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Center of Excellence for Inflammation, Infectious Disease & Immunity

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Center of Excellence for Inflammation, Infectious Disease and Immunity


Associate Dean of Biomedical Communications joins Center of Excellence

Rachel Walden, Associate Dean in the Department of Biomedical Communication and new member of the Center of Excellence in Inflammation, Infectious Disease and Immunity (CIIDI) took a winding path to where she is today. She feels that her varied experiences have prepared her for the unique opportunity to work with clinicians and bench scientists as a bridge to improved research and information use at ETSU.

Originally from Morristown, TN, Walden first started working in a library as a student worker at Oberlin College while studying geology. From there, she took her interest in science to the non-profit world, building skills in data-base management and health communication at an advocacy group. All the while, she had a feeling that she had caught the library bug and wanted to find a way to use her skill-set to further research efforts in health.


Rachel Walden


As a grad student, she learned to work with clinicians and researchers to find the latest and greatest in evidence-based medicine. Eventually, Walden went on to gain clinical librarian experience working primarily with Vanderbilts emergency medicine department and outpatient diabetes clinic.

Through her previous experience, Walden has gained a strong interest in evidence-based medicine. She feels as though this pairs well with CIIDIs focus on basic science and translational medicine. She looks forward to implementing systematic reviews for research projects and the opportunity to train researchers and students in objectively identifying the best sources for evidence-based medicine, research, and publication.

Additionally, Walden along with two CIIDI staff members currently act as support for the new REDCap database system recently acquired by the Center. It is hoped that as the CIIDI rolls out this new software package to members and eventually the general ETSU community that Waldens expertise will help researchers maximize the utility of this powerful new tool at their disposal.

Waldens ultimate goal is connecting the research expertise and efficiency of the medical library staff with the subject expertise of ETSUs and CIIDIs diverse group of researchers. ETSUs medical librarians are a terrific and often underutilized resource for researchers. We can help make their work more efficient by ensuring they have complete and appropriate evidence to guide their approaches. I think there is a disconnect at times, that researchers dont want to bother us, but aiding their work through our information expertise is exactly what were here for.

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