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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality’s (AHRQ) mission is to produce evidence to make health care safer, higher quality, more accessible, equitable, and affordable, and to work within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and with other partners to make sure that the evidence is understood and used.
All the Virology on the WWW
Maintained by Dr. David Sander at Tulane University Medical School with links to virology, microbiology, and related pages.
American Public Health Association
APHA works to improve access to care, bring about health equity and support public health infrastructure. Public health is a broad field. We focus on the most important problems and solutions of our time.
American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology
In support of its mission to advance the knowledge and practice of allergy, asthma and immunology for optimal patient care the AAAAI continually endeavors to create effective and visible platforms for advocacy on issues involving the specialty and its patients.
BioInteractive Virus Explorer
Created and maintained by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Explore the similarities and differences of a variety of viruses by sorting them based on structure, genomic make-up, host range, transmission mechanism, and vaccine availability.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
The CDC is one of the major operating components of the Department of Health and Human Services. As the nation’s health protection agency, CDC saves lives and protects people from health threats. The website has a wealth of information on topics such as diseases and conditions, healthy living, global health, environmental health, and data and statistics among many more.
Created by NIH’s U.S. National Library of Medicine, this free resource provides reliable information about FDA-approved drugs.
The Ecological Society of America (ESA)
The Ecological Society of America (ESA) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization of scientists founded in 1915 to promote ecological science by improving communication among ecologists; raise the public’s level of awareness of the importance of ecological science; increase the resources available for the conduct of ecological science; and ensure the appropriate use of ecological science in environmental decision making by enhancing communication between the ecological community and policy-makers. ESA’s over 9,000 members conduct research, teach, and use ecological science to address environmental issues that include:

  • biotechnology
  • natural resource management
  • ecological restoration
  • ozone depletion and global climate change
  • ecosystem management
  • species extinction and loss of biological diversity
  • habitat alteration and destruction
  • sustainable ecological systems
Enzyme Nomenclature
Published and maintained by the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology and School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at the University of London, the full title of this database is Recommendations on Biochemical & Organic Nomenclature, Symbols & Terminology etc., of which Enzyme Nomenclature is a part.
The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI)
The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is part of the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Europe’s flagship laboratory for the life sciences. At EMBL-EBI, we make the world’s public biological data freely available to the scientific community via a range of services and tools, perform basic research and provide professional training in bioinformatics.
ExPASy is the SIB Bioinformatics Resource Portal which provides access to scientific databases and software tools (i.e., resources) in different areas of life sciences including proteomics, genomics, phylogeny, systems biology, population genetics, transcriptomics etc. (see Categories in the left menu). On this portal you find resources from many different SIB [Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics] groups as well as external institutions.
Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS)
FEMS is leading the way in promoting excellence and equality in science, and in channelling high quality knowledge to solving today’s societal problems around microbiology. It does this by funding research, publishing journals, organizing collaborative projects and partnering with other organizations.
Genetics Home Reference
Genetics Home Reference is the National Library of Medicine’s website for consumer information about genetic conditions and the genes or chromosomes related to those conditions.
Created by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is at the forefront of the administration’s health IT efforts and is a resource to the entire health system to support the adoption of health information technology and the promotion of nationwide health information exchange to improve health care. ONC is organizationally located within the Office of the Secretary for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). ONC is the principal federal entity charged with coordination of nationwide efforts to implement and use the most advanced health information technology and the electronic exchange of health information.
Health Services Research Information Central
HSRIC is a research portal of health services research resources providing numerous Internet links to data, funding announcements, reports, podcasts, discussion groups, and more. It is not an index of all health services resources on the Web. Rather, it contains selective links representing a sample of available information. Items are selected for their quality, authority of authorship, uniqueness, and appropriateness.
Created by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Provides information on healthy living, safety, and prevention for teens and children.
HIMSS is a global advisor and thought leader supporting the transformation of health through information and technology. As a mission driven non-profit, HIMSS offers a unique depth and breadth of expertise in health innovation, public policy, workforce development, research and analytics to advise global leaders, stakeholders and influencers on best practices in health information and technology.
International Medical Informatics Association
The IMIA Internet website is a service that is intended to provide useful information for IMIA members, health and biomedical informatics professionals, and other interested persons, in furtherance of IMIA’s mission as an international not-for-profit organisation registered under Swiss law (Article 60, Swiss Civil Code).
Lipid Maps
LIPID Metabolites And Pathways Strategy (LIPID MAPS) is a multi-institutional effort created in 2003 to identify and quantitate, using a systems biology approach and sophisticated mass spectrometers, all of the major and many minor lipid species in mammalian cells, as well as to quantitate the changes in these species in response to perturbation.” (NIH)
Metabolic Pathways Chart.
MetaCyc Metabolic Pathway Database
MetaCyc is a curated database of experimentally elucidated metabolic pathways from all domains of life. MetaCyc contains 2722 pathways from 3009 different organisms. MetaCyc contains pathways involved in both primary and secondary metabolism, as well as associated metabolites, reactions, enzymes, and genes. The goal of MetaCyc is to catalog the universe of metabolism by storing a representative sample of each experimentally elucidated pathway. MetaCyc applications include:

