IDO Workshop 2010

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A two-day IDO workshop for invited participants will be held on December 8-9, 2010. Venue: Baltimore Airport Hilton. 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.

For more information about IDO and its sub-domain extensions especially in the areas of HIV, influenza, Malaria, and Staphylococcus aureus bacteremia. 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
plant infectious disease
  • Planning for the introduction of new IDO extensions
  • Relations between IDO and other initiatives (including DebugIT)
  • 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.


A block of guest rooms at a discounted rate has been arranged for those NCBO/IDO 2010 attendees requiring lodging at:

Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport 1739 West Nursery Road Linthicum Heights, MD 21090

To make reservations by phone call 1-800-HILTONS (or the hotel 443-577-2411) and be sure to mention that you are part of Group Name: NCBO – IDO 2010 / Group Code: NCBO.

To access our online reservation link, click [1]

  • NCBO–IDO 2010 attendees will receive complimentary internet access in their guest room.
  • The Hilton Baltimore BWI Airport offers complimentary shuttle service from/to BWI airport.
  • To take advantage of the special rate and free internet access in your guest room, you must secure your room reservation no later than November 15, 2010.

Driving directions for local participants can be found [ here].

Intending Participants

Mauricio B. Almeida (Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais, Brazil)

Sivaram Arabandi (Case Western Reserve University)

Mathias Brochhausen (Institute for Formal Ontology and Medical Information Science, Saarland University)

Mélanie Courtot (British Columbia Cancer Research Center, Vancouver)

Lindsay Cowell (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas)

Alexander Diehl (Gene Ontology / The Jackson Laboratory)

Saul Lozano-Fuentes (Colorado State University)

Albert Goldfain (University at Buffalo)

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

Pankaj Jaiswal (Plant Ontology / Oregon State University)

Jessica Kissinger (Center for Tropical & Emerging Global Diseases / University of Georgia)

Yu Lin (University of Michigan Medical Center)

Joanne Luciano (Predictive Medicine, Inc.)

Supriya Mahajan (University at Buffalo)

Chunhong Mao (PATRIC, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute)

Anna Maria Masci (Duke University Medical Center)

Bjoern Peters (University of California at San Diego)

Jessica Reynolds (University at Buffalo)

Alan Ruttenberg (Science Commons / University at Buffalo)

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

Daniel Schober (Universität Freiburg, Germany)

Stanley D. Schwartz (University at Buffalo)

Maulik Shukla (PATRIC, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute)

Barry Smith (NCBO / University at Buffalo)

Bruno Sobral (PATRIC, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute)

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

Christian Stoeckert (Penn Center for Bioinformatics / University of Pennsylvania)

Dan Sullivan (PATRIC, Virginia Bioinformatics Institute)

Pantelis Topalis (VectorBase / IMBB-FORTH, Crete)

Patricia Whetzel (NCBO, Stanford)

Allen Xiang (University of Michigan Medical Center)

Jie Zheng (Penn Center for Bioinformatics / University of Pennsylvania)