NCRR’s Mission and Significance to Laboratory Animal Science
The National Center for Research Resources (NCRR), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), provides laboratory scientists and clinical researchers with the tools and training they need to understand, detect, treat, and prevent a wide range of diseases. NCRR supports all aspects of clinical and translational research, connecting researchers, patients, and communities across the nation.This support enables discoveries made at a molecular and cellular level to move to animal-based studies, and then to patient-oriented clinical research, ultimately leading to improved patient care. NCRR convenes innovative research teams and equips them with essential tools and critical resources needed to tackle the nation's complex health problems through programs such as the Clinical and Translational Science Awards. (http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/about_us/mission_statement.asp)
Research and Animal Facilities Improvement programs increase the nation's ability to conduct state-of-the-art research by providing competitive funding to modernize and construct research facilities that support basic and or clinical investigations. Funding has supported the construction of cancer and other biomedical research laboratories, improved research imaging capabilities, and created facilities for research animals. (http://www.ncrr.nih.gov/research_infrastructure)
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USDA’s National Agriculture Library Releases Updated Thesaurus
On 21 January 2011,The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Library (NAL) released the 2011 edition of its online NAL Agricultural Thesaurus and Glossary (NALT),with new3,441 new terms and 321 definitions.
Expanded especially in areas of nanotechnology, food safety risk assessment, and sustainable agriculture, this thesaurus now contains more than 82,000 terms. It has an international following and is regarded as among the most authoritative resources of its kind. It is produced cooperatively in English and Spanish by NAL and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture.
Thesaurus and Glossary
National Agricultural Library,USDA, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (http://agclass.nal.usda.gov/agt.shtml)
•The Thesaurus and Glossary are online vocabulary tools of agricultural terms in English and Spanish produced cooperatively by the National Agricultural Library, USDA, and the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture through the Orton Memorial Library, the Mexican Network of Agricultural Libraries (REMBA), as well as other Latin American agricultural institutions belonging to the Agriculture Information and Documentation Service of the Americas (SIDALC).
- Annual update each January since 2002
- Spanish/English parallel bilingual versions
- In depth coverage of agriculture, biology and related disciplines
- Contains over 80,000 terms, including 33,000 cross references
- Glossary of definitions for technical terms
- Regional terms of Latin American Countries
- Download in XML, SKOS, PDF, MARC and DOC formats
- 24/7 accessibility since 2002,with backup mirror site
Browsable by 17 subject categories, e.g., “Food and Human Nutrition”