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Nov 21, 2006

National Library of Medicine Awards $75M for Informatics Research Training

  • Donald A.B. Lindberg, M.D., director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), a part of the NIH, announced that the NLM is awarding 18 five-year grants, totaling more than $75million, for research training in biomedical informatics.

    "NLM's informatics training programs produce investigators trained in applying biomedical computing to improve clinical medicine, basic biomedical research, clinical and translational research, public health, and other health-related areas," said Dr. Lindberg. "Such specialists are vital for research in such key areas as the human genome, application of genomics to treatment and diagnosis, and the use of electronic health records to improve care and reduce error."
    Currently, with 18 informatics programs, NLM supports nearly 300 pre-doctoral and post-doctoral trainees each year.



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