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Tuesday, October 11, 2005


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NIBIB Launches New Web Site

A completely redesigned and enhanced web site was launched today by the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering (NIBIB). With a totally fresh appearance and format, the new web site contains more patient-oriented information on technology-based medical procedures and expanded information for prospective and current grantees, while also being more visually appealing. The new web site can be viewed at http://www.nibib.nih.gov.

“The Internet is an integral part of NIBIB’s plan to communicate mission-related activities, timely information, and accomplishments to researchers, advocacy groups, students, media, and the general public. This new web site makes it easy for anyone interested in the NIBIB to find information and answers to questions in a clear and user-friendly manner,” said institute director Roderic I. Pettigrew, Ph.D., M.D. “In addition to extensive online information, it also serves as a showcase for NIBIB grantees, whose work is featured in the e-advance section and whose stunning visuals are compiled in a picture gallery and used throughout the site.”

The NIBIB web site has also undergone significant improvement in the areas of content, navigation, and design. A “help” button located at the top of the home page provides general guidance on how to navigate the new site.

Notable content changes include the addition of health information and science education resources, a searchable funding opportunities database, an interactive calendar of events, and extensive information on the grant application process. In an effort to make information more accessible to the growing population of Spanish-speaking individuals, the web site also features a comprehensive Spanish-language section, with health information, education resources and program overviews.

The new design structure makes it easier for users to find web content. For example, the “Search” feature allows visitors to search the entire site using key words. A “Quick Links” section provides direct links to key web pages, such as the NIBIB Advisory Council, policies for researchers, and the NIH Roadmap.

Enhanced features make it easier to navigate major web site categories and to track recently visited areas. In addition, it is fully accessible by users with assistive technology devices, such as screen readers for the visually impaired.

The National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering is the newest of the 27 Institutes and Centers that comprise the National Institutes of Health. The Institute leads the development and accelerates the application of biomedical technologies. For more information on the NIBIB, visit the Institute’s website at http://www.nibib.nih.gov.

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