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 • Oct. 12, 2021

The Oct. 12 OHDSI Community Call paid tribute to the 2021 Titan Award honorees. How did they enhance OHDSI’s mission over the last year? What should the community know about their work?

Besides recognizing the superb accomplishments of these eight community leaders, this meeting hopefully showed the type of global impact one person can make, and inspire others as our community moves towards 2022!

Our 2021 Titan Award honorees were:

Maxim Moinat (Data Standards)
Yong Chen (Methodological Research)
Adam Black (Open-Source Development)
Asieh Golozar (Clinical Applications)
Erica Voss (Community Collaboration)
Mui Van Zandt (Community Leadership)
Faaizah Arshad (Community Support)
Ross Williams (Community Support)


• The recent LEGEND study, published in Hypertension,Comparative First-Line Effectiveness and Safety of ACE (Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme) Inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers: A Multinational Cohort Study” was profiled recently in JAMA. Author Jennifer Abbasi wrote the article “Choose ARBs Over ACE Inhibitors for First-line Hypertension Treatment, Large New Analysis Suggests” recently, which includes quotes from lead author RuiJun Chen and senior author George Hripcsak.

• The LEGEND team is preparing to apply high-level analytics and its 10 Guiding Principles on hundreds of millions of patient records to study the effects of treatments on Type 2 diabetes (you will learn more about LEGEND during the Oct. 19 community call). The research protocol is now available as a preprint. Community feedback is welcome.

• All recordings, materials and resources from the two-day HL7 FHIR and OHDSI workshop have been made available here. Five subgroups have been added: Data Model Harmonization, Digital Quality Measurement, Oncology, Registries and Applications, and Terminologies. More information and links are available on this forum post.

• The 2021 APAC Symposium will be held Nov. 18 (APAC time zone). There are several planned talks during the full-day event, including ones focused on the FHIR/OHDSI collaboration, the APAC Chapter vision for 2022, the EHDEN consortium and state of the community talks for both the global community and the APAC community. More details have been posted to the OHDSI APAC page, and you can register for the symposium here.

• The October edition of The Journey Newsletter came out recently, and it includes all the details of how to watch the 2021 Symposium, as well as the latest monthly podcast, information on the CDM v5.4, the “Our Journey: Where the OHDSI Community Has Been, and Where Are We Going” book, publications and presentations from September, and plenty more.

• The next CBER BEST Seminar Series presentation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 20, at 11 am ET. Nicola P. Klein, MD, PhD (Kaiser Permanente Division of Research) will discuss her work on Exploring Vaccine Safety Datalink COVID vaccine rapid cycle analysis (RCA) methods. You can register for this talk here.

• The #OHDSISocialShowcase began recently. Over the next few months, research from the OHDSI2021 Collaborator Showcase will be profiled each weekday on both the OHDSI Twitter and LinkedIn accounts. Please follow and share to highlight the breadth of research happening around our community.

Video: Meet The Titans