FNIEHS request for comments on use of toxicology online resources – deadline Nov. 1

The information below is being shared in the event BDRP members wish to contribute to the Friends of NIEHS effort. Please note the deadline of November 1. BDRP members who submit comments are asked to copy Marcia Feldkamp (Marcia.Feldkamp@hsc.utah.edu), Chair of the BDRP Public Affairs Committee. Thank you.

On a recent Friends of NIEHS conference call, it was noted that the toxicology and environmental health online resources traditionally made available by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) at NIH are currently under review in terms of their continued availability into the future or possible discontinuation.

As part of this review process, NIEHS is interested in learning to what extent external stakeholders may be using these resources or otherwise find them to be of potential value. 

The three specific NLM-provided online resources—continuation of which is currently under review—are:

  • ToxTutor:  https://toxtutor.nlm.nih.gov/.  This resource is a “self-paced tutorial covering key principles of toxicology for users of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) chemical and toxicology databases.”
  • ToxTownhttps://toxtown.nlm.nih.gov/.  This resource “provides consumer-level information on everyday locations and situations where you might be exposed to toxic chemicals.  This site will help you better understand risks of exposure, potential health effects, and how to protect yourself.”
  • Environmental Health Student Portal:  https://kidsenvirohealth.nlm.nih.gov/.  This is a “resource for kids, parents, and teachers to find fun and educational materials related to health, science, and the environment we live in today.” 

Interested Friends of NIEHS and other external stakeholders are invited to provide feedback on this matter.  Formatting a response to the following questions is suggested: 

Please let NIEHS know (1) if you or your organization use any of the resources itemized and linked above that are hosted by the National Library of Medicine, and if so, (2) how much, in what ways, and in what situations or for what specific purposes do you use them?  Brief explanations with examples of such use, if any of these resources are so used and relied upon, would be helpful to this review process.

Please send any feedback as soon as possible and no later than Friday, November 1, 2019 to:  Jed Bullock, NIEHS Legislative Liaison and point of contact for the Friends of NIEHS, at jed.bullock@nih.gov (301-496-2919) and/or Stephanie Holmgren, Program Manager in the NIEHS Office of Data Science, at < holmgren@niehs.nih.gov > (984-287-3139).

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