Implementation of the Genomic Data Sharing Policy Begins January 25, 2015

Tue, 12/09/2014 - 12:00 -- rgm7

Genomic data sharing repositories

The NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy becomes effective with NIH grant applications submitted for the January 25, 2015, due date and thereafter. 

Investigators preparing grant applications for those due dates should prepare now if the work proposed involves the generation or use of large-scale genomic data (Suplemental Information to the NIH Genomic Data Sharing). 

Applicants preparing such grant applications are expected to:

  • state in the cover letter that the studies proposed will generate large-scale human and/or non-human genomic data
  • include a genomic data sharing plan in the application.
  • if sharing of human data is not possible, provide a justification explaining why they cannot share these data and provide an alternative data sharing plan.

Applicants who plan to use controlled-access human genomic data from NIH-designated data repositories as a secondary user to achieve the specific aims in the application should:

  • briefly address their plans for requesting access to the data
  • state their intention to abide by the NIH Genomic Data User Code of Conduct, in the Research Plan of the application.

Applicants preparing applications that involve research funded prior to the Policy's effective date should:

  • make every effort to include a genomic data sharing plan in the application that outlines plans to comply with the expectations outlined in the Policy
  • plan to transition to a consent for future research uses and broad sharing, if possible if the studies involve human participants and were initiated before the Policy's effective date and used consents that do not meet the expectations of the GDS Policy.

Additional questions:
Genomic Data Sharing Policy Team
NIH Office of Science Policy
Telephone: 301-496-9838


Library homepage redesign: Your input is needed!

Thu, 12/04/2014 - 14:39 -- Andy Hickner

Earlier this fall, we at the Medical Library decided it was time for a new look for the homepage of the library website.  We used an iterative design process to revamp the layout of the page.  A draft of the new homepage is now available for your viewing. We invite you to check out the design and "kick the tires," so to speak.  

Your feedback on the proposed design will be crucial in improving it and making sure it meets your needs.  Contact me with your thoughts and suggestions.  Be sure to note the browser and device you used to view the page - even better, attach a screenshot of how it looks on your device. 

We will be conducting user testing on the design the week of December 15.  After user testing, the page will undergo a final round of revision.  I will also provide an update on this blog summarizing key changes to the interface to help you better navigate the new look.

I look forward to hearing from you.

New Database Trials from Thieme and McGraw Hill

Thu, 11/27/2014 - 12:32 -- Andy Hickner

Cushing/Whitney Medical Library is now running trials to three databases; details are below. Please let us know what you think by sending Nathan Rupp an email.

Medlantis-Thieme eRadiology


Trial expiration date: Dec 19, 2014


Thieme eOtolaryngology


Trial expiration date: December 19, 2014


McGraw Hill Access Medicine Neurology Collection


Trial expiration date: December 5, 2014

Description: See Includes the following books:

Carney - Pediatric Practice Neurology
Kandel - Principles of Neural Science
Laoprasert - Atlas of Pediatric EEG
Lee - The NeuroICU Book
Martin - Practical Neuroophthalmology
Ropper/Samuels - Adams and Victor's Principles of Neurology
Sirven - Atlas of Video-EEG Monitoring
Waxman - Clinical Neuroanatomy, 27th edition
Souayah - McGraw-Hill Specialty Board Review Neurology
Biller - Demeyer's Technique of the Neurologic Examination
Watts - Movement Disorders, 3rd edition

Systematic Review Services at the Medical Library

Wed, 11/19/2014 - 15:19 -- Andy Hickner

Did you know our librarians are available to assist with systematic reviews?

The librarian, as full partner and co-author, is committed to collaborating and supporting the following Systematic Review tasks:

  • Determining if a systematic review has already been done on a topic.
  • Translating the research question into an appropriate search strategy.
  • Translating the search concepts into controlled vocabulary and keywords so that both precision and retrieval are maximized.
  • Choosing specific databases and other information sources to be searched.
  • Conducting the literature searches across all the information sources chosen.
  • Maintaining records of search results and following up with alerts and updates as needed
  • Helping to obtain all required articles cited in search results and other venues.
  • Providing guidance and support regarding bibliographic management tools, such as EndNote or RefWorks, to manage citations and easily produce bibliographies.
  • Writing the literature search methodology section for the submitted manuscript.

For more information, contact your department liaison

Fall Statistical and Software Workshops

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 11:50 -- Mark Gentry

The Center for Science and Social Science Information (CSSSI) is pleased to announce their Fall 2014 software and statistical workshops.  These workshops are *free* and open to all Yale affiliates.

Workshops are held Fridays. Morning workshops (9-11am) are in Rosenkranz Hall, 115 Prospect Street, downstairs in 01. Afternoon workshops (1:30-3:30pm) are in the CSSSI, Kline Biology Tower, 219 Prospect, on the lower level in C27.

 Click the workshop name to register or for more information on the content of the session.  Click here for information on classes offered at the Medical Library. 


Curatorial tour of three new exhibits in the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 12:27 -- Andy Hickner

Join us for a tour of 3 fascinating and diverse Medical Library exhibits – The Body as a Machine, Vesalius at 500, and Dangers of Underage Drinking and other Historical Posters. The tour will be led by Melissa Grafe, Librarian for Medical History, and Susan Wheeler, Curator at the Medical Library. As part of the tour, the cases will be opened to view the objects. Please meet at the circulation desk. You may RSVP to or at 203 785-4354.

New Interface for ClinicalKey

Thu, 09/18/2014 - 09:02 -- Nathan Rupp

A new interface for ClinicalKey will be released on September 23. The new interface will include a cleaner, mobile-friendly design for discovering clinical content on the go. It will also introduce 1,400 topic pages that offer quick access to point-of-care content, including risk factors, treatments, and more.

For further information about the new interface, go to

Electrosurgical in the Operating Room

Fri, 09/12/2014 - 08:37 -- Andy Hickner

(Post authored by Terry Dagradi)
Cushing operating at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
Cushing operating at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital
Photo by Dr. Walter Willard Boyd 1928-32

On October 1, 1926 at Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts, Harvey Cushing performed an operation—removal of a mass from a patient’s head -- using the first commercial electrosurgical generator developed by to William T. Bovie [1], an engineer employed at Harvard University. The Bovie unit passed high frequency alternating current into the body, allowing the current to cut or coagulate. The device drastically reduced the complications of bleeding during intracranial operations, further reducing the mortality rates during brain surgery. After 88 years this basic device remains a fundamental tool in the practice of surgery.

When Cushing began his surgical career in the early 1900s, brain tumors were considered to be inoperable. At that time the mortality rate for a surgical procedure involving the opening of the skull was around 90%. Cushing dramatically reduced the mortality rate for neurosurgery to less than 10%, and by the time of his retirement from the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital in 1932, he had successfully removed more than 2,000 tumors.[2]

[1] Bovie, WT; Cushing, H (1928). "Electrosurgery as an aid to the removal of intracranial tumors with a preliminary note on a new surgical-current generator". Surg Gynecol Obstet 47: 751–84.


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