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[protege-discussion] NCBO Webinar Series - Amar Das, Oct 7

Trish Whetzel plwhetzel at
Mon Oct 5 11:53:14 PDT 2009

The next NCBO Seminar will be held Wednesday, October 7 at 10am PT. Please
note there will not be a VOIP option and attendees must call into the

The Seminar will be presented by Dr. Amar Das, Assistant Professor of
Medicine and of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.
The title of the presentation will be “An Ontology-Based Approach for
Computational Phenomics: Application to Autism Spectrum Disorder”. Below is
Information on how to join the online meeting and accompanying
teleconference. For a schedule of the 2009 presentations or for more
information about the NCBO Seminar series, see:

An Ontology-Based Approach for Computational Phenomics: Application to
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Much still remains unknown about causal pathways between genes and complex
traits in common disorders, such as cardiac disorders and mental illness.
Success in genetic studies of such heterogeneous conditions may depend upon
having a well-defined, standardized set of phenotypes that can support
analyses of homogeneous subgroups (‘forward genetics’) or groupings based on
available genetic marker data (‘reverse genetics’).  Phenomics—the
systematic cataloging of phenotype terms on a genome-wide scale—is still
emerging as a scientific field.  A critical limitation to its growth is the
lack of informatics tools to characterize, manage, and analyze phenotypes.
In this talk, I will discuss research on a knowledge-based approach for
phenomics, which includes the use of Semantic Web ontology and rule
languages to encode and organize phenotypes and the visualization of this
knowledge to inspect relationships among phenotypes.  I will discuss the
results of applying our approach to autism spectrum disorder in our
collaborative work with NIH’s National Database for Autism Research.

WebEx Details:
Topic: NCBO Seminar Series
Date: The 1st Wednesday of every 1 months, from Wednesday, October 7, 2009
to no end date
Time: 9:45 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 only
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:
whetzel at

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you join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by
clicking this link:
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