IDO Workshop, Dallas, December 8-9, 2010

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A two-day IDO workshop for invited participants will be held in Dallas, Texas, on December 8-9, 2010. This meeting is being organized as part of the series of Dissemination Workshops organized under the auspices of the National Center for Biomedical Ontology (NCBO).

The Infectious Disease Ontology (IDO) is a general terminology, taxonomy, and logical representation of entities relevant to all infectious diseases. IDO is already being applied through disease-specific IDO extensions to the study of seven diseases, including diseases of bacterial, viral, and eukaryotic origin.

Recently, the IDO has been adopted by the virus and bacterial Bioinformatics Resource Centers (BRCs) established by the NIAID to serve integration of a broad array of -omics, epidemiological and clinical data. IDO will also be used by the Pathogen Portal repository linking all four BRCs.

For more information about IDO and its sub-domain extensions, see

Provisional Goals

  • Review of the IDO core and of existing IDO extensions
  • IDO and the BRCs
  • Presentation of applications of IDO in areas such as:
clinical data integration
text and data mining
genetic susceptibility to infectious disease
disease surveillance
  • Planning for the introduction of new IDO extensions
  • Relations between IDO and other ontologies


Day 0: Tuesday, December 7

  • 7:00pm - Dinner

Day 1: Wednesday, December 8

  • 8:30am - Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00am - Session 1
  • 11:00am - Refreshment Break
  • 11:30am - Session 2
  • 12:30pm - Lunch
  • 1:30pm - Session 3
  • 3:30pm - Refreshment Break
  • 4:00pm - Session 4
  • 6:00pm - Dinner

Day 2: Wednesday, December 9

  • 8:30am - Continental Breakfast
  • 9:00am - Session 5
  • 11:00am - Refreshment Break
  • 11:30am - Session 6
  • 12:15pm - Lunch
  • 1:45pm - Session 7
  • 4:00pm - Close


One person will designated as moderator for each session. All sessions will emphasize group discussion over presentation.


List of Intending Participants

Lindsay Cowell (Duke University Medical Center)

Alexander Diehl (Gene Ontology / The Jackson Laboratory)

Yongqun "Oliver" He (University of Michigan Medical Center)

Joanne Luciano (Predictive Medicine, Inc.)

Anna Maria Masci (Duke University Medical Center)

Alan Ruttenberg (Science Commons)

Richard Scheuermann (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas)

Barry Smith (NCBO / University at Buffalo)

Burke Squires (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas)

Christian Stoeckert (Penn Center for Bioinformatics / Univ of PA)

Pantelis Topalis (IMBB-FORTH, Crete)

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