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AHCJ-NLM Health Journalism Fellowships 2011: Speaker bios

Sameer Antani is a computer scientist with expertise in biomedical image informatics, multimodal (text image) indexing and retrieval, computer vision, image processing, content-based image retrieval of images, smart-phones/tablet app development, and next-generation interactive scientific publications. In addition to scientific contributions, he serves as vice-chair for computational medicine on the IEEE Technical Committee on Computational Life Sciences and on the editorial board of the Elsevier Journal of Computers in Biology and Medicine.

Laura Bartlett is a 2007 graduate of the masters of library science program at the University of Maryland School of Information Studies. She joined NLM four years ago in the Outreach and Special Populations Branch as a technical information specialist. In this role she trains, conducts evaluations and works with specific population groups to address health information needs to reduce health disparities.
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Hilda Bastian has been involved in systematic reviewing and communicating about evidence for more than 25 years. She was a health consumer advocate in Australia and internationally. Bastian was among the founding group of the Cochrane Collaboration, an international organization that reviews evidence on the effects of health care. She headed the Health Information Department at Germany's national health technology agency (IQWiG) from 2004 to 2011, joining NLM's NCBI in 2011, focusing on improving accessibility to clinical effectiveness research through PubMed, and the development of PubMed Health.
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Rick Borchelt is a science writer and science policy analyst who has worked on the Hill, at the White House, in various federal research agencies (NASA, DOE, USDA), and in academia. In his role as special assistant to the National Cancer Institute's director, Borchelt manages NCI's research news and public affairs activities.
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Kathi Canese, M.L.S., is a senior technical information specialist at the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). She participates in search and Web design improvements, system development and testing, evaluation of user requests, technical customer support for the NLM and NCBI Service Desks, and documentation for the PubMed, NLM Catalog, MeSH and Journals databases. She also provides instruction and demonstrations on PubMed and its related features to a wide variety of audiences of existing and prospective users.
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Michael Chung, multimedia developer, Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications
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Heather Collins is a graduate of Howard University, Department of Human Genetics. She has a master's degree in human genetics and received extra training in the field of genetic counseling. Collins has done several genetic counseling internships at hospitals and clinics around the Washington metro area. She joined the NLM in 2007 as a contractor for the Genetics Home Reference website, working as a content developer. Collins researches, writes and reviews plain language summaries on genetic conditions, genes, chromosomes, and gene families. She also collaborates with outside experts in the field of medical genetics and utilizes web-based resources, both educational and advocatory.
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Kathy Cravedi, M.S., is director of NLM's Office of Communications & Public Liaison. She came to the NLM in 1994, after specializing in health care issues as a Capitol Hill staffer, beginning in 1975. She served as staff director for the House Select Committee on Aging, Subcommittee on Health and Long-Term Care, assisting its chairman, Rep. Claude Pepper, in passing legislation that resulted in the establishment of the National Institute on Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases, the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders and NLM's National Center for Biotechnology Information.
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Irene Dankwa-Mullan M.D., director, Office of Innovation & Program Coordination, National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
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Dina Demner-Fushman, M.D., Ph.D., is a staff scientist at the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications. She leads research in biomedical natural language processing, information retrieval and clinical informatics. Demner-Fushman contributes to exploiting research in natural language processing and information management for enhancing clinical infrastructure and health care delivery.
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David Hale, Specialized Information Services, National Library of Medicine
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Lisa Lang is assistant director for Health services research information of the NLM and head of its National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology. Lang leads the Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce, is part of the steering committee for the Community Health Status Indicators project and is a member of the Council on Linkages between Academia and Public Health Practice. She is also involved in NLM's health data standards development activities. Before joining the NLM, Lang worked in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, where she was at the forefront of the agency's implementation of the public-private collaboration to promote public reporting on hospital quality of care.
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Donald A. B. Lindberg, M.D., has been director of the National Library of Medicine since 1984. From 1992-1995 he served in a concurrent position as founding director of the National Coordination Office for High Performance Computing and Communications in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President. Before his appointment as NLM director, he was professor of information science and professor of pathology at the University of Missouri. He has appointments as clinical professor of pathology at the University of Virginia and adjunct professor of pathology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Lindberg was elected the first President of the American Medical Informatics Association and serves on the Computer Science and Engineering Board of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Board of Medical Examiners, and the Council of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences. Lindberg is the author of three books: "The Computer and Medical Care," "Computers in Life Science Research" and "The Growth of Medical Information Systems in the United States."
