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QIAGEN Clinical Insight®: new tool for clinical labs interpreting and reporting on genomic variants

June 9, 2015 - 1:30pm by Rolando Garcia-Milian

QUIAGEN has announced the launching of its new tool Clinical Insight® (QCI)  for interpreting and reporting on genomic variant resulting from next-generation sequencing.  According to this company, the new tool can classify variant, identify treatment options, and perform geographical clinical trial matching. QCI has been evaluated in collaboration with Emory University School of Medicine and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, among 50 other groups.  Clinical Insight® for Somatic Cancer provides clinical decision support for routine somatic cancer testing laboratories. QUIAGEN’s knowledge base contains millions of expert-curated biomedical finding and mutations from the literature and public databases that is used to build up-to-date pathways and networks related to diseases and drugs. The Cushing/Whitney Medical library provides access to two concurrent seats of QUIAGEN’s Ingenuity Pathway Analysis. For questions on accessing IPA or any other knowledge based product (MetaCore, BIOBASE, etc.) through the medical library, please contact Rolando Milian Join the End-User Bioinformatics Network (EBNET) and become a member of a community that collaborates on end-user bioinformatics events, training sessions, resources, and tools that support biomedical research.

Medical Historical Librarian profiled in Yale Medicine

June 5, 2015 - 1:26pm by Andy Hickner

Medical Historical Librarian Melissa Grafe is featured in the latest issue of Yale Medicine:  Now, Grafe pursues her interests in medical education and the history of medicine at work every day. As director of the Medical Historical Library, she helps students and scholars navigate its collections, housed within the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library. She curates exhibits that showcase materials from the library’s more than 140,000 volumes, as well as thousands of manuscripts, drawings, prints, incunabula, and other items spanning every era of medical history. Recent exhibits range from the 16th-century anatomical drawings of Vesalius, some of which incorporate an ingenious lift-the-flap design not unlike what we see in children’s books today, to 1970s-era Technicolor posters highlighting the dangers of excessive drinking. Read more here. 

Cushing Center featured in Atlas Obscura

May 18, 2015 - 5:20pm by Andy Hickner

On May 30, the Cushing Center will be one of the destinations for Obscura Day.  Obscura Day will include "more than 150 events in 39 states and 25 countries, all on a single day, and all designed to celebrate the world's most curious and awe-inspiring places."  Other Obscura Day destinations will include the ghost towns of Chernobyl, Mayan ruins in Mexico, and Pasadena's Bunny Museum, to name just a few. A recent article published by Atlas Obscura features some newly digitized images from the Cushing Tumor Registry:  http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/cushing-tumor-registry-cushing-whitney-medical-library

2013-2014 Annual Report now online

May 7, 2015 - 1:23pm by Andy Hickner

(by John Gallagher, Interim Director) On behalf of the staff of the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, I’m honored to present this year’s Annual Report. Whether supporting the clinical, research, or educational goals of users, the Library seeks to be an essential and valued research partner. This report highlights a wide range of activities and accomplishments, including: The diverse roles librarians have played in the clinical setting A 10% increase in the University’s overall compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy, thanks in part to Library support The acquisition or licensing of new resources and collections Librarian assistance with videos for the new Yale School of Medicine (YSM) flipped curriculum A systematic review service supporting the publication of many articles, several of which listed librarians as coauthors The Library’s formal designation as a Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Collaborating Centre Delivery of Library services, resources, and expertise to Yale School of Nursing (YSN)’s new home on West Campus Facility upgrades in study spaces provided by the Library Record use of the Library’s world-class historical collections in classes, exhibits, and research The addition of Finn, a therapy dog, who visited the Library most Fridays And more! All of us at the Medical Library share a deep sense of pride in this year’s accomplishments, and it is with optimism and enthusiasm that we look forward to supporting and serving our users in the coming year.

In memory of Lynn Sette

May 4, 2015 - 9:31am by Andy Hickner

Sadly, after a long illness, Lynn Sette passed away peacefully last week. Lynn was beloved by so many here at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, as a truly kind and considerate friend and colleague.  Lynn first joined the Medical Library as an Acquisitions Assistant in 1979. She earned her Masters in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University in 1983, and truly loved being a reference librarian since then.  She was very passionate about her work, and served as a library liaison to the Departments of Pediatrics and Dermatology, as well as a personal librarian for medical students. Among her proudest accomplishments was her collaboration with staff at the New Haven Free Public Library to create a consumer health information resource and collection there to serve the health information needs of New Haven residents. For many years Lynn also volunteered weekly at Yale New Haven Hospital’s Newborn Special Care Unit, work that was extremely close to her heart.  Please join the Library in extending our most heartfelt condolences to Lynn’s family. 
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