Milton Corn, Ph.D.
Acting Associate Director, Extramural Programs, U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health
April 20, 2001, 12:00 p.m.
Colonial Penn Center Auditorium
(3641 Locust Walk)
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) was an early adopter of information technology as a means of managing its literature collection, and soon migrated into a more general appreciation of the potential of informatics for medicine. NLM's grant programs in support of informatics research and for training of informaticians began almost 20 years ago. However, NIH in general had little interest and less respect for the "clinical" informatics that was the principal focus of medical informatics during the 1980s, and NLM, one of the smaller Institutes, remained the sole reliable supporter of the new field.
During the 1990s, the need for informatics was forced on the NIH campus by the growing realization that the large datasets generated by genomics and neuroscience research could not be efficiently handled by the primate cortex. The Human Genome and the Human Brain projects were early converts, although their interest was relatively narrow and did not result in a significant increase for informatics in general. In 1999, the BISTI report, which predicted a central role for biomedical computing in almost all future biological research, had an explosive effect on NIH with the result that many of the Institutes have now allocated significant resources to informatics research and to informatics training in a broad variety of programs.
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