The Wall Lab's Blog at Harvard Medical School
The definitions of diseases, especially complex multigenic diseases, are at best blurred. The phenotypic definition of Autism, for example, overlaps with many other disorders. Understanding how diseases relate to one another will not only improve definitions, but will have great impact on our understanding of molecular pathology of disease. This will turn into practical medical application through repurposing of research, and ultimately drugs.
Biomedical informatics researchers at Mayo Clinic and IBM today launched a Web site for the newly founded Open Health Natural Language Processing (NLP) Consortium. The consortium is establishing the open-source space to promote past and current development efforts, including participation in information extraction from electronic medical records.