IO Informatics’ Quarterly Newsletter - Spring 2011

In this issue:

·          GEN Article and W3C Use-case

·          BioIT conference (Workshop, Best Practices, Best in Show, poster)

·          Webinar series

·          Molecular Medicine Tri-conference tutorial

·          B2PM conference


Breaking News

·         Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News (GEN) Article

IO was featured in the March 15th  edition (Vol. 31, No. 6) of GEN in an article entitled, “Semantics Integration Tools Free Up Data: IO Informatics Attempts to Make Life Science Research Easier with Suite of Software Products.”

·         The World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) Semantic Web Use-Case

The W3C Semantic Web has posted a customer use-case by IO Informatics and the University of British Columbia entitled, “Case Study: Applied Semantic Knowledgebase for Detection of Patients at Risk of Organ Failure through Immune Rejection.” The use-case describes a web and smart-phone enabled system that helps clinicians assess the risk of organ failure through immune rejection.

Upcoming Events

·         BioIT World (Booth, Workshop, Poster, and Awards)

IO will be attending the Bio IT World Conference & Expo April 12-14, 2011 at the Commonwealth Complex, World Trade Center in Boston, MA.

Please visit our booth 102 for live demonstrations and learn about our newest tools to ease data integration challenges.

As part of the Pre-Conference Workshops: “Creating a Best of Breed Informatics Environment for Your Organization,” Dr. Jonas Almeida, Abell-Hanger Distinguished Professor, Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center will be using IO’s Knowledge Explorer to highlight best-in-class integration tools.

IO will have a poster entitled, “Semantic Data Integration: Answer to Complexity in Translational Research” at the conference.

We have entered for the Best Practices and Best of Show awards at the show; please keep your fingers crossed!

Recent Activity

·         Best Practices for Personalized Medicine (B2PM)

The Prevention of Organ Failure Centre of Excellence (PROOF Centre) and IO co-organized a personalized medicine conference in March. The meeting was integrated into the week of the Annual Heart + Lung Research & Education FEST hosted by the Institute for Heart + Lung Health in Vancouver. The inaugural event exceeded expectations and we look forward to having another meeting in 2012. Conference highlights can be seen on the website

·         18th International Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference (TRI-CON)

As part of the TRI-CON Kevin Davies, Chief Editor, Bio-IT World, and Raymond Ng, IO, PROOF Centre of Excellence, taught a short course on “Best Practices in Translational & Personalized Medicine.” During the session, IO Informatics’ Knowledge Explorer tool was highlighted as a product for fast and easy integration.

Monthly Webinar Series

·         Integrating Experimental Data

Tuesday, April 19, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST

Make use of semantic technologies to combine various experimentally-derived data including all types of –omics data. Learn how flexible software tools and methods are being applied to maximize insight and knowledge. This session will highlight easy and rapid integration of both biological and chemical data.
Registration is required.

·         Knowledge Building Environments

Tuesday, May 17, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST

Agile integration standards and practices make it possible to connect data sources, statistical methods to create Knowledge Building Environments. These environments lead to testable hypotheses and actionable knowledge that is flexible and extensible to changing data resources and needs. This session will demonstrate how to leverage three key categories of knowledge building environments: Experimental Data Integration, Computational and Predictive Biology workflows using statistical methods, and Knowledge Resources. Learn how today’s Knowledge Building Environments are being applied to solve real problems.  Registration is required.

·         Translational Medicine for Screening

Tuesday, June 14, 2011 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM PST

Translational medicine for predictive screening has been a Life Science goal for years, but real-life use cases have only recently been demonstrated. This webinar will show examples where semantic biomarker patterns are being generated and applied as predictive network models. These web-accessible patterns, or “Applied Semantic Knowledgebases” (ASK), are used for hypothesis testing and decision support in Life Sciences and for patient screening in Healthcare. Registration is required.    


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