An African-American woman researcher looks into a microscope

NLM Conference Examines How to Leverage Best Practices for Clinical Research

The National Library of Medicine organized a two-day conference last month to highlight best practices for enhancing reproducibility of scientific research through increased rigor and transparency in reporting. “Consequential Clinical Research: Accelerating Continuous Improvement” included 14 sessions covering such topics as enhancing the quality of clinical research studies, achieving trustworthy results, increasing transparency, and delivering…

Kristin Browne demonstrates digital medical illustration

Busting Myths and Expanding Horizons

The students who came to NLM on June 26 to narrow down their career choices were out of luck. They were introduced to more opportunities than they dreamed possible. Through presentations, demonstrations, tours, dozens of NIH staffers wearing “Ask me about my awesome job” buttons, and even a little wizardry, students from Johns Hopkins University’s…

Michael DeBakey in surgical scrubs at Methodist Hospital, operating room in background

The Texas Tornado: NLM Commemorates Heart Surgeon DeBakey

Anyone who has ever had heart surgery owes a debt of gratitude to the late Dr. Michael DeBakey. Today, coronary bypass is considered a routine operation but heart disease wasn’t even treatable back when DeBakey graduated medical school. His work made cardiovascular surgery possible; his inventions and revolutionary procedures continue to save countless lives. A…

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Mentoring in Medicine Event Surprises and Motivates Students

The students’ gasps were audible when Dr. Lawrence Tabak, principal deputy director at NIH, shared how many times his medical school applications were rejected. Not once. Not twice. No. His 29 applications were all rejected. And yet, he persevered. Perseverance, motivation, curiosity, and the importance of mentors were just a few of the themes of…