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LHNCBC: Welcome

Welcome to the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications (LHNCBC).

Established by a 1968 Joint Resolution of the United States Congress in 1968, the Lister Hill Center is a research and development division of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. Seeking to improve access to high quality biomedical information for individuals around the world, the Lister Hill Center conducts and supports research and development in the dissemination of high quality imagery, medical language processing, high-speed access to biomedical information, intelligent database systems development, multimedia visualization, knowledge management, data mining and machine-assisted indexing.

Lister Hill Center research activities fall into several broad categories. Language and knowledge processing research involves basic research in medical language processing and medical knowledge representation. Image processing research involves the development of algorithms and methods to effectively process biomedical images of all types. We develop and continue to support a number of information systems, all of which are informed by our basic research activities.

A diverse staff with backgrounds in medicine, computer science, library and information sciences, linguistics, cognitive science, education, and engineering are committed to maintaining the Lister Hill Center's leadership position in biomedical information research and development. Staff regularly publish their research results in the medical informatics, computer and information science, and engineering communities. The Lister Hill Center is often visited by researchers from around the world. Our Medical Informatics Training Program brings many talented individuals to the Lister Hill Center to learn from and collaborate with our research staff.

I invite you to explore our Web site and learn about the exciting work being conducted by Lister Hill Center supported research. Our Web site offers consumer-oriented information as well as information for the scientific community.

Thank you for your interest in biomedical informatics and the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications.

Clement J. McDonald, M.D.