Collaborator Spotlights

OHDSI collaborator spotlights highlight members of our community and show both the energy within OHDSI, as well as the breadth of work happening around the world. Please read some of our spotlights, and be on the lookout for more in the coming months!

Clair Blacketer

“One of the things I love about OHDSI is that there is very little ego involved. No one person’s work is more important than the other; when we bring our expertise and knowledge together we create something truly great that has the potential to transform the field of observational health research.” 

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Asieh Golozar

“There is a lot of energy and good will in the community. It is open, inclusive, and extremely diverse. I get my energy from the community. The enthusiasm and drive to do the right thing and to improve human lives and the possibility to work with such diverse group of individuals and learn from them excites me and pushes me to do more. I am extremely proud to be a part of this effort.” 

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Kristin Kostka

“OHDSI is a rare place where everyone really rolls up their sleeves. It’s easy to talk, but doing takes energy and dedication. Time and again I’ve seen the community rally around supporting a need and turn it into something amazing. I think what makes OHDSI the right environment is the mission. We all want to be part of something bigger than ourselves. We all want to see healthcare change for the better.”

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Jenny Lane

“Being part of OHDSI has changed my ideas of how research should be designed, undertaken and reported. I feel that these notions are vital for science to move forward. I feel that this year has definitely changed the way I feel about open science, and that transparency and collaboration are key to the future of epidemiological research during the time of ‘fake news.’”

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Evan Minty

“As an internist, I’ve become a better consumer of observational studies, and predictive model studies in particular. That has been very helpful in the COVID era. I was better able to appraise the observational studies that were being published, while OHDSI’s own work produced effect estimates that I was able to confidently bring to the bedside. As an example, I was able to cite the work done by this group when justifying restraint regarding hydroxychloroquine in COVID-19 related respiratory disease to patients and their families.” 

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Paul Nagy

“OHDSI is a multi-disciplinary community pushing the boundaries of computational observational research so there is always something new to learn. The values of being transparent in our methods and in our software resonate with me in trying to make a lasting impact. I get energized from going to OHDSI meetings because I always meet new people, learn new things, and am part of making a difference in improving healthcare.” 

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Nicole Pratt

“I often sit in those teleconferences (often late at night or in the wee hours of the morning here in Australia) and marvel at the discoveries and new insights that are shared so openly. The light bulb moments that lead to fabulous discoveries! The work that has been generated in LEGEND and EUMAEUS is important clinically, it can help to update clinical guidelines and provides robust evidence for medicine regulators – but for me these landmark studies have also provided critical insights into which methodologies are appropriate under which conditions – especially the value of empirical calibration!” 

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Anthony Sena

“OHDSI’s core values include openness and reproducibility and the open-source nature of OHDSI is critical in supporting those values. Open-source software development has trade-offs but by publishing code used to produce results, we strive to make the work we do as a community as transparent as possible.”  

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Kees van Bochove

“To really build on each other’s work, it’s not enough to peer review a paper now and then, nor is it enough to have Github repositories for your code. You have to collaborate on all levels — on data, on methodology, on software, on the language and terms you use — exactly like OHDSI does!”  

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Mui Van Zandt

“What inspires me the most to stay active and a leader is the ability to collaborate to improve our overall health decisions and better care. It’s something I truly believe in as a great cause for ourselves and our future generations. There are so many out there who think just like me and it really shows by the amount of openness and collaboration that is out there in the OHDSI community. Both personally and professionally, it’s great to see the number of people who care and want to help, and then actually do help and make a difference.”  

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Seng Chan You

“OHDSI has six values: Innovation, Reproducibility, Community, Collaboration, Openness, and Beneficence. OHDSI pursues highly reliable evidence through innovative ways and open-science spirit. When I started my journey in 2016, many gurus in OHDSI welcomed and helped me a lot. OHDSI works hard to produce medical evidence for better care for humanity. It is truly impressive that OHDSI is trying to hold its values.”   

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