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[ontolog-forum] NCBO Webinar Series - Sivaram Arabandi, April 7

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From: Trish Whetzel <plwhetzel@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 31 Mar 2010 00:30:13 -0700
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The next NCBO Webinar will be held Wednesday, April 7, at 10am PT. Please note there will not be a VOIP option, and attendees must call into the teleconference.

Below is information on how to join the online meeting via WebEx and accompanying teleconference. The Webinar will be presented by Dr. Sivaram Arabandi from Case Western Reserve University. The title of the presentation is "Developing an Application Ontology for the Sleep Domain".

For a schedule of the 2010 presentations or for more information about the NCBO Seminar Series, see:http://www.bioontology.org/seminar-series.

Developing an Application Ontology for the Sleep Domain

A number of medical ontology models provide broad coverage of clinical terms and their relationships. In-depth coverage, however, is often not available, limiting their use in specialized sub-domains such as Sleep Medicine. Current ontology use is often limited to data annotation and as a source for term lists. Applications that need additional information for terms such as their data types, measurement units etc. need to model this information separately.

The NCRR-funded, multi-CTSA-site PhysioMIMI project is developing a federated data integration environment supporting collaborative clinical and translational research in Sleep Medicine. An 'application ontology' for sleep medicine (Sleep Domain Ontology or SDO) is being developed using upper level and reference ontologies such as BFO, FMA, CPR and OGMS to provide a common framework for physiological and clinical data in Sleep Medicine and also provide adequate term definitions to guide user interfaces. Polysomnography (PSG or sleep study) along with sleep phenotypes, diseases and medications in the context of a clinical use case is used as an exemplar for this project.

Speaker Bio:
Dr. Sivaram Arabandi has over 14 years of multidisciplinary clinical and information technology experience. He trained as a General Surgeon and also holds a Masters degree in Computer Science. Sivaram worked for over 6 years in various fortune 500 companies in roles of Application Architect / Analyst in the areas of Web services, Business Intelligence and Data Warehousing and has also served on architecture review boards. Sivaram currently works as a consultant in the area of Medical Informatics. He has worked on projects ranging from complete implementation of clinical content development within a structured EHR system to enterprise quality reporting frameworks. As a clinical informatician on the SemanticDB project at the Cleveland Clinic, he worked on the domain ontology model for Cardiothoracic Surgery, integration of the clinical domain model into an application platform for data acquisition as well as for outcomes reporting, inferencing and  knowledge discovery. His current work at Case Western Reserve University involves the development of PhysioMIMI - a platform to integrate distributed data resources for information retrieval and analysis using semantic technologies. In addition to managing the project, he is developing an application ontology model for sleep medicine. His areas of special interest are Clinical Models, Clinical Decision Support and Expert Systems.

WebEx Details:
Topic: NCBO Webinar Series
Date: Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Time: 10:00 am, Pacific Daylight Time (San Francisco, GMT-07:00)
Meeting Number: 926 719 478
Meeting Password: ncbomeeting

To join the online meeting (Now from iPhones too!)
1. Go to https://stanford.webex.com/stanford/j.php?ED=107799137&UID=0&PW=NZDUwYTM4MmI3&RT=MiM0
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the meeting password: ncbomeeting
4. Click "Join Now".
5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

To view in other time zones or languages, please click the link:

To join the audio conference only
Call-in toll number (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300
Global call-in numbers: https://stanford.webex.com/stanford/globalcallin.php?serviceType=MC&ED=107799137&tollFree=0

Access code:926 719 478

For assistance
1. Go to https://stanford.webex.com/stanford/mc
2. On the left navigation bar, click "Support".

You can contact me at:

To update this meeting to your calendar program (for example Microsoft Outlook), click this link:

WebEx will automatically setup Meeting Manager for Windows the first time you join a meeting. To save time, you can setup prior to the meeting by clicking this link:


Trish Whetzel, PhD
Outreach Coordinator
The National Center for Biomedical Ontology
Ph: 650-721-2378


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