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GeneLab’s Phase 1 Results and Plans Highlighted at American Medical Informatics Association 2016 Annual Symposium

2016 november — 12-16
Place — Chicago, IL
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The American Medical Informatics Association (AMIA) represents the best of all worlds when it comes to soliciting and presenting informatics science and practice. In the rapidly moving world of health and healthcare, informatics innovation is integral to progress.

At the November 12-16, 2016 AMIA symposium in Chicago, IL, GeneLab’s Dan Berrios presented a poster entitled, “GeneLab’s Phase 1 Results and Plans.” GeneLab team members Kaushik Chakravarty, Dennis Heher and Sandy Dueck hosted an exhibit booth and actively engaged conference attendees in discussions about the role of GeneLab’s open science platform in maximizing data return from biological experiments performed on the International Space Station and other NASA missions. More than 200 of the estimated 2500 scientists attending the four-day conference visited the GeneLab exhibit booth. Questions asked included:

  • Why is NASA participating in the AMIA conference?
  • What is Space Biology? What is GeneLab? What are omics?
  • What kind of omics datasets does GeneLab host?
  • What life science applications can be generated from omics datasets?

Local and international visitors to the GeneLab booth represented diverse backgrounds:

  • Commercial sector interested in drug discovery and biomarker identification from GeneLab rodent data
  • Clinicians from Argentina took GeneLab flyers to use in webinars demonstrating big dataset usage in the context of bioinformatics-based data mining
  • Clinicians, bioinformaticians and educators in health informatics
  • Primary investigators from both commercial and academics sectors
  • Students, postdocs, high school teachers and professors.

In addition to presenting a poster and hosting an exhibit booth, GeneLab team members attended several sessions:

Plenary: UBiome, a citizen-science company sequencing microbiomes.

Didactic Panel: Human Microbiome - Challenges and Opportunities. Reports on the current state-of-the-art for analyzing microbiome: assays, nature of the data (sparse), various human data sets, and applications to human health.

Paper: Assessing Metadata Quality of Federal Data Repository

Panel: Ensuring Reproducibility in Observational Research: Building and Sharing Knowledge Resources in the OHDSI Network

Paper: CEDAR: Better Data Sharing Through the Authoring of Better Metadata

Paper: Discovering Representational Differences Between Pathway Knowledge Bases for Pathway Resource Merging

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GeneLab’s Dan Berrios and Lucy Wang (University of Washington) at AMIA poster session.

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At GeneLab’s exhibit booth, Dennis Heher (back left) and Kaushik Chakravarty (back right) discuss GeneLab’s open science platform with AMIA participants.


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