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Weekly OHDSI Digest-03Apr2023


Please join our April 4 community call (11 am ET) for the second tutorial in our Save Our Sisyphus Challenge. This session will provide an in-depth discussion on running data diagnostics, and it will be led by:

Clair Blacketer (Director, Janssen Research and Development)

Mui Van Zandt (VP & GM Real World Data & Tech, IQVIA)

Please remember that all recordings, as well as key links for this event, are available on the SOS Challenge homepage.

Everybody is invited. Calendar invites went out last week. If you did not receive one, please use this link to join the meeting. All recordings from these weekly calls will be posted on both our main OHDSI Teams tenant and on our OHDSI.org Community Calls page.

SOS Challenge Week 2 • Focus: Data Diagnostics

Tutorial 1: Clair Blacketer/Mui Van Zandt (Tuesday, 11 am ET): Meeting Link

Tutorial 2: Clair Blacketer/Jing Li (Tuesday, 7 pm ET): Meeting Link

Office Hours with Clair Blacketer (Thursday, 10 am – 11 am ET): Meeting Link

For more information on the SOS Challenge, links to study-related materials, schedules, meeting links and more, please visit the event homepage.


Upcoming Workgroup Calls – OHDSI


• The new Community Dashboard is now available on OHDSI.org. The dashboard includes tracking sites for publications, YouTube videos, EHDEN Academy courses, network studies, the phenotype explorer, and opportunities.

• The next edition of the Early-Stage Researchers Career Speaker Series will be held Monday, April 10, from 11 am - 12 pm ET, and it will feature a conversation with Anna Ostropolets, a Titan Award honoree as an original leader with the vocabulary team and a DBMI PhD graduate whose interests include bias adjustment in phenotyping and evidence generalizability (Phoebe and KEEPER), as well as point of care evidence generation (Data Consult Service). You can join the meeting using this link.

• The latest OHDSI newsletter is now available. It includes community updates from the last month, including all March publications and presentations, updates on the SOS Challenge, DevCon, the latest collaborator spotlight, and plenty more. If you didn’t receive the newsletter in your inbox, you can subscribe here.

• The agenda and meeting link for DevCon 2023 is now available at the event homepage. The event will last from 9 am – 3 pm on April 21 and will feature 11 short talks around five topics (see agenda on the homepage) in the morning, followed by a trio of afternoon workshops that focus on significant topics for sustained success within our open-source community. Thank you to Adam Black and Paul Nagy for organizing this event.

OHDSI Social Showcase

The #OHDSISocialShowcase concludes this week. All research from the 2022 OHDSI Global Symposium collaborator showcase will have been presented on the Twitter and LinkedIn social feeds over the last few months. Here is the research and the respective leads that will be shared this week.

Monday: A Machine Learning based Enrollment Rate Forecasting System (Yiqiao Yin)

Tuesday : Strategus: Marching towards transparent, reproducible research (Anthony Sena)

Wednesday: Multinational Patterns of Second-line Anti-hyperglycemic Drug Initiation: A LEGEND-T2DM Study (Lovedeep Dhingra)

HADES Development Announcements

• Adam Black announced the release of Andromeda 0.6.3. This release add is AndromedaTable function that works with both the current andromeda tables (SQLite references) and the Andromeda v1.0 tables (Apache Arrow FileSystemDatasets).

• Anthony Sena announced the release of Cohort Generator 0.8.0. This release of CohortGenerator adds the ability to generate subsets of cohorts.

Martin Lavallee announced the release of Capr 2.0.1. This is a patch release, so there are. No major changes.

Thank you to all HADES developers for their continued work to maintain and enhance OHDSI open-source software. For more information on these or future releases, please visit this thread on the OHDSI forums.


