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[bioontology-support] MESH version

Rachael Huntley rachael.huntley at
Thu Jul 25 00:20:18 PDT 2019

Dear Jennifer and John,

Thank you very much for the information.

Best wishes,

From: John Graybeal <jgraybeal at>
Date: Wednesday, 24 July 2019 at 23:31
To: "support at" <support at>
Cc: Rachael Huntley <rachael.huntley at>
Subject: Re: [bioontology-support] MESH version


To add a little more info, we do not do any other updates to UMLS content after we load the twice-yearly UMLS update.  So BioPortal would still be based on the 2018AB release.


On Jul 24, 2019, at 11:47 AM, Jennifer Leigh Vendetti <vendetti at<mailto:vendetti at>> wrote:

Hello Rachael,

On Jul 24, 2019, at 2:48 AM, Rachael Huntley <rachael.huntley at<mailto:rachael.huntley at>> wrote:

I’m writing to ask for more information on the version of MESH that is currently available in Bioportal.
The current version is 2018AB released on 11/5/2018 and uploaded on 4/29/2019. Could you tell me whether this version contains any 2019 updates since the release date 11/5/2018 or whether it only contains the data available on that date?

We obtain MeSH content via the UMLS Metathesaurus [1], released twice per year by the National Library of Medicine.

2018AB refers to the UMLS release in the latter part of last year. According to their metadata for MeSH [2], UMLS 2018AB contains MeSH version "MSH2019_2018_07_31”.

You would need to contact the ontology maintainers to find our what they included in that release number. Contact information is available at the link I provided below [2].

Kind regards,


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John Graybeal
Technical Program Manager
Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval /+/ NCBO BioPortal
Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research

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