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Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications

Senator Joseph Lister Hill was one of America's foremost healthcare proponents. Throughout over forty years in Congress, Senator Hill championed numerous pieces of health care legislation, including legislation that created the National Library of Medicine ( Named in honor of Senator Hill, the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications ( is a research and development division of the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Seeking to improve access to high quality biomedical information for individuals around the world, the Center continues its active research and development in support of the NLM's mission. Research and development conducted by the Lister Hill Center has led to many advances in biomedical communication and information dissemination. Examples of advances resulting from Center research include:

The Lister Hill Center applies research and development towards all aspects of creating and obtaining high quality biomedical information. Research priorities include; dissemination and utilization of high quality imagery, improving access to biomedical information, medical language processing, intelligent database systems development, multimedia hypertext information delivery, knowledge management, data mining, and machine-assisted indexing for information classification and retrieval. The advances in research and development listed above are merely a few of the innovative research activities pursued by the Lister Hill Center.

Individuals with backgrounds in medicine, computer science, library and information sciences, linguistics, cognitive science, education, and engineering work together to maintain the Center's leadership position in biomedical information research and development. Recognizing the importance of ensuring the future of medical informatics, the Lister Hill Center offers a Medical Informatics Training Program for students and visiting scientists. The Training Program ranges from a few months to more than a year.

The Center is divided into several branches and offices:

For additional information, visit the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications home page at

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Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications
National Library of Medicine
8600 Rockville Pike Bethesda, MD 20894 USA
Phone: (301) 496-4441
FAX: (301) 402-0118

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Last reviewed: 18 July 2008
Last updated: 18 July 2008
First published: 01 January 1997
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