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[ncbo-publictalks] REMINDER: NCBO Seminar Series - Meeting Info for Wed, May 20!

Shauna Kanel skanel at
Tue May 19 10:53:41 PDT 2009

 Hello All! 
The next NCBO Seminar Series will be held Wednesday, May 20, at 10am PST.
The seminar will be presented by NCBO collaborators Nathan Baker and David
Paik. The title of the presentation will be ³caOBR:  A tool for indexing
cancer informatics resources with Open Biomedical Resources².

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 June, or for more information about the
series, please visit the Seminar Series home page:

We hope to see you there.

Title: caOBR:  A tool for indexing cancer informatics resources with Open
Biomedical Resources

Abstract: Cancer nanotechnology is a new approach in the fight against
Nanoparticle vectors have unique physical properties that allow them
to be used for early detection, diagnosis, and therapy in almost every
type of cancer.  This highly interdisciplinary field draws from areas
such as materials science, physics, chemistry, molecular biology, and
medicine.  As a relatively new field, cancer nanotechnology presents a
unique opportunity for informatics-driven approaches to accelerate
discovery and translation.  Nanoparticles consist of 1) a core
constituent material, 2) targeting/imaging/therapeutic payloads, and
3) biological surface modifiers; and therefore are inherently
combinatorial in nature.  This combinatorial nature creates a huge
space of possible nanoparticle compositions exceeding any individual¹s
cognitive capacity.  Informatics tools are a natural fit for
addressing this need by providing decision support in the analysis and
design of nanoparticles.  We are already participating in the design,
implementation and curation of the first informatics resource for
cancer nanotechnology to explicitly address this nanotechnology
informatics need:  the caBIG nanoparticle database repository known as
caNanoLab.  In this DBP, we aim to create a powerful new toolset for
information retrieval for cancer nanotechnology-related information
using biomedical ontologies.  This talk will discuss our initial work
towards integrating new sources of nanoparticle data into Open
Biomedical Resources (OBR).  While OBR supports several existing data
sources, none of these contain the detailed nanoparticle information
needed by researchers in the cancer nanotechnology field.  We propose
to provide such information by integrating caNanoLab, a primary source
of nanoparticle data for cancer research, with the OBR service.  This
integration will also lay the groundwork for incorporating a much
wider range of biological information from a multitude of caBIG
applications via queries over the caGrid.

 Topic: NCBO Seminar Series
 Date: The 1st & 3rd Wednesday of every month
 Time: 10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (GMT -07:00, San Francisco)
 Meeting Number: 929 613 752
 Meeting Password: ncbomeeting
Please click the link below to see more information about the meeting or to
join the meeting. 
 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 join the teleconference
 Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300
 Global call-in numbers:
 For assistance 
 1. Go to
 2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".
 You can contact me at:
  skanel at
 To update this meeting to your calendar program (for example Microsoft
Outlook), click this link:
 WebEx will automatically setup Meeting Manager for Windows the first time
you join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by
clicking this link:

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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