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STANFORD, CA - August 3, 2009.

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 “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

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.

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 – IO Informatics ASK Presentation
Date: Wednesday, August 5
Time: 10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Meeting Number: 926 719 478
Meeting Password: ncbomeeting
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Shauna B. Kanel
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Stanford University
Division of Biomedical Informatics Research (BMIR)
National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO)

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