PSB-2018 Session on Text Mining and Visualization for Precision Medicine


According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), precision medicine is “an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle for each person.” Announced in 2015 by former President Obama in his State of the Union address, the Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) seeks to promote research at the intersection of lifestyle, environment, and genetics to produce new knowledge for more effective ways to prolong health and treat disease. Although the text mining community had already explored this realm for some years, official endorsement and funding are beginning to bear fruit.

This session will attract researchers with a strong text mining and/or visualization background who are actively collaborating with bench scientists and clinicians for the deployment of integrative approaches in precision medicine that could impact scientific discovery.


Topics of interest to this session include novel text mining or natural language processing (NLP) approaches at the intersection of lifestyle, environment, and genetics that enable further understanding of disease processes and effective treatment for individuals and cohorts that share specific characteristics. The following list summarizes the specific topics of key interest (the list is not exhaustive):

Submissions should clearly state the translational value of their contribution and explicitly link the described advance to its impact on precision medicine.

Key Dates:

Paper submission deadline: August 1, 2017.
Acceptance decisions: September 15, 2017.
Camera ready papers due: October 2, 2017.
Poster/abstract submission deadline: November 13, 2017.
Conference: January 3-7, 2018.

Paper Format:

Please see the official PSB website for more details on manuscript submission:


Each paper must be accompanied by a cover letter. The cover letter must state the following:

Submitted papers are limited to twelve (12) pages in our publication format. Please format your paper according to instructions found at If figures cannot be easily resized and placed precisely in the text, then it should be clear that with appropriate modifications, the total manuscript length would be within the page limit.


Graciela Gonzalez, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (gragon AT upenn DOT edu)
Casey Greene, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (csgreene AT upenn DOT edu)
Hongfang Liu, Ph.D., Mayo Clinic (Liu.Hongfang AT mayo DOT edu)
Abeed Sarker, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (abeed AT upenn DOT edu)