Weekly OHDSI Digest – April 8, 2024


Please join our April 9 (11 am ET) community call for a session focused on Vocabulary Techniques for ETL. This call will also include our second April Olympians update (Clair Blacketer and Melanie Philofsky), as well as the first OKR presentation from the newly formed Rehabilitation Workgroup (Ruud Selles and Esther Janssen).

We will have four community leaders to present on Vocabulary Techiques for ETL:

– Alexander Davydov , Director, Lead of Medical Ontologies, Odysseus Data Services, Inc.

  • Dmitry Dymshyts, Associate Director, Janssen Research & Development

– Tanya Skugarevskaya , Vocabulary Team, Odysseus Data Services, Inc.

  • Anna Ostropolets, Associate Director, Janssen Research & Development

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 are available within our Teams environment and will be posted on both our YouTube page and our OHDSI.org Community Calls page.


Upcoming Workgroup Calls – OHDSI


Congratulations to the team of Pawel Rajwa, Angelika Borkowetz, Thomas Abbott, Andrea Alberti, Anders Bjartell, James T. Brash, Riccardo Campi, Andrew Chilelli, Mitchell Conover, Niculae Constantinovici, Eleanor Davies, Bertrand De Meulder, Sherrine Eid, Mauro Gacci, Asieh Golozar, Haroon Hafeez, Samiul Haque, Ayman Hijazy, Tim Hulsen, Andreas Josefsson, Sara Khalid, Raivo Kolde, Daniel Kotik, Samu Kurki, Mark Lambrecht, Chi-Ho Leung, Julia Moreno, Rossella Nicoletti, Daan Nieboer, Marek Oja, Soundarya Palanisamy, Peter Prinsen, Christian Reich, Giulio Raffaele Resta, Maria J Ribal, Juan Gómez Rivas, Emma Smith, Robert Snijder, Carl Steinbeisser, Frederik Vandenberghe, Philip Cornford, Susan Evans-Axelsson, James N’Dow, and Peter-Paul M Willemse on the publication of Research Protocol for an Observational Health Data Analysis on the Adverse Events of Systemic Treatment in Patients with Metastatic Hormone-sensitive Prostate Cancer: Big Data Analytics Using the PIONEER Platform in European Urology Open Science.


The CBER BEST Initiative Seminar Series returns Wednesday, April 17 (11 am – 12 pm ET) as 2021 Titan Award honoree Yong Chen presents his research on **”**Real-World Effectiveness of BNT162b2 Against Infection and Severe Diseases in Children and Adolescents: causal inference under misclassification in treatment status.” This series is open to anybody: Calendar invite to CBER BEST Seminar.

• The latest OHDSI newsletter is now available. This newsletter includes information on the recent standardized vocabularies release, a preview of the April Olympians collaborative activity, the latest collaborator spotlight on Melanie Philofsky, the monthly videocast, links to the nine published studies from the OHDSI community in March, and plenty more. If you don’t receive the newsletter in your inbox, you can subscribe here.

• Melanie Philofsky is a Senior Business & Data Analyst with Odysseus Data Services, Inc. She is responsible for the harmonization of various healthcare data sources into the OMOP Common Data Model to support research endeavors. Her areas of expertise include clinical informatics, data analysis, data quality, ETL conversions, EHR data, the OMOP CDM and data modeling of new domains. Melanie was the 2022 Titan Award honoree for Contributions in Data Standards. In the latest edition of the Collaborator Spotlight, she discusses her career journey, her work with the Healthcare Systems and Themis workgroups, plans for the April Olympians Collab-a-thon, and more!

• The third annual OHDSI DevCon will be held virtually on Friday, April 26, from 9 am-3 pm ET.

Join leaders from our Open-Source Community for a day to both welcome and inform both new and veteran developers within the OHDSI Community. More details on the agenda will be posted when available.
Atif Adam announced an opportunity for collaboration around a new network study focusing on Acute ST-Elevation Myocardial Infarction (STEMI). The study intends to deepen the understanding of STEMI patients’ characteristics and identify incidence rates across multiple real-world data datasets. More details and information on how to get involved are available within the forum post.

• Research from the 2023 Global Symposium Collaborator Showcase can be viewed on the Global Symposium Showcase page. Research is also being shared daily on OHDSI’s LinkedInTwitter/X and Instagram feeds as part of the #OHDSISocialShowcase. Below are posters (with study leads) that are featured this week:

Monday — Integrating clinical and laboratory research data using the OMOP CDM (Edward Frankenberger)

Tuesday — A new route of administration hierarchy derived from dose forms supporting standardised drug dose calculations (Theresa Burkard)

Wednesday — Bayesian Evidence Synthesis with Bias Correction (Louisa Smith)

Thursday — Save Our Sisyphus Challenge: Lessons learned from Strategus execution on the OHDSI Network (Anthony Sena)

Friday — Incorporating Real-World Data Research in Training First-Year Medical Students Using OHDSI OMOP and Atlas tools (Pavel Goriacko)


• The 2024 OHDSI Global Symposium will be held Oct. 22-24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in New Brunswick, NJ. The tentative symposium format will feature tutorials on Oct. 22, plenaries and the collaborator showcase on Oct. 23, and workgroup activities on Oct. 24. Registration has not opened yet.

• Registration is now OPEN for the 2024 OHDSI Europe Symposium, which will be held June 1-3 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. There will be tutorials and workshops June 1-2 at the Erasmus University Medical Center, and the main conference will be held Monday, June 3, on the Steam Ship Rotterdam. Please visit the event homepage for more information and registration details.


• Alex Asiimwe shared an opening for a Director, RWE – Data Science at Gilead. As a RWE Data Scientist (OMOP/OHDSI), you will play a crucial role in designing, implementing, and maintaining healthcare data solutions using the OHDSI framework. This position offers an exciting opportunity to contribute to advancements in health informatics and research.

• Linying Zhang shared openings for both a Postdoc and a Senior Data Analyst at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Successful candidates will work on causal machine learning and responsible AI for reliable real-world evidence generation. Interested applicants should send a CV and cover letter to linyingz@wustl.edu.

• Nathan Hall introduced a summer internship at Johnson & Johnson for an Epidemiology UX/Web Design Intern. This internship provides a unique opportunity to merge design principles with epidemiological research, contributing to the advancement of real-world evidence applications. In this role, you will have the opportunity to blend your passion for user experience (UX) and web design with the field of epidemiology, contributing to impactful projects that enhance our ability to derive insights from health data. More information and an application link are available here.


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