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Conference Exhibit Schedule

SIS staff will be available at these meetings and conferences.

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Disaster Information Management Research Center

Changes to CHEMM (Chemical Hazards Emergency Management)

CHEMM has been updated and enchanced to include the following:

  • Updated and enhanced content on Decontamination Procedures, Discovering the Event, and Training and Education,
  • An NIH CounterACT program funded database with information on twenty-two medical countermeasures,
  • Content for how emergency responders can recognize and handle events dealing with toxic gases generated by the combinations of consumer products or common household chemicals,
  • A workshop report describing toxic chemical syndromes, or toxidromes, that lays the foundation for a consistent lexicon for use in CHEMM and for other uses that, if adopted widely, will improve response to chemical mass exposure incidents,
  • A toxidromes outreach plan whose goal is to raise widespread awareness and encourage use of the toxidromes throughout the stakeholder community, and
  • An evaluation and validation plan for CHEMM's Intelligent Syndromes Tool (CHEMM-IST) that, once completed, will move CHEMM-IST from its current state as a prototype to a product ready for use in an operational response environment.

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Environmental Health & Toxicology

Haz-Map Updated

917 new chemical/biological agents have been added to Haz-Map. The resource now contains 11,558 records.

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K-12 Science and Health Education

TOXinvaders, an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad

TOXinvaders is an environmental health and toxicology game for iPhone and iPad. It is available from the Apple Store. TOXinvaders supports middle school science concepts pertaining to chemistry, the environment, and health. It can serve as an engaging classroom or homework activity for middle and high school students, as well as an entertaining learning activity for gaming aficionados of all ages. In the classroom environment, TOXinvaders works best as a supplement to NLM Tox Town, Environmental Health Student Portal, TOXMAP, and ChemIDplus Web sites.

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HIV/AIDS Information

AIDSource: a Redesigned, Mobile-Optimized HIV/AIDS Information Website from the National Library of Medicine

The National Library of Medicine’s web portal for HIV/AIDS information has been redesigned and given a new name. The new website, AIDSource, offers access to a comprehensive collection of HIV/AIDS-related information resources that are reviewed and selected by expert information specialists and librarians.

Visitors to AIDSource will now be able to view the website content on their mobile device. The website is now automatically optimized for display across all device types, including desktop computers, tablets, and smartphones. Feedback received through a website survey conducted in 2014 contributed to the design of the website. In addition to responsive design, the new AIDSource design also includes the following new features:

  • Addition of a slider feature that highlights resources of interest
  • Addition of images for topics
  • Improvements in website navigation, including a menu on all pages of the website that provides access to all topic areas

The AIDSource website was initially developed by NLM to provide quality reviewed current content about HIV/AIDS. In 2005, it was linked to AIDSinfo to make access easier for both sites. AIDSinfo offers access to the latest, federally approved HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, HIV treatment and prevention clinical trials, and other research information.

The mission of AIDSource is to serve as a reliable source for access to HIV/AIDS-related information from federal and non-federal sources Resources included on the AIDSource website are organized by both topic of interest and audience, and information is available in English and Spanish.

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TOXNET Training

TOXNET Training Schedule and Manual

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News Archive

Visit the News Archive for earlier announcements.

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