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New release of the EuPathDB Ontology

A new version of the EuPathDB ontology was released January 8, 2019. The EuPathDB Ontology provides the underlying semantics for structured terms displayed on EuPathDB websites including ClinEpiDB and MicrobiomeDB. In this version, definitions have been provided for nearly all EuPathDB classes, terms have been imported from other ontologies, and undefined terms not used on EuPathDB web sites have been obsoleted. The EuPathDB Ontology is available on ontology browsers such as Ontobee (

EuPath releases ClinEpiDB

ClinEpiDB is an open-access online resource enabling investigators to maximize the utility and reach of their clinical epidemiological data and to make optimal use of information released by others. See details in the article at PennNews.

EuPath ontology is part of the OBO Foundry library

The EuPath ontology is an OBO Foundry-based application ontology created to support consistent annotation and description of studies and datasets presented on EuPath resources. EuPath ontology now has an OBO Foundry page and can be browsed at ontology servers such as Ontobee and the NCBO Bioportal. EuPath ontology also has a github site for development.


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

UPDATE: OBIB has a 2017-11-30 release with 1839 terms (classes and instances) for describing some aspect of biobanking and biobank specimens. These include coverage of biospecimen pre-analytic variables and GTEx fields from the NCI Biorepository and Biospecimen Research Branch.

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.



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