing, highspeed access to biomedical information, intelligent database systems development, multimedia visualization, knowledge management, data mining and machine-assisted indexing. An external Board of Scientific Counselors meets biannually to review the Center's research projects and priorities. The most current information about Lister Hill Center research activities can be found at http://lhncbc.nlm.nih.gov/ Lister Hill Center research staff are 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, and academic and industry partners. Staff regularly publish their research results in the medical informatics, computer and information science, and engineering communities. The Center is often visited by researchers from around the world. The Lister Hill Center is organized into five major components: Cognitive Science Branch, Communications Engineering Branch, Computer Science Branch, Audiovisual Program Development Branch, and the Office of High Performance Computing and Communications.