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Learning Health Sciences Faculty Candidate: Mark Musen, MD, PhD
February 15, 2016 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
“Adventures in Biomedical Ontology: Driving Biomedical Research with Formal Models of Application Areas”
Abstract: Work in biomedical informatics—whether it is intended to offer clinical decision support, to infer new knowledge from electronic health records, or to aid biomedical discovery—requires computational systems that encode models of the application areas in which they operate. Often, those models are implicit in the computer code that programmers develop. When those models can be made explicit—and editable—the models not only make our information technology more scalable and adaptable, but also they enable developers to document their assumptions about the domain and to reuse the models to create new technologies. In this talk, Dr. Musen will discuss how formal modeling of ontologies has supported diverse projects, from offering clinical decision support for chronic disease to ensuring that biomedical research data are findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable. The functionality offered by such systems is essential for building learning health systems at scale. Bio: Dr. Musen conducts research related to intelligent systems, reusable ontologies, metadata for publication of scientific data sets, and biomedical decision support. Mark Musen is a candidate for the role of Division Chief for the Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems. His group developed Protégé, the world’s most widely used technology for building and managing terminologies and ontologies. He is principal investigator of the National Center for Biomedical Ontology, one of the original National Centers for Biomedical Computing created by the U.S. National Institutes of Heath (NIH). He is principal investigator of the Center for Expanded Data Annotation and Retrieval (CEDAR). CEDAR is a center of excellence supported by the NIH Big Data to Knowledge Initiative, with the goal of developing new technology to ease the authoring and management of biomedical experimental metadata. Dr. Musen chairs the Health Informatics and Modeling Topic Advisory Group for the World Health Organization’s revision of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) and he directs the WHO Collaborating Center for Classification, Terminology, and Standards at Stanford University. Early in his career, Dr. Musen received the Young Investigator Award for Research in Medical Knowledge Systems from the American Association of Medical Systems and Informatics and a Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation. In 2006, he was recipient of the Donald A. B. Lindberg Award for Innovation in Informatics from the American Medical Informatics Association. He has been elected to the American College of Medical Informatics and the Association of American Physicians. He is founding co-editor-in-chief of the journal Applied Ontology. Lunch is provided with RSVP by February 8, 2016.