Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge Meeting

Co-sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and the University of Michigan

For centuries, the needs of biomedical research and practice have been served by knowledge represented in human readable forms: words and pictures disseminated largely via books and journals. More recently, as models, algorithms, and guidelines have gained importance in health and biomedical domains, the representation, curation, and distribution of these knowledge artifacts in computable forms have become topics of growing importance and interest. It is increasingly clear that management of computable knowledge will be essential to the success of Precision Medicine, the achievement of high-functioning Learning Health Systems, and more generally to the advancement of biomedical science. Seen in this light, making biomedical knowledge "FAIR" (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) is of equivalent importance to making biomedical data "FAIR".

This open meeting on July 10 and 11, 2018 is a natural next step from an initial meeting in Ann Arbor in October, 2017 where a diverse group of forty persons began exploring the technical, policy, and legal challenges of "Mobilizing Computable Biomedical Knowledge" (MCBK). The goals of this meeting include advancing the development of a multi-stakeholder CBK community and taking some initial steps toward establishing necessary CBK standards, policies, and governance.


Charles Friedman, University of Michigan
Rachel Richesson, Duke University

Meeting Co-Chairs

Conference Details

Tuesday, July 10 - 8:00am - 6:30pm

Tuesday - 4:00 - 6:30pm Poster Sessions

Wednesday, July 11 - 8:00am - 3:00pm

U.S. National Library of Medicine

8600 Rockville Pike

Bethesda, MD 20894

Conference Speakers

Patricia Flatley Brennan, RN, PhD, Director, National Library of Medicine

Don Rucker, MD, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC)

Eric Dishman, Director of the All of Us Research Program, National Institutes of Health 

Registration Information

Registration is taking place now through June 27, 2018.  

Early Bird Registration is offered at a special rate of $99.00 which covers the full cost of the two day conference.  

The reduced rate will go through May 8, 2018 after which time the rate will increase to the regular rate of $149.00.   

Limited space is available for the meeting so early registration is strongly recommended.  

To register, click here or on the "Register Now" link above. 

Federal Employees: Please send an email to for a Federal Employee discount code. 

Planning Committee

Julia Adler-Milstein, PhD, Associate Professor UCSF School of Medicine

Jane Blumenthal, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA, Associate University Librarian and Director, Taubman Health Sciences Library, University of Michigan

Greg Cooper, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and of Intelligent Systems, Vice Chairman, Department of Biomedical Informatics, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Milt Corn, MD, FACP, FACMI, Deputy Director for Research and Education, National Library of Medicine

Chris Dymek, Ed.D., Director, Health IT Division, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

Peter Embi, MD, MS, Chief Executive Officer, Regenstrief Institute

Bob Greenes, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Arizona State University

Nancy Lorenzi, PhD, MA, MS, Vice President for Strategic Change Management, Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Clinical Professor in Nursing, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Dan Masys, MD, FACMI, Affiliate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics and Medical Education, University of Washington school of medicine

Blackford Middleton, MD, MPH, MSc, FACMI, Chief Informatics and Innovation Officer, Apervita, Inc.

Mark Musen, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics Research) and Biomedical Data Science, Stanford Health Policy

Jerry Perry, MLS, Associate Dean and Director AHSL, The University of Arizona Health Sciences Library

Chris Shaffer, University Librarian and Assistant Vice Chancellor, Parnassus Library, University of California San Francisco

Umberto Tachinardi, MD, Director, Biomedical Informatics, University of Wisconsin- Madison

John Wilbanks, Chief Commons Officer, Sage Bionetworks