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NWU, UMB to Share $1M ARRA Grant for Disease Ontology

NEW YORK (GenomeWeb News) – Northwestern University and the University of Maryland, Baltimore, will share a two-year, $1 million American Reinvestment and Recovery Act grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a computable disease ontology, the schools said today.

Under the grant, which is being administered by the National Center for Research Resources, researchers from both schools will further develop an open-source classification system for inherited, environmental, and infectious diseases and syndromes.

The ontology will facilitate the connection of genetic, clinical, and genomic data from multiple databases and datasets from the perspective of human disease, according to the researchers.

Warren Kibbe of NU's Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute and Feinberg School of Medicine, and Lynn Schriml of UMB's School of Medicine and Institute for Genome Sciences, are co-principal investigators on the grant.

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