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TURBO Group formed

The TURBO (Transforming and Unifying Research with Biomedical Ontologies) Group was formed to accelerate finding and connecting key information from clinical records for research through semantic associations to the processes that generated the clinical data.


New release of the Ontology for Biobanking

The new release of the Ontology for Biobanking (OBIB) reflects collaborative efforts with biobanks to represent specimens, collection of specimens, and specimen containers. Details are available at github. It can be browsed at Ontobee.

NIAGADS GenomicsDB version 2.1 released

Version 2.1 of the NIAGADS GenomicsDB site provides a major improvement in look and feel for better usability. In addition there are:
New NIAGADS GWAS Summary Statistics datasets added: NG00045, NG00048, and NG00049.
Public strategies illustrating how to explore these and related datasets have been added.
Improved rendering of GWAS summary statistics tracks allows p-values associated with specific variants to be viewed directly on the genome browser.


GenomicsDB version 2.0 is now available!

The NIAGADS GenomicsDB is a searchable annotation resource that provides access to publicly available NIAGADS summary statistics datasets for Alzheimer's Disease and related neuropathologies.

What's new in version 2.0?


CBIL has moved

CBIL has moved along with the rest of the Institute for Biomedical Informatics to newly renovated space in the Richards Building on Hamilton Walk. We are on the first floor in D tower.

Beta Cell Biology Consortium ends

On August 1, 2015, the Beta Cell Biology Consortium (BCBC) came to an end. Started in 2001 to understand beta cell biology and how to make beta cells, the BCBC provided information and access to its resources through the web site. The Beta Cell Genomics component was based at CBIL and provided data mining of gene expression, epigenetic, and transcription factor binding datasets. The information previously found at those sites is now summarized in a Resource Catalog and all and URLs resolve to the Catalog.

New release of NIAGADS GenomicsDB

GWAS summary statistics for IGAP (2013) (NG000036) and ADGC African Americans (2013) (NG00039) now accessible through the NIAGADS GenomicsDB.


EuPathDB Bioinformatics Resource Center contract renewed

Read the Penn press release announcing the renewal of the NIAID Bioinformatics Resource Center at Penn and the University of Georgia. The contract supports the Eukaryotic Pathogen Genomics Database (EuPathDB).

Ontology for Biobanking is now a GitHub project

The Ontology for Biobanking (OBIB) has been set up as a GitHub project at
The first release of the OBIB is called: biobank-omiabis_merged.owl
Presentations from the ICBO 2014 Workshop on Starting an OBI-based Biobank ontology are also available.


NIAID project and sample application standard

The CBIL and EuPathDB groups have participated in developing standards for the representation of metadata associated with projects and samples as part of the NIAID Bioinformatics Resource Centers and Genome Sequencing Centers for Infectious Diseases Metadata Working Group.


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