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Voyaging to the Future

A Symposium

Thirty years ago, NCBI,, and the Visible Humans didn’t exist. Today, people around the world rely on those resources and countless discoveries, treatments and products exist in part because of them.

With this symposium, NLM hopes to learn from its past and prepare for its future. We’ve brought together leaders in science, medicine, technology and librarianship to reflect on the last 30 years and guide us as we start our next long-range plan.

We invite you to share the experience. The symposium agenda and videocast can be accessed below.

We thank the Board of Regents of the National Library of Medicine, the Friends of the National Library of Medicine, and the Medical Library Association for co-sponsoring the event.

The Symposium Agenda – May 14, 2014

8:30 am

Ronald Evens, MD, Chair, NLM Board of Regents
Glen P. Campbell, Chairman of the Board
Friends of the National Library of Medicine
Dixie Jones, MLS, President, Medical Library Association

Chair, Morning Session: Eugenie Prime, MA, MS, MBA

8:45 am

Letting Users Set the Course: NLM and Long Range Planning
Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, Director, National Library of Medicine

Seeing Genetic Sequence Data as a Natural Fit for NLM

9:00 am

Panel: Establishment of the National Center for Biotechnology Information and arrival of “Big Data”
Daniel Masys, MD, Professor of Biomedical and Health Informatics
University of Washington School of Medicine
Philip Bourne, PhD, Associate Director for Data Science
National Institutes of Health

“Raising the Floor” for Biomedical Informatics R&D and Information Services

9:15 am

Panel: Expanding the workforce and training future leaders
Joyce Backus, MSLS
, Associate Director for Library Operations
National Library of Medicine
Robert Greenes, MD, PhD, Ira A. Fulton Chair and Professor of Biomedical Informatics, The University of Arizona Cancer Center
Joyce Mitchell, PhD, Professor Emeritus, Biomedical Informatics
University of Utah School of Medicine
James Cimino, MD, Chief, Laboratory for Informatics Development, NIH Clinical Center
Lucila Ohno-Machado, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Chief, Division of Biomedical Informatics, University of California, San Diego

9:45 am

Open Microphone

10:00 am


10:30 am

Panel: Funding Informatics R&D
William Stead, MD
, Associate Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs
Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Clem McDonald, MD, Director
Lister Hill Center National Center for Biomedical Communications
Suzanne Bakken, RN, PhD, Director, Center for Evidence-based Practice in the Underserved, Columbia University School of Nursing
Graciela Gonzalez, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Arizona State University

11:00 am

Open Microphone

11:15 am

Panel: Building New Informatics R&D Resources
Tools that enable research and development
Alexa McCray, PhD, Director, Center for Biomedical Informatics
Harvard Medical School
Michael Ackerman, PhD, Assistant Director
High Performance Computing and Communications, NLM
William Lorensen, MS, Graphics Engineer
Visualization and Computer Vision Lab, GE Research
Steven Brown, MD, Director, Knowledge Based Systems
VA Office of Informatics and Analytics
Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University

11:45 am

Open Microphone

12:00 pm


Chair, Afternoon Session: Kenneth Walker, MD

Health joins the national commitment to a high-speed communications network

1:00 pm

Panel: High Performance Computing and Communications (HPCC) Program and its impact

Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, Director, National Library of Medicine
Anita Jones, PhD, University Professor Emerita, University of Virginia
Robert Kahn, PhD, Chairman, CEO and President
Corporation for National Research Initiatives
Ralph Z. Roskies, PhDScientific Director, Pittsburgh Supercomputer Center 
Processor of Physics, University of Pittsburgh

NLM Takes Advantage of the Internet: Technology Supports Policy

1:30 pm

Panel: Access to published literature

Harold Varmus, MD, Director, National Cancer Institute
Elizabeth Marincola, MBA, CEO, Public Library of Science
Gail Yukote, MLS, Associate University Librarian, University of California, Davis

1:50 pm

Panel:, Journal editors, and the Congress

Deborah Zarin, MD, Director,
Catherine DeAngelis, MD, MPH, Professor of Health Policy and Management
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Editor in Chief, Emerita, JAMA
Kenneth Mandl, MD, MPH, Professor
Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School

2:10 pm

Panel: Information for patients, families, and the public

Gale Dutcher, MS, Deputy Associate Director
Specialized Information Services, NLM
Terry Ahmed, MLS, Head, Reference and Web Services
Library Operations, NLM
Debra Lappin, JD, Counsel, Faegre Baker Daniels

2:30 pm

Open Microphone

Reaching the Underserved

2:40 pm

Panel: Outreach Partnerships

Mary Ryan, MLS, MPH, Associate Provost for Student Services and Library Director
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences Library
Bailus Walker, PhD, MPH, Professor of Environmental and Occupational Medicine
Howard University School of Medicine
Katherine Gottlieb, MBA, DPS, CEO, Southcentral Foundation

Ensuring Uninterrupted Service

3:00 pm

Ivor D’Souza, MS,
Director, Information Systems, NLM
Renee Bougard, MLIS,
Outreach Librarian, National Network Office, NLM
Steven Phillips, MD,
Associate Director
Specialized Information Services, NLM

3:20 pm

Open Microphone

3:35 pm


Look Back – Move Forward

4:00 pm

Panel: Reflections on NLM, its contributions over the past 30 years, and opportunities for the future

The Honorable Louis Sullivan, MD, former Secretary of Health and Human Services
Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD, Professor of Pediatrics &Health Sciences & Technology
Boston Children’s Hospital
Elaine Martin, MSLS, DA, Director of Library Services
University of Massachusetts Medical School


You can also watch an archived, captioned video of symposium after the event at: Search by event date or title.

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