Dr. Charles P. Friedman has been named the National Heart, Lung,
and Blood Institute's first associate director for research informatics
and information technology.
|Dr. Charles P. Friedman has been named the
National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute’s first associate
director for research informatics and information technology.
He will provide leadership for the development and implementation
of an integrated information and knowledge management environment
that spans the range of institute activities. The new role will
bring together the science of informatics with the ongoing development
and support of NHLBI's information resources.
Prior to joining NHLBI, Friedman was on leave from the University
of Pittsburgh and had been working as a senior scholar in NLM's
extramural programs division. At Pitt, Friedman was professor of
medicine and associate vice chancellor for biomedical informatics.
While at NLM, Friedman managed its grant portfolio in bioinformatics
and computational biology as well as the library's institutional
and individual training grants in biomedical informatics. He was
part of the trans-NIH team that established the program of National
Centers for Biomedical Computing.
Originally trained in physics and education at MIT and the University
of North Carolina, Friedman has been programming computers for
research, education, business and pleasure since 1966. Looking
ahead to his new responsibilities, he noted: "In thinking about
how to realize the enormous potential of modern biocomputing to
enhance everything we do at NIH, it is important to stay focused
on the technology's role to support professional people doing difficult,
creative work. Informatics is about people and technology in tandem,
doing things together that would not be otherwise possible."