Weekly OHDSI Digest- July 10, 2023


Please join us Tuesday, July 11 (11 am ET), for our next OHDSI Community Call, when we will hear about the 2023 OHDSI European Symposium. This three-day event took place in Rotterdam, Neth., and included a main conference and two days of tutorials and workshops. The full agenda is available here. Thank you to the following members of the Erasmus University Medical Center for providing this review:

• Renske Los (Assistant Professor of Medical Informatics, Erasmus University Medical Center)

• Talita Duarte-Salles (Senior Epidemiologist, IDIAPJGol; Assistant Professor, Erasmus University Medical Center)

• Maxim Moinat (Scientific Researcher, Erasmus University Medical Center)

• Cesar Barboza (Software Developer, Erasmus University Medical Center)

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.


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Congratulations to the team of Giorgio Gandaglia, Francesco Pellegrino, Asieh Golozar, Bertrand De Meulder, Thomas Abbott, Ariel Achtman, Muhammad Imran Omar, Thamir Alshammari, Carlos Areia, Alex Asiimwe, Katharina Beyer, Anders Bjartell, Riccardo Campi, Philip Cornford, Thomas Falconer, Qi Feng, Mengchun Gong, Ronald Herrera, Nigel Hughes, Tim Hulsen, Adam Kinnaird, Lana Lai, Gianluca Maresca, Nicolas Mottet, Marek Oja, Peter Prinsen, Christian Reich, Sebastiaan Remmers, Monique Roobol, Vasileios Sakalis, Sarah Seager, Emma Smith, Robert Snijder, Carl Steinbeisser, Nicolas Thurin, Ayman Hijazy, Kees van Bochove, Roderick Van den Bergh, Mieke Van Hemelrijck, Peter-Paul Willemse, Andrew Williams, Nazanin Zounemat Kermani, Susan Evans-Axelsson, Alberto Briganti, James N’Dow; PIONEER Consortium on the publication of Clinical Characterization of Patients Diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and Undergoing Conservative Management: A PIONEER Analysis Based on Big Data in European Urology.

Congratulations to the team of Craig Mayer and Vojtech Huser on the publication of Learning important common data elements from shared study data: The All of Us program analysis in PLOS One.


Thank you to everybody who organized, supported or took part in the 2023 OHDSI Europe Symposium, which took place July 1-3 in Rotterdam. Videos and research from the weekend will be shared when available.

The latest edition of the OHDSI newsletter is now available, and it includes details of the recent work from our vocabulary team, a mid-year conversation around OHDSI’s work in vocabularies, data and open-source tools, community updates, June publications and presentations, and plenty more.

• The latest collaborator spotlight focuses on Alexander Davydov, the Technical Team Lead for the Medical Vocabulary team in Odysseus Data Services. He shares how his versatile background has benefitted him in all areas of OHDSI, when and why he developed his passion for the community, and his vision for OHDSI’s standardized vocabularies.

• The India Chapter hosted its first webinar on 14 June 2023 entitled “Redefine Indian Healthcare with Real-World Data and Real-World Evidence.” You can watch the presentation here.

• The agenda for the 2023 OHDSI Asia-Pacific (APAC) symposium has been finalized, both for the main conference (July 13) and the tutorial day (July 14). Main conference sessions include: An artisanal approach to crafting real-world evidence; A step-by-step recipe for RWE: The OHDSI Save-our-Sisyphus Challenge; Too many cooks in the kitchen is never enough: Collaborative Data Harmonisation to improve patient care; and A Smorgasbord of Health Data Insights across the APAC Region.

• You can now register for tutorials, workshops and workgroup meetings during the Global Symposium weekend of Oct. 20-22 at the Hilton East Brunswick Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in New Jersey, USA.

• The new Community Dashboard is now available on OHDSI.org. The dashboard includes tracking sites for publicationsYouTube videosEHDEN Academy coursesnetwork studiesthe phenotype explorer, and opportunities.

HADES Development Announcements

• Martin Lavallee announced the releases of both Capr v2.0.5 and Ulysses v0.0.2. Capr updates include change query functions to match known syntax (i.e. drug => drugExposure, condition => conditionOccurrence); require a name for cs(); improve documentation (add vignette for query, count and group). Ulysses updates include: adding functions to interface with keyring API and check credentials; creation of a KeyringSetup.R file to set up database credentials for a study; creation of R file template for building an email requesting an OHDSI study repo using blastula; template R file for pulling cohort definitions from WebApi; function to init git and publish repo in github under an organization; fix bugs in template files.


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 is open, and the call for participation has passed; we received close to 170 submissions! Check out the symposium homepage for more information and updates as we get closer to the OHDSI symposium.

You can now register for the Intro to OHDSI tutorial and/or workgroup meetings during the Global Symposium weekend of Oct. 20-22 at the Hilton East Brunswick Hotel & Executive Meeting Center in New Jersey, USA. There is no sign-up for the HowOften Workshop.

Please make sure you secure your hotel room by using the link found on the OHDSI website symposium homepage under hotel information; rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis at the special OHDSI rate; rooms are 75% full so we encourage you to secure your room now!

• 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.


Frank DeFalco posted an opening for an Janssen Research & Development for an Associate Director, Observational Health Data Analytics – Global Epidemiology. This position will work closely with colleagues within the Epidemiology department. Among other primary responsibilities, this position will be expected to contribute with minimal supervision to the successful delivery of observational analyses for clinical characterization, population-level effect estimation, and patient-level prediction to meet the needs of J&J’s scientific and business functions. More information is available here.

• Evan Phelps shared an opening at UC San Francisco for an experienced ETL Developer / Health Data Analyst on my Research Data Assets team at UCSF. While this position will not initially be focused solely on OMOP, we have a growing focus in that direction, and I’d love to see some applicants from the OHDSI community. This is a full-time, permanent position on a team that primarily works remotely, so relocation would not be required if you already live within the United States. More information is available on this post or on the application link.

• There is an opening with IQVIA for an OMOP Data Analyst. Job overview: Under broad guidance, performs data analytics activities related to complex business problems and issues to provide insight to decision makers. May provide analytic support for internal project teams and for external client consulting or services engagements. You can find the full posting and apply here.

• 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 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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