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Weekly OHDSI Digest - May 13, 2024


Please join our May 14 (11 am ET) community call for a series of 10-minute tutorials, as four open-source development leaders provide introductions and brief live demonstrations on tools that can aid our community in observational healthcare research:

• Martí Català Sabaté, Medical Statistician/Data Scientist, University of Oxford (Drug Utilization)

• Kim López Güell, Dphil Student, University of Oxford (Cohort Survival)

• Maarten van Kessel , Software Developer, Erasmus MC (Treatment Pattens)

• Louisa Smith, Assistant Professor, Northeastern University (All of Us Research)

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.


Upcoming Workgroup Calls – OHDSI


• The next edition of the CBER BEST Initiative Seminar Series will be held Wednesday, May 22, at 11 am ET. We are excited to welcome George Hripcsak to share a presentation on Diagnosing Covariate Imbalance in Small-Cohort Studies. You can read about the talk, find the meeting link and watch past presentations on our CBER BEST Seminar Series homepage.

• Applications are being accepted to join the 2024-25 Kheiron Cohort. This program is designed to onboard new contributors into OHDSI to empower them to become active contributors and maintainers. The goals are to provide career development, create a global perspective of the ecosystem, build cross-connections between projects and develop future leaders for OHDSI. You can apply for the upcoming cohort now! The application deadline is June 1, 2024.

• Applications are also being accepted for the 2024 Maternal Health Data Science Fellowship, which is designed to empower clinical investigators to leverage emerging technologies for improved maternal and neonatal care while reducing morbidity and mortality. The program, which will include the components of career development, practice and networking, will train clinical investigators in observational research methods to enable them to conduct reproducible research and generate real-world evidence. More information, including application details, are now available, and the deadline to apply is May 15, 2024.

Linying Zhang is organizing a workshop on “AI for Reliable and Equitable Real-World Evidence Generation in Medicine” at the 22nd International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Medicine (AIME), happening at Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 9-12, 2024. The workshop focuses on advancing the understanding and exploring the transformative role of artificial intelligence (AI) in analyzing real-world data (RWD) for real-world evidence (RWE) generation. George Hripcsak will be delivering the opening keynote speech. The workshop will also feature scientific presentations from authors with accepted papers or abstracts, and potentially a panel or debate. The intended length is 4 hours. We are calling for submissions of full papers, short papers, and poster abstracts! The submission deadline is May 31, 2024. More information is available on the workshop or AIME Conference homepages.

Marissa Fiorella shared a forum post highlighting the upcoming Symposium on Risks and Opportunities of Artificial Intelligence in Pharmaceutical Medicine (AIPM), which will be held June 10-11 at Northeastern University, and will also have a Zoom option. Some OHDSI collaborators who are either speaking or helping organize the event are David Madigan, Asieh Golozar, David Sontag, Louisa Smith, and Marc Suchard. More details and registration information are available here.

OHDSI Social Showcase

• Research from the 2023 Global Symposium Collaborator Showcase can be viewed on the Global Symposium Showcase page. Research is also being shared daily on OHDSI’s LinkedIn, Twitter/X and Instagram feeds as part of the #OHDSISocialShowcase. Below are posters (with study leads) that are featured this week:

Monday — Demonstrating Scalable Integration of Clinical, Translational, and Manufacturing Data to Explore Role of Manufacturing Approach in Driving Health Outcomes (Ben Smith)

Tuesday — Examining differential measurement error due to race, age, and sex in mental health disorders using PheValuator (Joel Swerdel)

Wednesday — Treatment pattern of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women using OMOP CDM (Dachung Boo)

Thursday — Unraveling the Mediating Role of Frailty: Understanding Health Care Utilization among Older Sexual and Gender Minority Adults in the All of Us Research Program (Chelsea Wong)

Friday — GUSTO Data Vault: Laying the foundations for an open science system with OMOP Data Catalogue (Cindy Ho)


Registration is open for the 2024 OHDSI Europe Symposium, which will be held June 1-3 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. There will be tutorials and workshops June 1-2 at the Erasmus University Medical Center, and the main conference will be held Monday, June 3, on the Steam Ship Rotterdam. Please visit the event homepage for more information and registration details.

2024 Global Symposium

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.


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.

Dani Prieto-Alhambra recently shared an opening for two Research Assistants in Health Data Sciences to join the Pharmaco- and Device epidemiology research group at the Botnar Research Centre, NDORMS, University of Oxford. In this role, you will contribute to the programming of analytical pipelines for the analysis of routinely collected data mapped to the OMOP Common Data Model. You will analyze real world data to address regulatory questions related to the prevalence/incidence of disease, use of medicines/vaccines, and the risks or benefits of medicines/vaccines or devices. You will prepare analytical packages to run a number of pre-specified analyses, contribute to wider project planning, including ideas for new research projects and gather, analyze, and present scientific data from a variety of sources. The application deadline is May 10. More information and an application link are available here.


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