INFOGENMED aims at building a virtual laboratory for accessing
and integrate genetic and medical information for health applications.
Resorting to this integrated environment, clinicians are able to
access and relate diseases data already available in the Internet,
scattered along multiple databases. Two main issues are involved
in this research project:
- the integration of heterogeneous medical and genetic databases
over the Internet, using an innovative, robust approach;
- the integration of medical and genetic terminologies in a vocabulary
To achieve this goals, the project encompasses several major steps:
- design of methods and development of tools for the integration
of medical and genetic methods and tools;
- design and implementation of a friendly interface to support
users on searching, finding and retrieving the contents of remote
databases, based on a vocabulary server for the integration of
medical and genetic terms and concepts;
- development of an "assistant" to help health practitioners
to user the developped methods and tools;
- application and validation of the system in the area of rare
More information is available in the project presentation
As part of the requirements definition effort, a user survey is
being conducted; would you care to participate
and provide us with your opinion?
||INFOGENMED: A virtual laboratory for accessing
and integrating genetic and medical information for health
|| Information Processing; Information Systems;
Distributed information retrieval; Medical Applications, Health;
Genetic databases; Ontologies; Vocabulary servers
5th Fifth Framework Programme
||IST / Health - Systems for health professionals:
creating a "Health knowledge info-structure"
||1.008 million euro
Some examples of the expected achievements of the project are:
- To facilitate the identification, access, integration and retrieval
of genetic and medical information from heterogeneous sources
- To develop new contributions to the exchange and unification
of medical and genetic terminologies, which can be stored in vocabulary
servers. These servers can be queried over Internet to aid in
information exchange between different information systems.
- Enable further collaboration between two important groups of
professionals: bioinformaticians and medical informaticians.
- To prove the feasibility of the INFOGENMED project in the domain
of rare genetic diseases, facilitating the work of medical practitioners
in the area.
- Enhancing progress of molecular medicine and other health disciplines:
- As long as this genetic information can be added to medical
records, these systems will become invaluable sources for
population studies of genetic epidemiology.
- Genetic information in health will form the basis of long-term
preventive recommendations and treatments.
- As our understanding of the genetic bases of drug action
increases, physicians will be able to tailor their treatments
and prescriptions to the peculiar genetics of their patients.
Partner presentation and contacts are available from the partners