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NIH Awards Stanford and Collaborators $18.8M for New National Center for Biomedical Ontology

NEW YORK, Sept. 29 (GenomeWeb News) - The US National Institutes of Health has awarded Stanford University School of Medicine and four other institutions an $18.8 million grant to develop a National Center for Biomedical Ontology to produce computer systems allowing researchers to "share, compare and analyze data gathered from large biomedical experiments," Stanford said today.


The center will be led by Mark Musen, a Stanford professor of medicine whose research group created the ontology-development software Protege, the statement said.


Other institutions involved in the center include the Berkeley Drosophila Genome Project, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Victoria in British Columbia, and the State University of New York-Buffalo. 

Additionally, three institutions will conduct ongological projects: Cambridge University researchers will explore how to use studies of mutations in fruit flies as models for understanding human diseases; researchers at the University of Oregon will examine relationships between gene function in zebrafish and humans; University of California-San Francisco Medical Center scientists aim to combine the results from multiple randomized trials in the area of HIV/AIDS, Stanford said.


Musen and the NIH are accepting applications from scientists who wish to draw from NIH funding, and the NIH hopes to select additional collaborative projects by the start of next year, the statement said.