About BHIG

These are the pages of the Bio-Health Informatics Group in the School of Computer Science at The University of Manchester.

This group is a fusion of the old Medical Informatics Group (MIG) and other areas of expertise, in particular that of Bioinformatics, creating a group rich in experience that aims to be able to address research topics ranging from the applications of bioinformatics in molecular biology through to clinical e-science and healthcare applications.

BHIG Research

Research within the Bio-Health Informatics Group is led from several different angles. Professor Alan Rector’s original and still primary research focus is developing useful and usable clinical systems. His research has branched out to include clinical terminologies, biomedical ontologies and Semantic Web Technologies. He has twenty-five years experience of leading projects on clinical systems, medical terminology including the PEN&PAD and GALEN project. He now also leads the CO-ODE project developing the Protege-OWL ontology development environment in collaboration with Stanford University. Professor Andy Brass adds a strong bioinformatics influence to the group and is a renowned figure for his work in the field of Bioinformatics and in the Bioinformatics department at the university. Dr Robert Stevens, a Senior Lecturer in the department, adds yet more bioinformatics experience together with plenty of experience in Semantic Web technologies, e-Science and Ontologies.

The result is a group with the knowledge to drive the conception and development of new methods and systems for the growing desire to be able to integrate knowledge all the way from the roots of bio-molecular research to their eventual clinical application. In order to do this the group as a whole has a strong bioinformatics and clinical background, along with considerable experience with Ontology development and Semantic Web technologies.

BHIG in the School of Computer Science

The Bio-Health Informatics Group is located in the School of Computer Science, providing a whole host of opportunities for collaboration with world class researchers leading the way in fields such as E-Science, Description Logics and the Semantic Web.

BHIG shares close ties with the Information Management Group (IMG). IMG is not a biology-specific group, but contains several projects with goals in biology and bioinformatics, most notably the myGrid project.

BHIG in The University of Manchester

Our group links the School of Computer Science and the Faculty of Life Sciences, particularly BioinformaticsProfessor Andy Brass has involvement in both departments and leads a team with a diverse goals using Computer Science to aid Bioinformatics challenges. Some of these include development of new database systems for yeast genome analysis, development of microarray analysis tools, use of description logics to build databases of biological concepts, and development of integrated information management systems for bioinformatics.

The group has close links with the Faculty of Medicine and Human Sciences, particularly the Division of Imaging Sciences and Biomedical Engineering (ISBE).

BHIG in the World

The group participates in the Northwest Institute of BioHealth Informatics (NIBHI) which stretches across Northwest England with members at the Universities of Liverpool, Salford and Lancaster, and CCLRC Daresbury.

Our group is present on the international stage. The CO-ODE project involves strong collaboration with the Protege Ontology Editor development team from Stanford University, supporting their development of the popular Protege-OWL plugin and encouraging its use through additional plugins, tutorial material, workshops and contact with the community. The CO-ODE project was largely responisble of the development of the latest Protege editor, Protege 4, that now supports the latest OWL 2 specification. The Sealife Project was also a highly succesful EU funded project that develop a suite of Semantic Grid browsers for the life sciences, which were applied to the study of infectious diseases. BHIG was involved through the leadership of Robert Stevens. Robert Stevens lead another EU project called e-lico, where semantic technologies were used to build a virtual laboratory for interdisciplinary collaborative research in data mining and data-intensive sciences.

About BHIG
The Bio-Health Informatics Group at the School of Computer Science is a research group rich in experience that aims to be able to address research topics ranging from the applications of bioinformatics in molecular biology through to clinical e-science and healthcare applications.