NIAID Cell Ontology Workshop May 2008

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The NIAID sponsored a Cell Ontology Workshop, May 13-14, 2008, in Bethesda, focusing on improving representation of immune cell types in the Cell Ontology. The participants in the workshop worked together to extend the current ontology in the area of immune cell types and to provide the necessary information for the upcoming restructuring of the Cell Ontology in single-inheritance form with genus-differentia definitions.

Workshop Agenda

Summary of Workshop Proceedings


Graphical Views of Hematopoietic Cells in the Cell Ontology (May 2008)

Slide Presentations from Meeting






P_Morel T cells


OBO Foundry, Chris Mungall

Cell Ontology Workshop Follow Up Conference Calls, July-August 2008

T Cells: July 24, 3:30 PM-4:30 PM ET (Discussion leader: Penny Morel)
T_cell_ontology.obo (added a bogus .doc extension to get this to load into the wiki)

B Cells: August 21, Thursday, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM ET (Discussion leader: Martin Zand)

Macrophages: Date to be determined. Tentative date: August 1st., 2:00 PM-3:00 PM ET (Discussion leaders: Anastasia Nijnik and Elizabeth Gold)

Dendritic Cells: Tuesday, August 19, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM ET (Discussion leaders: Lindsay Cowell and Bali Pulendran)

NK Cells: August 21, Thursday, 3:00 PM-4:00 PM ET (Discussion leader: Alex Diehl and Penny Morel)

Important Links

OBO Foundry Ontologies

Cell Type Ontology page on the Modeling Immunity for Biodefense WIki (requires approval)

Leukocyte Surface Marker Ontology (cdo.obo, created by Martin Zand)

GO Consortium Home Page

Immune Protein List (excel)

An Excel spreadsheet of current immune and hematopoietic cell types in the Cell Ontology can be found here. This spreadsheet has columns for additional descriptive information for the existing immune cell types that participants are invited to fill in as they like: proper is_a parent, morphology, surface markers, transcription factors, location, role or process, and lineage. This information will be used in constructing formal definitions for these cell types.

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