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Dr. Jin Chen receives funds to standardize and normalize CT images for lung cancer patients

Oct 11, 2019

Dr. Jin Chen receives two-year funds from NCI to standardize and normalize CT images for lung cancer patients. Computed tomography (CT) is one of the most popular diagnostic image modalities routinely used for assessing anatomical tissue characteristics for disease management. However, CT images are often acquired using scanners from different vendors with different imaging standards, posing a fundamental challenge to radiomic studies across sites. The goal of the Standardization and Normalization of CT images for lung cancer patients (STAN-CT) project is to develop a deep learning software package that can automatically standardize and normalize a large volume of chest CT images to facilitate cross-site large-scale image feature extraction for lung cancer characterization and stratification.

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New journal article describes identifying emerging phenomenon from experiments

Sep 06, 2019

A new journal article, Identifying emerging phenomenon in long temporal phenotyping experiments, from Dr. Chen's group describes an algorithm to identify emerging phenomemna, i.e., a group of genotypes who exhibit a coherent phenotype pattern during a relatively short time period, from from large-scale temporal plant phenotyping experiments.  The paper was published in Bioinformatics, a leading journal in the field.

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Informatics framework for graphics libraries presented at ontology conference

Jul 31, 2019

Work by Melissa Clarkson and Steve Roggenkamp presented at the 10th International Conference on Biomedical Ontology.

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Two papers accepted by computer vision conference

Apr 08, 2019

Two papers from the BMI Associate Professor Qiang Cheng's group have been accepted by IEEE CVPR2019, June 16th - 20th 2019, the premier annual computer vision conference.

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Kavuluru named to editorial board of Journal of Biomedical Informatics

Feb 28, 2019

Rama Kavuluru, PhD, has joined the editorial board of the Journal of Biomedical Informatics, a journal devoted to publishing new biomedical informatics methodologies.

IBI members to present at AMIA Annual Symposium

Sep 02, 2018

The AMIA 2018 Annual Symposium will be held in San Francisco, November 3–7. Accepted work from IBI members will be presented as oral presentations, system demonstrations, posters, and in pre-symposium working groups.

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Upcoming events

Promoting Transparency in Biomedical Publications Using Natural Language Processing

Halil Kilicoglu PhD

Feb 06, 2020|12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

130 University Health Services Building, Please RSVP to BMI@uky.edu


Rigor, reproducibility, and transparency of biomedical research has been the topic of much debate in recent years. Some ongoing efforts aim to address the issues in research conduct and dissemination by focusing on standardization and guideline development. As biomedical research output increases exponentially, automated tools are needed to complement such efforts and assist the stakeholders (e.g., scientists, journals, funding organizations) in assessing and improving research output.

Textual artifacts (e.g., grant applications, study protocols, manuscripts, and publications) are central to biomedical communication. With the progress made in in biomedical language processing and text mining (bioNLP) in recent years, it is timely to ask if and how bioNLP techniques can be used to help address some of the rigor and integrity problems manifested in these artifacts. In this talk, I will motivate the use of bioNLP methods toward these goals by providing some use cases, and discuss a couple of tasks that I have recently pursued in this area: a) assessing clinical trial publications for reporting guideline adherence, and b) elucidating contradictory claims in biomedical publications. I will also highlight some of the challenges facing bioNLP research focusing on this area.

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Past events

Epigenomic insights of environmental disease

Zhibin Wang PhD

Dec 05, 2019|12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

130 University Health Services Building (Pizza & drinks served at 12:20. Please RSVP to BMI@uky.edu)

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Clinical Event Mining and Visualization for Chronic Rheumatic Diseases

Sujin Kim PhD

Nov 13, 2019|12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

UHS 130

Understanding the use of pattern mining algorithms and the development of a prototype system to visualize the relationships of frequent clinical events based on mined clinical sequences and associations.

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