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Medical Ontology Research

The LHNCBC Medical Ontology Research project encompasses basic research on biomedical terminologies and ontologies and their applications to natural language processing, clinical decision support, translational medicine, data integration and interoperability. In the past few years, our research has focused on the integration, dissemination, quality assurance and applications of drug ontologies (add link to the 2014 BoSC report) and on quality assurance in biomedical ontologies. We also develop application programming interfaces (APIs) and browsers for drug resources including RxNorm, RxTerms, NDF-RT and ATC.

Publications/Tools: 
Winnenburg R, Sorbello A, Bodenreider O. Exploring adverse drug events at the class level. J Biomed Semantics. 2015 May 1;6:18. doi: 10.1186/s13326-015-0017-1. eCollection 2015.
Winnenburg R, Mortensen JM, Bodenreider O. Using description logics to evaluate the consistency of drug-class membership relations in NDF-RT. J Biomed Semantics. 2015 Mar 28;6:13. doi: 10.1186/s13326-015-0007-3. eCollection 2015.
Fu GE, Bolton NQ, Rosinach LI, Furlong V, Nguyen AP, Sheth O, Bodenreider O, Dumontier M. Exposing provenance metadata using different RDF models. Proceedings of the International Conference on Semantic Web Applications and Tools for Life Sciences (SWAT4LS 2015), 2015: p. (electronic proceedings: http://www.swat4ls.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/SWAT4LS_2015_paper_11.pdf).
Rance B, Le T, Bodenreider O. Fingerprinting Biomedical Terminologies--Automatic Classification and Visualization of Biomedical Vocabularies through UMLS Semantic Group Profiles. Stud Health Technol Inform. 2015;216:771-5.
Fung KW, Richesson R, Bodenreider O. Coverage of rare disease names in standard terminologies and implications for patients, providers, and research. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2014 Nov 14;2014:564-72. eCollection 2014.
Winnenburg R, Bodenreider O. Desiderata for an authoritative Representation of MeSH in RDF. AMIA Annu Symp Proc. 2014 Nov 14;2014:1218-27. eCollection 2014.
Harpaz R, Odgers D, Gaskin G, DuMouchel W, Winnenburg R, Bodenreider O, Ripple AM, Szarfman A, Sorbello A, Horvitz E, White RW, Shah NH. A time-indexed reference standard of adverse drug reactions. Sci Data. 2014 Nov 11;1:140043. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2014.43.
Winnenburg R, Bodenreider O. Desiderata for an authoritative representation of MeSH in RDF. AMIA Annu Symp Proc 2014:1218-1227.
Zhang GQ, Zhu W, Sun M, Tao S, Bodenreider O, Cui L. MaPLE: A MapReduce Pipeline for Lattice-based Evaluation and Its Application to SNOMED CT. Proc IEEE Int Conf Big Data. 2014 Oct;2014:754-759.
Bodenreider O, Winnenburg R. Drug Terminology and Ontology Integration -- Dissemination, Quality Assurance and Applications. September 2014 Technical Report to the LHNCBC Board of Scientific Counselors.

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