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CBMI Lunchtime Seminar Series

Wednesday, June 10, 2015 - 13:00 to 14:00

Olivier Bodenreider, MD, PhD, is a Senior Scientist and Chief of the Cognitive Science Branch of the Lister Hill National Center for Biomedical Communications at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.  His research focuses on terminology and ontology in the biomedical domain, both from a theoretical perspective (quality assurance, interoperability) and in their application to natural language processing, knowledge discovery, and information integration.

He will present his talk, "Phenotypes in standard terminologies and ontologies -- Bridging the gap between clinical practice and research", on Wednesday, June 10, from 1 PM to 2 PM in room 403, 4th floor Countway. Pizza will be served!

ABSTRACT: The standard terminologies used for clinical practice are not always the same as those used in basic or clinical research, resulting in limited interoperability of the datasets produced by the two communities. This gap between clinical practice and research has been observed for phenotypes, where terminologies, such as SNOMED CT, are used for clinical practice, while ontologies, such as the Human Phenotype Ontology, are used for research. In this presentation, we will discuss how phenotypes are represented in terminologies and ontologies and how lexico-syntactic techniques and description logics can be leveraged for identifying equivalence and subsumption relations across resources and derive the mappings necessary to support data integration and translational research.