Weekly OHDSI Digest – February 12, 2004


Please join our next community call on Tuesday, Feb. 13 (11 am ET) for our second set of updates from both our OHDSI workgroups and the Phenotype Phebruary leadership team. Workgroups will share their 2024 Objectives and Key Results (OKRs), and then we will hear about the second week of work in Phenotype Phebruary, with an emphasis on this week’s focused phenotype, non-small cell and small cell lung cancer.

Among the workgroups that we will hear from on Tuesday are Common Data Model, Network Data Quality, Asia-Pacific (APAC), Industry, Eye Care & Vision Research, and Surgery & Perioperative Medicine.

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.


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Congratulations to the team of Woo Yeon Park, Kyulee Jeon, Teri Sippel Schmidt, Haridimos Kondylakis, Tarik Alkasab, Blake E Dewey, Seng Chan You, and Paul Nagy on the publication of Development of Medical Imaging Data Standardization for Imaging-Based Observational Research: OMOP Common Data Model Extension in the Journal of Imaging Informatics in Medicine.

Congratulations to the team of Xinyuan Zhang, Yixue Feng, Fang Li, Jin Ding, Danyal Tahseen, Ezekiel Hinojosa, Yong Chen, and Cui Tao on the publication of Evaluating MedDRA-to-ICD terminology mappings in BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making.


If you are interested in joining the Scientific Review Committee for the 2024 Global Symposium, you can sign up now. The deadline to sign up is Feb. 16, and the first meeting will be held March 7.

• James Weaver, an Associate Director of Observational Health Data Analytics at Janssen Research and Development, will speak during a panel session on Current Approaches for Distributed Analysis on Thursday, March 14 (1 pm ET) during a Health Data Research Network Canada event. This will be a virtual conversation; more information and a registration link are available here.

• Under the leadership of Azza Shoaibi, Anna Ostropolets, Gowtham Rao and James Weaver, Phenotype Phebruary 2024 focuses on assessing consistency in phenotype definition components, phenotype representation structure, and phenotype validation methods. The month-long activity empowers OHDSI collaborators to engage with each other while advancing the science of phenotyping and gaining education and training around phenotype development and evaluation. You can check out the event homepage here.

• 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 — Toward a General-Purpose Geography-Focused OHDSI Infrastructure (Kyle Zollo-Venecek)

Tuesday — The Development and Validation of an Individual-Level Socioeconomic Deprivation Index (ISDI) with OMOP in the NIH’s All of Us Data Network (Nripendra Acharya)

Wednesday — Incorporating measurement values into patient-level prediction with missing entries: a feasibility study (Xiaoyu Wang)

Thursday — The Use of the Julia Programming Language for Global Health Informatics and Observational Health Research (Jacob Zelko)

Friday — Analyzing a Tabloid Headline with Real-World Data: A Summer Intern’s Investigation (Delia Harms)

Job Openings

• Alex Asiimwe shared three openings at Gilead that could be of interest to OHDSI collaborators. There are openings for a Director, RWE – Data Science, a Director, Data Acquisition, and a Senior Director, Head of Data Office. You can learn more about each position and apply using the links above.

• 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.

• The University of North Carolina Chapel Hill CTSA is hiring a Research Informatics Specialist. This is a remote position (US only, with mostly East Coast hours). This person will join a skilled and highly collaborative team of data analysts, software developers, and data scientists within our CTSA. The core purpose of this position is to support the All of Us Center for Linkage and Acquisition of Data project. We are looking for folks with SQL and health care and/or claims data experience, especially OMOP.

 There is an opening for a Data Steward position at the EBMT. Among the responsibilities is the design, implementation and testing of new data collection processes including data collection forms (DCFs) development, as well as the mapping of new items from DCFs to the OMOP CDM.


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