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Weekly OHDSI Digest - June 10, 2024


Please join us Tuesday, June 11 (11 am ET), for a review of the 2024 OHDSI Europe Symposium. Leaders from the event will reflect on another incredible community event. Following an introduction about the event, we will hear about the training activities (with a focus on ETL), software demos, and an example of progress being made among the National Nodes. We are excited to welcome the following to lead this session:

- Peter Reinbeek • Professor of Medical Informatics and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics, Erasmus MC

- Maxim Moinat • Scientific Researcher, Erasmus MC

- Cesar Barboza Gutierrez • R Software Developer, Erasmus MC

- Liesbet Peeters • Assistant Professor of Biomedical Data Sciences, UHasselt

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 are available within our Teams environment and will be posted on both our YouTube page and our OHDSI.org Community Calls page.


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Congratulations to the team of Giorgio Gandaglia, Francesco Pellegrino, Bertrand De Meulder, Ayman Hijazy, Thomas Abbott, Asieh Golozar, Rossella Nicoletti, Juan Gomez-Rivas, Carl Steinbeisser, Susan Evans-Axelsson, Alberto Briganti, and James N’Dow on the recent publication of Research protocol for an observational health data analysis to assess the applicability of randomized controlled trials focusing on newly diagnosed metastatic prostate cancer using real-world data: PIONEER IMI’s “big data for better outcomes” program in the International Journal of Surgery Protocols.

• Congratulations to the team of Maria A Rujano, Jan-Willem Boiten, Christian Ohmann, Steve Canham, Sergio Contrino, Romain David, Jonathan Ewbank, Claudia Filippone, Claire Connellan, Ilse Custers, Rick van Nuland, Michaela Th Mayrhofer, Petr Holub, Eva García Álvarez, Emmanuel Bacry, Nigel Hughes, Mallory A Freeberg, Birgit Schaffhauser, Harald Wagener, Alex Sánchez-Pla, Guido Bertolini, Maria Panagiotopoulou on the recent publication of Sharing sensitive data in life sciences: an overview of centralized and federated approaches in Briefings in Bioinformatics.

• Congratulations to the team of Pedro Mateus, Justine Moonen, Magdalena Beran, Eva Jaarsma, Sophie M van der Landen, Joost Heuvelink, Mahlet Birhanu, Alexander Harms, Esther Bron, Frank J Wolters, Davy Cats, Hailiang Mei, Julie Oomens, Willemijn Jansen, Miranda T Schram, Andre Dekker, and Inigo Bermejo on the recent publication of Data harmonization and federated learning for multi-cohort dementia research using the OMOP common data model: A Netherlands consortium of dementia cohorts case study in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

• Congratulations to the team of Felix N Wirth, Hammam Abu Attieh, and Fabian Prasser on the recent publication of OHDSI-compliance: a set of document templates facilitating the implementation and operation of a software stack for real-world evidence generation in Frontiers in Medicine.

• Congratulations to the team of Shahim Essaid, Jeff Andre, Ian M Brooks, Katherine H Hohman, Madelyne Hull, Sandra L Jackson, Michael G Kahn, Emily M Kraus, Neha Mandadi, Amanda K Martinez, Joyce Y Mui, Bob Zambarano, and Andrey Soares on the publication of MENDS-on-FHIR: leveraging the OMOP common data model and FHIR standards for national chronic disease surveillance in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.


• All collaborator showcase submissions for the 2024 Global Symposium are due by 8 pm ET on Friday, June 21. Please use this link to submit your brief report!

The next edition of the CBER BEST Seminar Series will be held Wednesday, June 26, at 11 am ET. Jenna Wong, Assistant Professor in the Department of Population Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Institute, will lead a session on Applying Machine Learning in Distributed Networks to Support Activities for Post-Market Surveillance of Medical Products: Opportunities, Challenges, and Considerations. The full schedule for the CBER BEST Seminar Series, including past presentations, is available here.

• If you are attending #DIA2024 in San Diego next week, there will be an OHDSI meetup on Tuesday, June 18, at 6 pm. Thanks to Davera Gabriel and Mui Van Zandt for leading this effort to connect, network and celebrate the many accomplishments of our community!


Registration is now open for the 2024 Global Symposium, which will be held Oct. 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick, N.J., USA. The three-day event will feature tutorials on Day 1, plenaries and the collaborator showcase on Day 2, and workgroup activities on Day 3.

• Day 1 will open with a single tutorial in the morning: An Introduction to the Journey from Data to Evidence using OHDSI. There will be four advanced tutorials during the afternoon: An Introduction to the Journey from Data to Evidence using OHDSI; Developing and Evaluating Your Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) Process to the OMOP Common Data Model; So, You Think You Want To Run an OHDSI Network Study?; and Using the OHDSI Standardized Vocabularies for Research. You can select your tutorials during the registration process.

• Collaborator Showcase submissions are now being accepted, and all details about the event are available here. Submissions are due by Friday, June 21, at 8 pm ET. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out by Tuesday, Aug. 20.

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Cynthia Sung announced an opening for a Senior Program Officer, AI and Health, at the Gates Foundation. This role will support several teams at the Foundation who are considering and investing in multiple applications of AI in Health. As such, this individual will be responsible for developing our overarching strategy to healthcare applications in AI; conceptualizing, investing and managing investments in health applications of AI; providing advice and technical assistance to other program teams considering investment in this area; advocate for the safe, responsible use of AI as force multiplier to reducing inequality in health in low and middle income countries.

Aki Nishimura announced that Johns Hopkins University is seeking postdoctoral fellows. The fellows would work on methodological research in pharmaco-epidemiology to address medication and device utilization, effectiveness, and safety relevant to health, lung, and blood diseases. More information and application details are available here .


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