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Robert A. Logan, Ph.D., a member of the NLM's senior staff, directs research for the Office of Communications and Public Liaison. Logan chairs NLM's consumer health informatics research interest group and writes and often narrates NLM's weekly "Director's Comments" podcasts. Logan, a professor emeritus at the Missouri School of Journalism, was a professor, associate dean and director of the Science Journalism Center at the school until January 2003. He has published more than 50 refereed scholarly articles and is the first author of two books. He is a member of the editorial boards of the Journal of Mass Media Ethics, Science Communication and Mass Communication and Society and has been on the New York Times' college advisory board, and science communication boards established by NASA-Marshall and Vanderbilt University. Logan was a science writer and news editor at several Midwestern U.S. newspapers and was head of the news-editorial sequence and an affiliate professor of medicine at the University of South Florida. He has been active with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the International Society for the Scientific Study of Subjectivity.
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Clement J. McDonald, M.D., is director of the NLM's Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications. He was previously Regenstrief Professor of Medical Informatics at the Indiana University School of Medicine and the Director of the Regenstrief Institute for Health Care, a privately endowed research institute that studies health-care quality and economic issues. McDonald developed the Regenstrief Medical Record system and directed its use in clinical trials and created the Indiana Patient Care Network. He directed a NLM-funded informatics training center at Indiana University. He was one of the founders of the HL7 standards organization and is the developer of Logical Observation Identifiers, Names, Codes, an identification system for tests and results that is a U.S. clinical data standard and is used in many countries. He is a member of the Institute of Medicine and recipient of the Morris Collen Award of the American College of Medical Informatics. He serves on the board of the American College of Physicians. He is a past president of the American Medical Informatics Association and a past member of the NLM Board of Regents.
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Melanie Modlin, the deputy liaison officer and deputy director of the NLM's Office of Communications and Public Liaison, coordinates information requests from the press and public, and is involved in outreach and publicity activities.
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Andrew Plumer, an NLM reference librarian, is part of the team that creates Plumer began his career at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Center for Communication Programs (CCP), working on the Population Information Online (POPLINE) database. He served as the POPLINE liaison to the NLM. Plumer returned to CCP and became manager of the Media/Materials Clearinghouse, a collection of health promotional materials, with an emphasis on materials used in developing countries. Plumer is involved with NLM's International Programs and he conducts trainings on MedlinePlus to librarians, students and the general public.
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John Ruffin, Ph.D., is director of the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities, where he provides leadership for the minority health and health disparities research activities of the NIH. As the NIH federal official for minority health disparities research, he planned the largest biomedical research program in the nation to promote minority health and other health disparities research and training. Under his leadership, the NIH convened its first summit on health disparities in December 2008. He has been recognized by organizations including the National Medical Association, the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science; the Association of American Indian Physicians, the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities; the Society of Black Academic Surgeons; and the National Science Foundation. The John Ruffin Scholarship Program is an honor symbolic of his legacy for academic excellence bestowed by the Duke University Talent Identification Program.
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Stephanie Selmer graduated from the College of William and Mary and studied genetic counseling at the Medical College of Virginia. She recently received a Master's in public health from the University of Maryland. Selmer has worked on the NLM's Genetics Home Reference project for nine years.
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Rebecca J. Williams, Pharm.D., M.P.H., is the assistant director of She has been in this role for the past four years and oversees the administration of the results database and coordinates regulatory, policy and outreach activities related to registering and reporting results of clinical research. Her prior experience includes regulatory affairs consultant and reviewer and supervisory roles at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, Division of Drug Marketing, Advertising, and Communications. She received her Pharm.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.P.H. from Johns Hopkins University.

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Deborah A. Zarin, M.D. is the director of at NLM. She oversees the development and operation of an international registry and results reporting system for clinical trials, and the corresponding implementation of legal and other trial reporting policies. Zarin has been the director of the Technology Assessment Program at the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality and director of the Practice Guidelines program at the American Psychiatric Association. In these positions, Zarin conducted systematic reviews and related analyses in support of evidence-based clinical and policy recommendations. Zarin's academic interests are in the area of evidence-based clinical and policy decision making, as well as clinical trial conduct, analysis and reporting. She is the author of more than 70 peer-reviewed articles.
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