• The 2023 OHDSI Global Symposium will be held Oct. 20-22 at the NEW location of the Hilton East Brunswick Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in East Brunswick, N.J. Registration has opened, and the call for collaboration is open until Friday, June 16, at 8 pm ET. Check out the symposium homepage for more information and updates as we get closer to the OHDSI symposium. Please make sure you secure your hotel room by using this link: Available Rooms – Hilton East Brunswick Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

• The 2023 European Symposium — titled “Full Steam Ahead” — will be held July 1-3 in Rotterdam. The main conference will be held Monday, July 3, while there will be tutorials on the weekend of July 1-2. Registration and the call for participation has opened for this event. The deadline for abstracts is April 30.

The 2023 Asia-Pacific (APAC) Symposium will be held July 13-14 at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia, and it will follow MedInfo 2023 (July 8-12 in Sydney, Australia). Registration and the call for participation has opened for this event. The call for participation deadline for abstracts is April 15. The agenda is now posted on the event homepage. The main conference will be held July 13 with sessions focused on OHDSI Global, Research, and OHDSI APAC, while there will be tutorials held on July 14. The call for collaboration is happening now, while registration details will be available shortly.


Ajit Londhe shared a recent forum post announcing a position for Senior Associate Director, Real World Data & Analytics at Boehringer Ingelheim. The purpose of this position is to: generate real world evidence (RWE) to support in-line and pipeline products; provide statistical advice on the analysis of real world data (RWD) to various internal and external stakeholders; contribute to the RWD acquisition strategy and tool evaluation; and participate in the development and presentation of RWE trainings. More information and an application link are available here.

Dina Gifkins also posted an opening on the forums for the position of Associate Director, Epidemiology, at Janssen Research & Development. Among the primary responsibilities would be to: assist with identifying research study needs, drafting proposals and protocols, and contributing to epidemiology and real world data strategy and study conduct across the clinical development program; conduct literature reviews and synthesis; provide assistance to clinical teams with study design; and identify and evaluate data resources to meet therapeutic needs; and work closely with other colleagues in the Epidemiology department when defining research questions, developing epidemiological protocols, and implementing solutions. More information and an application link are available here.

Justin Starren announced that the Successful Clinical Response In Pneumonia Therapy (SCRIPT) Systems Biology Center (SCRIPT) is hiring a postdoctoral fellow to work at the intersection of systems biology and clinical data management. The fellow will collaborate with an interdisciplinary team of clinicians, biologists, geneticists, and data scientists to develop tools to improve the management of multifaceted data to support systems biology research. Candidates should have strong software development skills and an MD or PhD with research experience with Electronic Health Record data. Experience with Common Data Models, such as OMOP CDM from OHDSI, is preferred. More information is available here.

Andrew Williams announced an opening for a Software Developer Analyst II at the Tufts Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). This position will be responsible for executing software development initiatives, including collaborating with various stakeholders to understand requirements and design solutions, evaluating options and developing technical designs, and developing solution using appropriate programming language and/or technical tools.

Noémie Elhadad shared that the Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) is seeking exceptional junior-level faculty members in the tenure track. The positions are open to researchers interested in developing and applying informatics theory and achieving tangible benefits to health care and biology. Three particular foci are (1) machine learning for healthcare and health-related data science, (2) health information technology-based interventions to improve health care and the health of individuals and populations, and (3) translational bioinformatics. DBMI serves as the coordinating center for OHDSI; more information and an application link are posted here.

• The Observational Health Data Analytics (OHDA) team at Janssen Research & Development recently opened up five new internships for the coming summer, with each lasting at least 10 weeks and starting around the middle of May. There are openings for an epidemiology graduate intern, a graduate intern, and an undergraduate intern; check out the respective links for more information and an application link. Janssen also announced two summer internships for a Data Science RWE for R&D position, and a Data Science RWE DevCon position.

• The Center for Computational Life Sciences at Cleveland Clinic offers an opportunity for a visionary Senior Faculty to establish our biomedical research and healthcare system as a global leader in Artificial Intelligence Research (AI). This Senior Faculty position will shape and expand AI technologies and applications centered around biomedical science and healthcare, supported by strong institutional commitment to build their vision. More information is available here.


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