Call for papers: The 9th International Workshop on Vaccines and Drug Ontology Studies (VDOS-2019)

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He, Oliver

Jun 17, 2020, 11:06:09 AM6/17/20


The 9th International Workshop on Vaccines and Drug Ontology Studies (VDOS-2020)
Virtual meeting


In conjunction with the 11th International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (ICBO)

(16 - 19 September 2020 - Bozen-Bolzano, Italy, Virtual meeting)

Submission Deadline: July 17, 2020  

Workshop Theme and Topics
Drugs and vaccines have contributed to dramatic improvements in public health worldwide. Over the last decades, there have been efforts in the biomedical ontology community that represent various areas associated with drugs including vaccines that extend existing health and clinical terminology systems (e.g., SNOMED, RxNorm, NDF- RT, and MedDRA), vernacular medical terminologies, and their applications to research and clinical data.


This workshop will provide a platform for discussing innovative solutions as well as the challenges in the development and application of biomedical ontologies to representing and analyzing drugs and vaccines, their administration, immune responses induced, adverse events, and similar topics. The workshop will cover two main areas: (i) ontology representation of vaccines, drugs, and vaccine/drug-related domains (e.g., adverse events), and (ii) applications of the ontologies in real world situations – administration, adverse events, etc. Examples of biomedical subject matter in the scope of this workshop: drug components (e.g., drug active ingredients, vaccine antigens, and adjuvants), administration details (e.g., dosage, administration route, and frequency), gene immune responses and pathways, drug-drug or drug-food interactions, and adverse events. Both research and clinical subjects will be covered. We will also focus on computational methods used to study these, for example, literature mining of vaccine/drug-gene interaction networks, pathway analysis, meta-analysis of host immune responses, and time event analysis of the pharmacological effects.


We encourage submissions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Drugs and vaccines are critical to fight against the COVID-19. We welcome papers in the domain of drugs and vaccines against COVID-19.


Submission Guidelines
For the paper submission, we will allow three submission formats:

·       full research papers (6-8 pages) format

·       work in progress / late breaking results (2-3 pages), and

·       a statement of interest (one page) for podium presentation.

The paper format will be the same as the format used in ICBO.


The paper format will be the same as the format used in ICBOContributions must be delivered non-anonymously and as a single PDF file. They must be formatted using the IOS Press template (one-column format, available for Microsoft Word and LaTeX) according to the guidelines for book authors. The same template is required for submissions to FOIS as well as to ICBO and other workshops held in the context of BOSK. 


All the papers will be submitted and handled through EasyChair:


After the full papers are accepted, we will work with the BMC Bioinformatics editors and reviewers to decide which papers will be formally invited for extension to be included in a thematic series in the BMC Bioinformatics journal. All full-length (6 pages) and short-length (2-3 pages) submissions will go through peer reviews by at least two reviewers. The one-page statement-of-interest submissions will be reviewed by the workshop organizers.

Important Dates

·       July 17, 2020: workshop paper deadline for VDOS 2020

·       August 14, 2020: Notification of paper and abstract acceptance

·       August 25, 2020: Late abstract deadline for short reports of late-breaking results

·       September 4, 2020: Notification of late abstract acceptance

·       September 16-19, 2020 (to be determined) – Virtual Workshop in conjunction with ICBO 2020

·       TBD: first revision due to the journal



·       Cui Tao, PhD [School of Biomedical Informatics, University of Texas, Health Science Center at Houston]

·       Yongqun “Oliver” He, DVM, PhD [Unit for Laboratory Animal Medicine, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Center for Computational Medicine and Bioinformatics, University of Michigan Medical School]

·       Junguk Hur, PhD [Department of Biomedical Sciences, University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences]

If you have any questions or wish to inquire about the workshop, please contact:

·       Cui Tao:

·       Yongqun “Oliver” He:

·       Junguk Hur:


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