Joshua Lederberg Awarded Presidential Medal of Freedom

In December, President George W. Bush bestowed the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian award, on Joshua Lederberg, PhD, and nine other distinguished Americans. Recipient of the 1958 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for his research in genetic structure and function in microorganisms, Lederberg was a member of the National Library of…

NLM Awards Over $75M in Biomedical Informatics Training Grants

Continuing a 30-year tradition of sponsoring biomedical informatics research training, in November the National Library of Medicine awarded 18 grants totaling more than $75 million to a programmatically diverse group of physicians, biologists, computer scientists and engineers from around the country. The Biomedical Informatics Program, which seeks to apply computer and communications technology to improve…

Profiles in Science Adds Apgar, Varmus and Heidelberger

Profiles in Science, the National Library of Medicine Web site celebrating 20th century leaders in medical research and public health, added Virginia Apgar, MD, Harold Varmus, MD, and Michael Heidelberger, PhD, in 2006. This brings to 20 the number of outstanding figures whose personal and professional records and papers are on the site. In 1949,…

Genome Database, dbGaP, Pays Off for Patients and Taxpayers

Branded a “new milestone in data sharing” by National Library of Medicine Director Donald A.B. Lindberg, MD, the new database of Genotypes and PhenoTypes (dbGaP), was launched in December to distribute data from genome-wide association (GWA) studies. National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Branch Chief James Ostell, PhD, noted that “the potential scientific advances from…