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[ncbo-publictalks] REMINDER: NCBO Seminar Series - Meeting Info for Wed, Aug 5th!

Shauna B Kanel skanel at
Tue Aug 4 11:41:59 PDT 2009

Hello All! 
The next NCBO Seminar Series will be held Wednesday, Aug 5, at 10am PST. The
seminar will be presented by Dr. Erich Gombocz, Vice President, Chief
Scientific Officer at IO Informatics, Inc. The title of the talk will be
³Practical use with major implications: Applied Semantic Knowledgebase
(ASK) for Predictive Biology.²

Below is Information on how to join this week¹s online meeting and
accompanying teleconference.

Please contact me with any questions at skanel at For a schedule
of 2009 presentations through September, or for more information about the
series, please visit the Seminar Series home page:

We hope to see you there.

Title: Practical use with major implications: Applied Semantic Knowledgebase
(ASK) for Predictive Biology

Abstract:  (A full abstract and speaker bio is available on the NCBO website
at (
Predictive biology has been a major goal for several years, but has been
hampered by difficulties in meaningful semantic integration of heterogeneous
experimental and public data, and the difficulty in understanding the
complex biological functions involved. Building on advanced data access and
integration capabilities, this talk will present how semantic patterns are
used to create conclusive network models using virtually any combination of
internal experimental data and / or external published information. Using
SPARQL queries to build complex searches across multiple information sets,
patterns within and between different data types and relationships can be
detected, even if the initial datasets are not formally joined under any
common database schema or data federation method. A collection of such
models is then placed in an Applied Semantic Knowledgebase (ASK) unique to a
specific research focus.
In a live demo using combinatorial biomarkers to categorize
treatment-specific toxicity responses involving a set of very different
biological functions, it is shown how ASK makes it possible to actively
screen distributed datasets, to identify and stratify results ­ applicable
to target assessment, compound efficacy, toxicity profiling, disease
signatures, clinical trials pre-screening, and patient stratification to
provide informed decisions in life science and personalized medicine.

Topic: NCBO Seminar Series
 Date: The 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every 1 months
 Time: 10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
 Meeting Number: 926 719 478
 Meeting Password: ncbomeeting
 To join the online meeting (Now from iPhones too!)
 1. Go to
 2. Enter your name and email address.
 3. Enter the meeting password: ncbomeeting
 4. Click "Join Now".
 5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
 To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:
 To join the audio conference
 Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300
 Global call-in numbers:
 Access code:926 719 478
 For assistance 
 1. Go to
 2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".
 You can contact me at:
  skanel at
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Outlook), click this link:
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and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session
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recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, do not join the session.

Shauna B. Kanel
Communications Coordinator & Web Editor
Stanford University
Division of Biomedical Informatics Research (BMIR)
National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO)

Medical School Office Building, Room X-217
251 Campus Drive | Stanford, CA 94305-5101
(650) 736-0786
skanel at
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