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OHDSI Announcement: Symposium Schedule, INCREDIBLE Panel On Building Trust, Study-A-Thon

(Craig Sachson) #1

Hello OHDSI Community,

The 2020 OHDSI Global Symposium is just over three weeks away, and we want to provide a few updates.


We are excited to share our schedule for the main symposium day, which will be an 18-hour celebration of open science, international collaboration, and community fun on Monday, Oct. 19.

Starting at midnight Eastern Standard Time, our international community will have the opportunity to experience the full excitement of our 2020 symposium. Our Asia-Pacific collaborators will start in the afternoon, while the early risers in Europe can get a jump on their day with the state of the community address. As the symposium continues through the day, our European friends can enjoy panel discussions, poster sessions and a game show in the evening as our North American collaborators are in the middle of their symposium journey!

The 2020 Global Symposium will include many of the events that OHDSI veterans look forward to each year at the annual symposium … and a few surprises as well. You can see the full schedule here.

Highlights of the schedule will include panels on “Building Trust: Evidence and its Communication” (see more below) and our second “Women of OHDSI Leadership Forum,” as well as a plenary session that focuses on Large-scale network phenotype development, evaluation and characterization. We will have three Collaborator Showcase poster/demo sessions, spanning time zones around the world, as well as lightning talks and a closing ceremony.

Over the next three weeks, we will highlight different components of the symposium weekend, including some fun new additions for this virtual setting!


From the retraction of multiple COVID-19 papers from top journals to the politicization of various drugs, trust in science has come under question throughout 2020. As an observational health research community, we need to restore faith in our work so that it can make a difference in critical decision-making globally. Some of the most prominent leaders in the healthcare field will come together for a panel on building trust in science.

This panel is scheduled to include:

• Amy Abernethy, MD, PhD, the Principal Deputy Commissioner of the U.S. FDA
• Patti Brennan, RN, PhD, the Director of the National Library of Medicine, NIH
• Magdalena Skipper, PhD, Editor in Chief, Nature
• Deborah Nelson, JD, Associate Professor of Investigative Journalism, University of Maryland
• Roni Caryn Rabin, MS, science reporter for the New York Times

George Hripcsak, MD, MS, Professor of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University, will serve as moderator for this panel, which will take place at 1 pm ET during the main symposium.


A two-day study-a-thon will be held Oct. 20-21, and it will focus on two cardiovascular clinical prediction models (CPM) routinely used in clinical practice: the Revised Cardiac Risk Index (RCRI) and the Pooled Cohort Equations.

The RCRI is used to predict 30-day risk of cardiovascular complications amongst patients undergoing non-emergent surgical procedures. The Pooled Cohort Equations predict 10-year risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease among adults without pre-existing cardiovascular disease.

The community will collaborate to implement these two existing prediction models against the OMOP Common Data Model using the OHDSI PatientLevelPrediction package. We will then apply the package across participating data partners across the OHDSI community to characterize the target populations and estimate their baseline risk, as well as externally validate the performance of the models in real-world settings and determine the potential impact of recalibration on model use in clinical practice.

More information on the study-a-thon, as well as a link to register, is available here. Please note, you MUST be registered for the main symposium to collaborate in our study-a-thon.


Please check out our tutorials page on the website to sign up for workshops that are still open! Tutorials Page


What do you listen to when collaborating in network research? How about while you prepare your poster for the 2020 Symposium? Check out what our community listens to — it’s the first edition of the OHDSI spotify playlist!

Over the coming weeks, please look out for emails on how to access the OHDSI teams environment. We can’t wait to welcome a global community to our four-day event. Remember, registration is free, but you must register to be part of our Microsoft Teams environment to be able to enjoy all offerings of the 2020 OHDSI Global Symposium!

If you can no longer attend the symposium, kindly log into your Eventbrite account and cancel your registration or email us and we will cancel it for you.