NIH wants your input

NIH is seeking time-sensitive input on various initiatives within four separate Institutes:

National Library of Medicine (NLM): NIH Director Working Group deliberations
In order to chart the course for the future of the world’s largest biomedical library, the NIH Director established a working group to review the current state of the NLM as well as to articulate a strategic vision for its future as an international leader in biomedical and health information. Comments are being sought regarding the current value of and future need for NLM programs, resources, research and training efforts and services. Responses must be submitted electronically and will be accepted through March 13, 2015.

Core Centers for Clinical Research: National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS)
NIAMS invites comments from the community (researchers, members of scientific organizations, and more) to provide their perspective on core centers for clinical research in arthritis, musculoskeletal and skin diseases. This input is intended to inform NIAMS about critical aspects related to the structure and function of future core centers in support of this clinical research. Responses must be submitted by email and will be accepted until March 27, 2015.

Whole Genome Sequencing Project: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)
The NHLBI seeks feedback to help guide the creation of a resource and to stimulate discovery in Precision Medicine of heart, lung and blood (HLB) disorders as part of the Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS) Project.  This Project is envisioned to encompass deep phenotyping from the molecular to the environmental level which will be shared widely with the scientific community through a data/scientific commons. Responses must be submitted via email by April 20, 2015.

Fertility Status and Overall Health: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
As a preliminary effort in planning a scientific research workshop and for other potential future uses, NICHD seeks comments and suggestions about research on the use of fertility status as a marker of overall health, including information on the current state of the science, the highest priorities moving forward, and potential conceptual or technical barriers to overcome. All comments must be submitted by email by March 20, 2015.

By providing input you have the opportunity to influence NIH policy at the federal level and help direct programs that may be of benefit to your research and to OHSU as a whole.