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[protege-discussion] NCBO Seminar Series - Meeting Info for Wed, Aug 5th!

Shauna B Kanel skanel at
Fri Jul 31 11:35:30 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 Gombo cz, Vice President, Chief Scientific Officer at IO Informatics, Inc. The title of the talk will be “Practical use with major implications: Applied Semantic Knowledgebase (ASK™) for Predictive Biology.” 

Below is Information on how to join this week’s online meeting and accompanying teleconference. Please note there will not be a VOIP option, and attendees must call into the teleconference. 

For more information about the series, please visit the Seminar Series home page: . Information on how to join this week’s webinar is given below. To receive information on or to join any future meetings, please contact me at skanel at . 
This series aims to showcase new projects, technologies and ideas in biomedical ontology by featuring the work of a different collaborator each session. It is a webinar held online, and as such is open to anyone interested, regardless of location or affiliation. The sponsoring organization, the National Center for Biomedical Ontology ( ), is a consortium of leading biologists, clinicians, informaticians, and ontologists who develop innovative technology and methods allowing scientists to create, disseminate, and manage biomedical information and knowledge in machine-processable form. 

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 
 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: 
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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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