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[bioontology-support] Call for papers: The 8th International Workshop on Vaccines and Drug Ontology Studies (VDOS-2019)

He, Oliver yongqunh at
Wed Apr 17 21:07:18 PDT 2019

The 8th International Workshop on Vaccines and Drug Ontology Studies (VDOS-2019)
Buffalo, NY, USA.

In conjunction with the 10th International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO)
(July 29 - August 2, 2019)<>

Submission Deadline: May 7, 2019

Workshop Theme and Topics
Drugs and vaccines have contributed to dramatic improvements in public health worldwide. Over the last decades, there have been efforts in the biomedical ontology community that represent various areas associated with drugs including vaccines that extend existing health and clinical terminology systems (e.g., SNOMED, RxNorm, NDF- RT, and MedDRA), vernacular medical terminologies, and their applications to research and clinical data.

This workshop will provide a platform for discussing innovative solutions as well as the challenges in the development and application of biomedical ontologies to representing and analyzing drugs and vaccines, their administration, immune responses induced, adverse events, and similar topics. The workshop will cover two main areas: (i) ontology representation of vaccines, drugs, and vaccine/drug-related domains (e.g., adverse events), and (ii) applications of the ontologies in real world situations – administration, adverse events, etc. Examples of biomedical subject matter in the scope of this workshop: drug components (e.g., drug active ingredients, vaccine antigens, and adjuvants), administration details (e.g., dosage, administration route, and frequency), gene immune responses and pathways, drug-drug or drug-food interactions, and adverse events. Both research and clinical subjects will be covered. We will also focus on computational methods used to study these, for example, literature mining of vaccine/drug-gene interaction networks, pathway analysis, meta-analysis of host immune responses, and time event analysis of the pharmacological effects.

Submission Guidelines
For the paper submission, we will allow three submission formats:

·       full research papers (6 pages) format

·       work in progress / late breaking results (2-3 pages), and

·       a statement of interest (one page) for podium presentation.
The paper format will be the same as the format used in ICBO.

Template can be found here:

All the papers will be submitted and handled through Easy Chair:

After the full papers are accepted, we will work with the BMC Bioinformatics editors and reviewers to decide which papers will be formally invited for extension to be included in a thematic series in the BMC Bioinformatics journal. All full-length (6 pages) and short-length (2-3 pages) submissions will go through peer reviews by at least two reviewers. The one-page statement-of-interest submissions will be reviewed by the workshop organizers.

Important Dates

·       Individual Workshop Papers Due:              May 7, 2019

·       Notification of Acceptance:                       May 27, 2019

·       Revised Version Due:                               July 1, 2019

·       Workshop:                                              July 29, 2019 (tentative)

·       First Revision due to BMC Bioinformatics:  Sept 15, 2015 (tentative)


·       Cui Tao, PhD [School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston]

·       Yongqun “Oliver” He, DVM, PhD [Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan Medical School]

·       Junguk Hur, PhD [Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences]

If you have any questions or wish to inquire about the workshop, please contact:

·       Cui Tao: cui.tao at<mailto:cui.tao at>

·       Yongqun “Oliver” He: yongqunh at<mailto:yongqunh at>

·       Junguk Hur: junguk.hur at<mailto:junguk.hur at>

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