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UB hosts international biomedical ontology conference

By Ashley Hassett

Buffalo, NY – The University at Buffalo us sponsoring a biomedical ontology conference at the Marriot in Buffalo this week.

Local medical professionals will be meeting to learn about new technological advances in pain research. The medical community has come up with vocabulary for describing pain.

Doctors will be trained on how to use computer software. It will be used while patients are describing pain levels.

The software will then compute patient answers so that doctors can know how to better treat medical issues.

UB professor of Psychiatry Werner Ceusters says each patient describes their pain differently. He said the new equipment will allow doctors to learn more about how to treat pain.

"The ideal world would be one where the machine is totally and perfectly aware of what is going on and what the physician is doing or what the patient is suffering from," said Ceusters.

Ceusters said holding the conference in Buffalo will bring the best medical professionals to the city.

"Very specific skills and or combined skills that usually you do not find in one person and people who are like me, we are able to obtain grants inside the University. That creates in it self new possibilities to hire researchers yet attract students which otherwise would not go to Buffalo," said Ceusters.

International Conference on Biomedical Ontology (http://icbo.buffalo.edu/), sponsored by UB, that will be held in Buffalo July 26-30.