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[ntcir:184] Seminar: TREC Genomics by Bill Hersh


Enhancing Access to the Bibliome: The TREC Genomics Track

William Hersh,
Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), USA

Friday, March 3, 2006;  14:00-15:30
Lecture Room 1 & 2, 20th Floor, NII

   New “high throughput” technologies have led to
a fundamental change in the conduct of biomedical research.
These technologies, exemplified by the gene expression
microarray, generate substantial amounts of data.  The
discovery that several genes are differentially regulated
in a disease process generates a need for the researcher
to seek information about those genes, their products,
and the biological processes in which they are involved.
These information needs require us to build better
information retrieval (IR) systems to search the biomedical
literature and other databases.  This talk will describe
an initiative whose goal is to build better IR systems
through the development of standardized test collections
that allow comparative evaluation of systems and algorithms
 with a common data set.  The talk will provide an overview
of the Text Retrieval Conference (TREC) and describe the
methods and results of the Genomics Track within it.

William Hersh, M.D., is Professor and Chair of the Department
of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology at Oregon
Health & Science University (OHSU) in Portland, Oregon, USA.
Dr. Hersh is a leader in the IR field, both within medicine
and generally.  He has published over 100 scientific papers
as well as the book, Information Retrieval:  A Health and
Biomedical Perspective (Springer-Verlag, 2003).  Dr. Hersh
also serves as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Information
Retrieval and is a member of the TREC Program Committee.
In addition, he directs the graduate educational programs
in biomedical informatics at OHSU.  More information can be
found about him on his Web site at www.billhersh.info.

Dr. Hersh is a native of Chicago, Illinois.  He received
his Bachelor of Science in General Biology from the University
of Illinois in 1980, followed by a Doctor of Medicine (M.D.)
degree from the same institution in 1984.  After
completing a three-year residency in internal medicine
from 1984-1987, he did a three-year postdoctoral fellowship
in medical informatics at Harvard University from 1987-1990.
 He then joined the faculty of the School of Medicine
at OHSU, where he has been ever since.