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
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
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.