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LAMHDI : Link Animal Models to Human DIsease

June 20th, 2014 by Mary Wood


As reviewed in Lab Animal  43, 236 (2014)
19 June 2014 | doi:10.1038/laban.564i

LAMHDI : Link Animal Models to Human DIsease
is designed to accelerate the research process by providing biomedical researchers with a simple, comprehensive web-based resource to find the best animal models for their research. A stated goal is “to allow researchers to share information about and access to animal models so they can refine research and testing, and reduce or replace the use of animal models where possible.”

The site is provided by NIH National Center for Research Resources.

LAMHDI Database Search is a search of data from partners, currently including MGI, Mouse Genome Informatics;  ZFIN, Zebrafish Model Organism Database; RGD, Rat Genome Database; SGD, Saccharomyces Genome Database; and FlyBase, Database of Drosophila Genes & Genomes. Additional options include a web-search and an extensive list of Featured Resources.

Translational Medicine: Bench to Bedside

June 10th, 2014 by Mary Wood
Science Reference for Library of Congress announces availability of a new science webcast
The Library of Congress celebrated the 60th anniversary of the discovery of the DNA structure with a panel discussion that included
Nobel Laureate James D. Watson  (in collaboration with other scientists discovered the structure of DNA)
Nobel Laureate Carol Greider, Johns Hopkins Univ (and graduate of Davis Senior High, UCSB, and UCB)
Orla Smith, moderator, managing editor of Science Translational Medicine
The discussion focused on translational medicine, which takes basic scientific discoveries in the laboratory (bench) and uses it in the field (bedside) to produce new drugs, devices and treatment options of cancer and other diseases. The biological processes brought about by understanding the structure of DNA have been opening doors to new medical research and treatments since 1953.
Video also on the Library’s YouTube channel

Pain Research Database

June 6th, 2014 by Mary Wood

Federal pain research database launched




NIH news release 5.27.14: Multi-agency effort combines pain research information in easy-to-use database


The Interagency Pain Research Portfolio (IPRP), a database that provides information about pain research and training activities supported by the federal government, has been launched by six federal agencies.


.The database was developed by NIH staff and members of the Interagency Pain Research Coordinating Committee (IPRCC). The IPRCC is a federal advisory committee formed to increase understanding of pain and improve treatment strategies by expanding pain research efforts and encouraging collaboration across the government.


The database is managed by the Office of Pain Policy at NINDS
To access the IPRP database
For information about the IPRCC
For general information about pain

NIH : BRAIN Initiative

June 6th, 2014 by Mary Wood

Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN)

NIH news release 6.5.14: New report outlines initiative goals, budget, and timeline

A federal report BRAIN 2025 : A Scientific Vision calls for $4.5 billion in funding for brain research over the next 12 years.  The long-term scientific vision of the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative was presented by the NIH Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD).


For more information about the BRAIN Initiative and the ACD working group:
NIH BRAIN Initiative website
NIH BRAIN Initiative Feedback website
NIH Advisory Committee to the Director BRAIN Working Group website