This Week In OHDSI

The OHDSI community prides itself on global collaboration through open science. As a virtual community with collaborators on six different continents, we have weekly meetings to present research, share information, and keep each other updated on both current and upcoming projects. We hold these meetings on Tuesdays at 11 am ET in our Microsoft Teams environment. If you don’t have access to this, please fill out this form.

You can learn about our weekly calls, including the upcoming schedule of topics, and see materials (videos/slides/shoutouts) from previous calls by visiting our Community Calls page.

OHDSI has a variety of ongoing projects led by workgroups. Each workgroup has its own leadership team which determines the project’s objectives, goals and artifacts to be contributed to the community. Workgroup participation is open to all who have an interest in contributing to the project objectives and goals. Workgroups may be long-standing, strategic objectives or short-term projects to accomplish a specific need in the community. Each of the workgroups has its own home in the Teams environment, and you can get access to these groups by filling out this form (please note that you must have Teams access first, which is available through the first form linked above).

Please use our Upcoming Workgroup Calls page to see the upcoming schedule of calls (and appropriate links), as well as the standard schedule of calls for each group (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.).

The weekly update is below. If you missed any previous updates, or are looking for links to past updates or presentations, they are stored on our weekly Community Calls page.

We hope you will bring your talents, interests, curiosity and enthusiasm to OHDSI by joining both our weekly community calls and the workgroups that most interest you. That is how you #JoinTheJourney.

WEEKLY UPDATE • May 30, 2023

The May 30 OHDSI Community Call provided a dedicated session on the 2023 Global Symposium collaborator showcase. After a brief discussion about the logistics of submitting your brief report, multiple sessions with small breakout groups were held to discuss submissions and brainstorm about ideas, challenges, and more.

The OHDSI 2023 Global Symposium collaborator showcase deadline is less than three weeks away. All brief reports must be submitted by 8 pm EST on Friday, June 16. More information on the collaborator showcase is available here, and you can use this link to submit your brief report.

Community Updates

• Congratulations to the team of Paul Kingsbury, Hakob Abajian, Mark Abajian, Praveen Angyan, Juan Espinoza, Beau MacDonald, Daniella Meeker, John Wilson, and Neil Bahroos on the publication of SEnDAE: A resource for expanding research into social and environmental determinants of health in Computer Methods and Programs in Biomedicine.

• While tutorials for the SOS Challenge have concluded, work on the studies are ongoing. Cindy Cai, who is leading the Anti-VEGF study, announced that data partners are being accepted through July 14, 2023; her interpretation on the first study results is available here. Jack Janetzki, Seng Chan You and the fluoroquinolone also provided a results interpretation session last week, and they announced that weekly meetings would continue at their regular time through the end of July. All information and tutorials from the event are available on the SOS Challenge homepage.

• The OHDSI India chapter will be hosting its first webinar on “Redefine Indian healthcare with Real-world data and Real-world evidence” on June 14, 2023, from 3-4 pm IST. This webinar will share the latest progress within the RWD/RWE space in India and share how collaboration with the OHDSI India chapter can transform the healthcare management landscape in India. Nicole Pratt and Vikram Patil will be among the featured speakers. If you are interested, please visit the OHDSI India homepage to register.

• EHealth Hub For Cancer is funding 5 PhD students to work on cutting-edge cancer health data science research. These fully funded PhD studentships include a tax-free stipend (with fees paid) along with expenses, and 12-month travel to partner sites and materials are available. The program is being coordinated by Aedin Culhane in the School of Medicine, University of Limerick, Ireland, and the team is looking for students with a background in statistics, epidemiologists, bioinformatics, computational biology, software engineering or a related quantitative discipline. Please see this form for more details and application information; the deadline is 15 June 2023.

• The PIONEER team is leading a studyathon June 13-16 in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on “Observational health data analysis on the adverse events of systemic treatment in patients with metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer” and is looking for participation from the OHDSI community, and specifically members of the Oncology WG. This will be a hybrid event so online participation is welcome. If you are interested in learning more, please fill out this form. PIONEER are especially looking for: collaborators with data on metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer already in the OMOP-CDM; experts with coding skills in R, SQL and Python; data analysts familiar with R and R Shiny; and epidemiologists with experience in phenotyping.

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


OHDSI Symposiums and Other Collaboration Opportunities

• 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.

• 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 is open, while the collaborator showcase submission deadline has passed.

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 is open for this event. The call for participation deadline has passed. The agenda is now posted on the event homepage.

Job Postings

• 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.


Collaborator Showcase | Community Updates

Collaborator Showcase Intro Video (Breakouts were not recorded)