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NLM Director Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan Appointed Interim NIH Associate Director for Data Science

February 9, 2017

ON JANUARY 6, 2017, the National Institutes of Health announced that National Library of Medicine Director Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD will assume an additional role as NIH Interim Associate Director for Data Science.

The Associate Director for Data Science (ADDS) and team provide input to the overall NIH vision and actions undertaken by each of the 27 Institutes and Centers in support of biomedical research as a digital enterprise. Among other duties, the office oversees the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative, stimulating the best developments in the data science community.

This year will see the transition of trans-NIH data science initiatives to NLM, with the operational oversight of the BD2K initiatives being housed within the Common Funds programs in the Division of Program Coordination, Planning and Strategic Initiatives. This change builds on the recommendations by the NLM Working Group Report to the NIH Director, makes concrete steps towards the vision of NLM’s future proclaimed in the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director’s report—that the National Library of Medicine become the “epicenter of data science for the NIH.”

“I believe the future of health and health care rests on data—genomic data, environmental sensor-generated data, electronic health records data, patient-generated data, research collected data,” Dr. Brennan observed. “The data originating from research projects is becoming as important as the answers those research projects are providing.”

“NLM must play a key role in preserving data generated in the course of research, whether conducted by professional scientists or citizen scientists,” she continued. “We know how to purposefully create collections of information and organize them for viewing and use by the public. We can extend this skill set to the curation of research data. We also have the utilities in place to protect the data by making sure only those individuals with permission to access data can actually do so.”

“NLM is well positioned to add these new functions to its research portfolio,” the NLM Director observed. “In this new year and the years to follow, we welcome these exciting opportunities and challenges.”  

Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group - January 2017

January 9, 2017

Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) Multi-Council Working Group.

Name of Working Group:  Big Data to Knowledge Multi-Council Working Group

Date:  January 9, 2017 - Canceled

Place:  Teleconference
This portion of the meeting is open to the public and is being held by teleconference.  This is a listen ONLY meeting.  Please submit any questions or comments via email to the contact person listed below.

Join WebEx Meeting
Meeting number: 627 298 875
Meeting password: 1234
Dial-in: 1-877-668-4493
Open Session:  11:00am - 12:00pm ET

Discussion will review current Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) activities and newly proposed BD2K initiatives.

  • Roll Call and Introduction
  • Update from the Associate Director for Data Science
  • BD2K All Hands Meeting and Open Data Science Symposium Recap

Closed Session:  12:30pm - 3:00pm ET

Agenda:  Discussion will focus on review of proposed FY17 Funding Plans for BD2K Funding Opportunity Announcements and Administrative Supplements.

Event Contact: 
Individuals who plan to attend and need special assistance, such as sign language interpretation or other reasonable accommodations, should notify Tonya Scott, email:, phone: 301-402-9817.

Federal Register Meeting Announcement:
National Institutes of Health, Office of the Director - Notice of Meeting

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