We are collaborating in the acquisition of knowledge concerning clinical trials. Initially, we are looking at trials related to pancreatic cancer, such as A Study Using 18F-FAZA and PET Scans to Study Hypoxia in Pancreatic Cancer.
At http://clinicaltrials.gov, each trial is rendered as HTML for browsing from underlying XML files which can be downloaded. Although we can parse the underlying XML into content for knowledge acquisition automatically, this article looks at acquiring the knowledge about an individual trial using the web presentation. In particular, we look at the logical, semantic, and linguistic issues of understanding eligibility criteria. Continue reading “Helping people find clinical trials for which they are eligible”