Louise Pape
425 Henry Mall Rm 3445
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-265-7935


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425 Henry Mall Rm 3420
Madison, WI 53706
Phone: 608-262-4366



The National Library of Medicine (NLM) in Bethesda, Maryland is a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Since its founding in 1836, NLM has played a pivotal role in translating biomedical research into practice. It is the world's largest biomedical library and the developer of electronic information services that deliver trillions of bytes of data to millions of users every day. Scientists, health professionals, and the public in the United States and around the globe search the library's online information resources more than one billion times each year. Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan (Professor of Nursing, Industrial & Systems Engineering, and of Biostatistics & Medical Informatics at UW-Madison) has been appointed to be Director of the National Library of Medicine effective August 2016.

NLM supports research training in biomedical informatics at 14 educational institutions in the United States. These programs offer graduate education and postdoctoral research experiences in a wide range of areas including: health care informatics, bioinformatics and computational biology, clinical research translational informatics, and public health informatics. In addition to full-length pre-doctoral and post-doctoral appointments, many of NLM's training programs offer special short-term (3 month) training appointments that are available only to individuals from these groups. Many programs also offer additional tracks in areas such as imaging, dental, and library informatics. For further details about each program, where they're located, and their admission requirements, please contact the individual training program listed at NLM's website. Learn about other NLM Biomedical Informatics Training Programs.

Each summer trainees attend a two-day meeting held at the NIH campus in Bethesda or at one of the NLM’s training sites. The purpose of these meetings is to allow NLM trainees, program directors, and program staff to exchange ideas and information.

2019 NLM Training Conference

The 2019 NLM Informatics Training Conference will be held June 24-25, 2019 at the Crowne Plaza Indianapolis–Downtown – Union Station, hosted by Indiana University/Regenstrief.

2018 NLM Training Conference

The 2018 NLM Informatics Training Conference was held June 4-5, 2018 at Vanderbilt University

2017 NLM Training Conference

The 2017 NLM Informatics Training Conference was held June 5-6, 2017 at University of California, San Diego

At the 2016 Conference, the following CIBM Trainees gave oral presentations

  • Ross Kleiman, High-Throughput Machine Learning from Electronic Health Records (platform presentation)
  • Burcu Darst, Longitudinal Metabolome Wide Association Study of Cognitive Decline in Healthy Adults (focus presentation)
  • Timothy Rhoads, Dental Plaque Meta-omics for Diagnosis of Oral and Systemic Disease (open mic presentation)
  • Jamie Fox, From Genetic Informatics to a Biological Model: Analysis of Genetic Variants of SLC5A (open mic presentation)

Past NLM Training Conferences

Also see NLM Rotations for Medical Informatics Trainees for opportuniies to work with Lister Hill National Center staff and scientists.