  • Online encyclopedia of metabolism
  • Predict metabolic pathways in sequenced genomes
  • Support metabolic engineering via enzyme database
  • Metabolite database aids metabolomics research
Mayo Clinic
The website for the entire Mayo Clinic system, contains information on topics like diseases, conditions and a symptom checker, research opportunities and clinical trials, as well as access to various publications.
MedGen is the NCBI’s portal to information about human disorders and other phenotypes having a genetic component. It contains a clearly defined set of concepts and terms for each phenotype including clinical findings, causative genetic variants, available clinical and research tests, molecular resources, professional guidelines, original and review literature, consumer resources, clinical trials, and links to other related resources.
Merck Manuals: Consumer Version
The Manual contains general medical information about thousands of diseases and symptoms in all fields of medicine. The Manuals are the product of collaboration between hundreds of medical experts worldwide, an independent editorial board of peer reviewers, and our editorial staff of physicians and professional medical writers and new content is published monthly.
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)
Established in 1988 as a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI creates public databases, conducts research in computational biology, develops software tools for analyzing genome data, and disseminates biomedical information – all for the better understanding of molecular processes affecting human health and disease.
National Foundation for Infectious Diseases
Founded in 1973, the National Foundation for Infectious Diseases (NFID) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to educating the public and healthcare professionals about the burden, causes, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of infectious diseases across the lifespan.
National Network of Libraries of Medicine
The mission of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is to advance the progress of medicine and improve the public health by providing all U.S. health professionals with equal access to biomedical information and improving the public’s access to information to enable them to make informed decisions about their health. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers.
Nature Documentaries
Welcome to the Nature Documentaries webpage where we uncover the best nature documentaries available online for free viewing. We try to post videos from non-profit and educational resources such as PBS/ NOVA / Nature, BBC, TED, NASA, HHMI and individuals who capture compelling moments in nature.
NIH’s Blueprint for Neuroscience Research Resources & Tools Library
The NIH Blueprint for Neuroscience Research aims to accelerate transformative discoveries in brain function in health, aging and disease. Blueprint is a collaborative framework that includes the NIH Office of the Director together with NIH Institutes and Centers that support research on the nervous system. By pooling resources and expertise, Blueprint identifies cross-cutting areas of research and confronts challenges too large for any single Institute or Center. Since its inception in 2004, Blueprint has supported the development of new research tools, training opportunities and resources to assist neuroscientists.
NIH’s Intramural Database
The NIH Intramural Database collects and disseminates information about research being performed in the Intramural Programs of the Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health. Public access.
NIH’s National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases
NIAID conducts and supports basic and applied research to better understand, treat, and ultimately prevent infectious, immunologic, and allergic diseases. For more than 60 years, NIAID research has led to new therapies, vaccines, diagnostic tests, and other technologies that have improved the health of millions of people in the United States and around the world. NIAID is one of the 27 Institutes and Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
NIH’s Research Resources
List of research initiatives under the National Institutes of Health.
Office on Women’s Health
Created by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. In addition to information about diseases and conditions and reproductive health, provides a wide variety of resources on health and wellness, including diet, mental health, and relationship safety.
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce is a collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet.
Physician’s Desk Reference
PDR delivers innovative health knowledge products and services that support prescribing decisions and patient adherence to improve health. As a leading provider of behavior-based prescription management programs, PDR provides event-driven and clinically relevant healthcare messaging through its patented process that improves patient compliance and outcomes, while preserving privacy. This network is made up of e-prescribing, electronic medical record (EMR), and electronic health record (EHR) applications, chain and independent pharmacies, and sponsors of healthcare-related education such as pharmaceutical manufacturers, health plans, payers, and pharmacy benefit managers. The Physicians’ Desk Reference® suite of services provides healthcare professionals multichannel access to important drug information: the PDR®, the most recognized drug information reference available in the U.S.; interactive drug information services for EHR/EMR systems; digital communication services;®; and mobilePDR®.
Smithsonian’s Department of Vertebrate Zoology
Created and maintained by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History’s Department of Vertebrate Zoology. The systematic and taxonomic research conducted in the department provides a solid foundation of understanding biodiversity that benefits our scientific colleagues, government agencies, conservation organizations, and individuals involved in fish and wildlife management. The department holds the largest collection of vertebrate specimens in the world, including historically important collections from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
U.S. Food & Drug Administration (USDA)
The Food and Drug Administration is responsible for protecting the public health by ensuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, and medical devices; and by ensuring the safety of our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation.
U.S. Geological Survey (USGS): Science Explorer: Biology and Ecosystems
The USGS serves the Nation by providing reliable scientific information to describe and understand the Earth; minimize loss of life and property from natural disasters; manage water, biological, energy, and mineral resources; and enhance and protect our quality of life.
World Health Organization (WHO)
Working with 194 Member States, across six regions, and from more than 150 offices, WHO staff are united in a shared commitment to achieve better health for everyone, everywhere. Together we strive to combat diseases – communicable diseases like influenza and HIV, and noncommunicable diseases like cancer and heart disease.Our main areas of work are health systems; health through the life-course; noncommunicable and communicable diseases; preparedness, surveillance and response; and corporate services. WHO partners with countries, the United Nations system, international organisations, civil society, foundations, academia, and research institutions.

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