Introduction and Applications of Bio-Ontologies

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The National Center for Biomedical Ontology will hold an Introduction and Application of Bio-Ontologies tutorial as part of its series of training and dissemination events.

Venue: Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research, Stanford University

Date: Tutorial: March 15, 2012

Organization: Barry Smith (NCBO / Buffalo), Trish Whetzel (NCBO / Stanford University), and Nigam Shah (NCBO / Stanford University)

Registration: Please write to Barry Smith

Audience: Some background in bioinformatics or medical informatics is required. No knowledge of ontology is presupposed.


  • 1:00pm What is an ontology and what is it useful for? (Barry Smith)

This section will provide an introduction to biomedical ontology with a focus on illustrations of success stories in the application of ontologies to supporting specific kinds of research.

  • 2:30pm NCBO Web Services and Development of Semantic Applications (Trish Whetzel)

This section will describe NCBO technologies to support the use of ontologies in your research. Links:

  • 4:00pm Use of ontologies in biomedical research (Nigam Shah): This section of the tutorial will demonstrate the use of NCBO resources to facilitate tasks such as semantic data integration, information retrieval, structured data entry, and knowledge management. We will review example use cases for analyses using disease ontologies and for applying NCBO tools to compute the risk of having a myocardial infarction on taking Vioxx (rofecoxib) for Rheumatoid arthritis.
Examples of use of NCBO services for data retrieval, integration and reasoning
Resource Index
Enrichment Analysis and
Examples of CTSA use cases enabled by NCBO technology
Health Ontology Mapper
Importing Ontologies into i2b2 Hive