Workshop on Ontology of Diseases

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General Information

The National Center for Biomedical Ontology will host a two-day workshop focused on the ontology of diseases. The workshop will take place on November 6-7, 2006 in Baltimore, beginning at 9am on Monday and concluding with dinner on Tuesday evening.

The goals of the workshop are to promote sound, principles-based ontology construction and to raise the level of cooperation between people who work in this and related fields.


Monday November 6

9:00am Disease Ontologies: Where We Are (Moderator: Rex Chisholm)

12:30pm Lunch

1:30pm What is a Disease? (Moderator: Barry Smith)

6:00pm Dinner

Tuesday November 7

9:00am Problems of Disease Ontologies: SNOMED CT and Beyond (Moderator: Werner Ceusters)

12:30 Lunch

1:30pm The Next Steps: Moderated Discussion (Moderatrix: Suzanna Lewis)

6:00pm Dinner


Requests for participation are welcome. Please send a brief statement of your expertise, and of the reasons for your interest in the topic of disease ontology, to Fabian Neuhaus.


Inn at the Colonnade 4 West University Parkway Baltimore, Maryland 21218 Telephone: +1 410 235 5400 Fax: +1 410 235 5572

The Inn at the Colonnade is located across from Johns Hopkins University less than four miles from Baltimore's CBD and historic Inner Harbor, and only 20 minutes from BWI International Airport.

A block of rooms have been reserved for those Workshop participants and attendees wishing to stay at the Inn at the Colonnade. Reservations may be made by calling 1-800-222-TREE. When making reservations, workshop participants and attendees are asked to identify themselves as being a member of the NCBO group. All reservations must be guaranteed for late arrival by charging to a major credit card. Workshop participants and attendees are encouraged to make room reservations no later than 10/15/06. After 10/15/06, the Inn at the Colonnade may offer unused rooms held in the NCBO block to other customers. Reservations requested by Workshop participants and attendees after 10/15/06 will be accepted by the Inn at the Colonnade based upon availability and prevailing rates.

Links and Literature

The workshop is associated with FOIS 2006 and KRMed 2006.

The OBO disease ontology.

The eVOC ontologies.

Amarnath Gupta et alia: Towards a formalization of disease-specific ontologies for neuroinformatics.

The Physiome Project.