Weekly OHDSI Digest- April 10, 2023


Please join our April 11 community call (11 am ET) for the third tutorial in our Save Our Sisyphus Challenge. This session will provide an in-depth discussion on phenotype evaluation, and it will be led by:

• Asieh Golozar (VP, Global Head of Data Science, Odysseus Data Services, Inc.)

• Anna Ostropolets (Director, Head of Innovation Lab, Odysseus Data Services, Inc.)

Please remember that all recordings, as well as key links for this event, are available on the SOS Challenge homepage.

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.

SOS Challenge Week 3 • Focus: Phenotype Evaluation

Tutorial 1: Asieh Golozar/Anna Ostropolets (Tuesday, 11 am ET): Meeting Link

Tutorial 2: Christian Reich/Gowtham Rao (Tuesday, 7 pm ET): Meeting Link

Office Hours with Gowthan Rao (Friday, 9:30 am – 10:30 am ET): Meeting Link

For more information on the SOS Challenge, links to study-related materials, schedules, meeting links and more, please visit the event homepage.


Upcoming Workgroup Calls – OHDSI


• Congratulations to the team of Erica A. Voss, Azza Shoaibi, Lana Yin Hui Lai, Clair Blacketer, Thamir Alshammari, Rupa Makadia, Kevin Haynes, Anthony G. Sena, Gowtham Rao, Sebastiaan van Sandijk, Clement Fraboulet, Laurent Boyer, Tanguy Le Carrour, Scott Horban, Daniel R. Morales, Jordi Martínez Roldán, Juan Manuel Ramírez-Anguita, Miguel A. Mayer, Marcel de Wilde, Luis H. John, Talita Duarte-Salles, Elena Roel, Andrea Pistillo, Raivo Kolde, Filip Maljković, Spiros Denaxas, Vaclav Papez, Michael G. Kahn, Karthik Natarajan, Christian Reich, Alex Secora, Evan P. Minty, Nigam H. Shah, Jose D. Posada, Maria Teresa Garcia Morales, Diego Bosca, Honorio Cadenas Juanino, Antonio Diaz Holgado, Miguel Pedrera Jiménez, Pablo Serrano Balazote, Noelia García Barrio, Selçuk Şen, Ali Yağız Üresin, Baris Erdogan, Luc Belmans, Geert Byttebier, Manu L.N.G. Malbrain, Daniel J. Dedman, Zara Cuccu, Rohit Vashisht, Atul J. Butte, Ayan Patel, Lisa Dahm, Cora Han, Fan Bu, Faaizah Arshad, Anna Ostropolets, Fredrik Nyberg, George Hripcsak, Marc A. Suchard, Dani Prieto-Alhambra, Peter R. Rijnbeek, Martijn J. Schuemie, and Patrick B. Ryan on the publication of Contextualising adverse events of special interest to characterise the baseline incidence rates in 24 million patients with COVID-19 across 26 databases: a multinational retrospective cohort study in eClinicalMedicine.

• Congratulations to the team of Francesco Cremonesi, Vincent Planat, Varvara Kalokyri, Haridimos Kondylakis, Tiziana Sanavia, Victor Miguel Mateos Resinas, Babita Singh, and Silvia Uribe on the publication of The need for multimodal health data modeling: a practical approach for a federated-learning healthcare platform in the Journal of Biomedical Informatics.

• Congratulations to the team of Smith Heavner, Wesley Anderson, Rahul Kashyap, Pamela Dasher, Ewy Mathé, Laura Merson, Philippe Guerin, Jeff Weaver, Matthew Robinson, Marco Schito, Vishakha Kumar, and Paul Nagy on the publication of A Path to Real-World Evidence in Critical Care Using Open-Source Data Harmonization Tools in Critical Care Explorations.


Deadlines to participate in the OHDSI Asia-Pacific (APAC) and European Symposiums are quickly approaching. The APAC call for participation ends Friday, April 15, while the European call for participation concludes Sunday, April 30.

• 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.

• The latest OHDSI newsletter is now available. It includes community updates from the last month, including all March publications and presentations, updates on the SOS Challenge, DevCon, the latest collaborator spotlight, and plenty more. If you didn’t receive the newsletter in your inbox, you can subscribe here.

• The agenda and meeting link for DevCon 2023 is now available at the event homepage. The event will last from 9 am – 3 pm on April 21 and will feature 11 short talks around five topics (see agenda on the homepage) in the morning, followed by a trio of afternoon workshops that focus on significant topics for sustained success within our open-source community. Thank you to Adam Black and Paul Nagy for organizing this event.

HADES Development Announcements

• Jamie Gilbert announced the releases of both CohortDiagnostics 3.2.0 and ResultModelManager 0.4.0. The CohortDiagnostics update removed package dependency snapshot capture as it was breaking on newer versions of R. The ResultModelManager release adds some vignettes on usage as well as a QueryNamespace class that adds a wrapper around SqlRender functionality that allows execution of queries with fixed parameters from result model specifications.

• Martijn Schuemie announced the release of EvidenceSynthesis 0.4.1. The only change is the addition of a video vignette, which was also featured in the ESMARConf 2023 conference.

• Chris Knoll announced the release of ATLAS/WebAPI 2.13.0. More information on both the ATLAS and WebAPI updates can be found within the links.

Thank you to all HADES developers for their continued work to maintain and enhance OHDSI open-source software. For more information on these or future releases, please visit this thread on the OHDSI forums.

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. Please make sure you secure your hotel room by using this link: Available Rooms – Hilton East Brunswick Hotel & Executive Meeting Center

• 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 and the call for participation has opened for this event. The deadline for abstracts is April 30.

• 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.


• 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 Observational Health Data Analytics (OHDA) team at Janssen Research & Development recently opened up five new internships for the coming summer, with each lasting at least 10 weeks and starting around the middle of May. There are openings for an epidemiology graduate interna graduate intern, and an undergraduate intern; check out the respective links for more information and an application link. Janssen also announced two summer internships for a Data Science RWE for R&D position, and a Data Science RWE DevCon position.

• 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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