Weekly OHDSI Digest – February 27, 2023


Please join our Feb. 28 community call (11 am ET) for our Week 4 update on Phenotype Phebruary, which has been led by Gowtham Rao and Azza Shoaibi. While there were ongoing discussions about all phenotypes over the last week, Khyzer Aziz began the conversation around neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy. There is also an ongoing discussion on the role of probabilistic modeling in phenotype development and evaluation, which will be included in the update. To join or follow any of these discussions, please visit our Phenotype Phebruary homepage.

We will also have our fourth week of 2023 objectives & key results (OKRs) announcements from our OHDSI workgroups. On Tuesday, we will hear about the following teams: Clinical Trials (Mike Hamidi), Vaccine Vocabulary (Asiyah Lin), Medical Devices (Asiyah Lin), Education (Nigel Hughes), FHIR & OMOP (Davera Gabriel), Medical Imaging (Paul Nagy), Perinatal and Reproductive Health Group (Alison Callahan), and Prediction (Jenna Reps).

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.


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Congratulations to the team of Anna Ostropolets, Yasser Albogami, Mitchell Conover, Juan Banda, William Baumgartner, Clair Blacketer, Priyamvada Desai, Scott DuVall, Stephen Fortin, James Gilbert, Asieh Golozar, Joshua Ide, Andrew Kanter, David Kern, Chungsoo Kim, Lana Lai, Chenyu Li, Feifan Liu, Kristine Lynch, Evan Minty, Maria Inês Neves, Ding Quan Ng, Tontel Obene, Victor Pera, Nicole Pratt, Gowtham Rao, Nadav Rappoport, Ines Reinecke, Paola Saroufim, Azza Shoaibi, Katherine Simon, Marc Suchard, Joel Swerdel, Erica Voss, James Weaver, Linying Zhang, George Hripcsak, and Patrick Ryan on the publication of Reproducible variability: assessing investigator discordance across 9 research teams attempting to reproduce the same observational study in JAMIA.


Faaizah Arshad is a psychology major at UCLA who has already taken a strong role within the OHDSI community. The 2021 Titan Award recipient for Community Support, she became the first undergraduate to take part in a symposium plenary when she presented on ‘The EUMAEUS project: Applying methods sequentially’ during the 2021 Global Symposium. In the latest collaborator spotlight, she discusses how OHDSI has impacted her undergraduate education, how she was able to make such an impact so early in her journey in observational research, and why she believes other junior researchers can make an impact in OHDSI.

• Andrew Williams has announced an exciting new initiative at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts University. He is leading the new Center for Advanced Healthcare Research Informatics, which will work to produce new modes and methods of using healthcare-generated data and other related data to support research, and to use these methods at Tufts Medicine and in research communities to generate evidence and improve care.

• While the month of Phenotype Phebruary concludes this week, the work surrounding these phenotypes continues. Please visit the homepage on OHDSI.org that contains direct links to all forum threads, as well as videos from both phenotype discussions and updates from community calls.

• Dani Prieto-Alhambra recently shared that the Health Data Sciences section of the Oxford University Botnar Research has created five Trueta bursaries for the residential one-week summer school in Real World Evidence, held June 19-23, 2023. These bursaries will cover free attendance to the Oxford Summer School 2023: Real World Evidence using the OMOP Common Data Model and accommodation (including breakfast and dinner) in Lady Margaret Hall facilities for the duration of the course. To learn if you are eligible for one of the bursaries and to apply, please visit this homepage.
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. Stayed tuned for information as we plan for another great community experience!

• 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. More information and registration links will be posted when available.

• 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). Submissions are now open for the APAC Symposium, and they will close March 31. More information can be found on the homepage.

• The 2023 AMIA Symposium will be held Nov. 11-15 in New Orleans, La., and the annual call for participation is underway. Proposals are being accepted for papers, podium abstracts, panels, posters, debates, demos and workshops. The deadline is March 8, 2023.

• DevCon is returning in 2023. After our successful first event last year, DevCon 2023 will be held April 21 within the Teams environment. Calendar invites will be sent out at a later date.

HADES Development Announcements

• Martijn Schuemie announced the release of SqlRender 1.12.1. This contains two bugfixes for Snowflake.

OHDSI Social Showcase

 The #OHDSISocialShowcase continues this week, as all the research from the OHDSI Symposium collaborator showcase will be presented on the Twitter and LinkedIn social feeds over the next several months. You can see the research and the respective leads that will be shared this week.

Monday: HERMES: A Health Resources Econometric Analysis Tool (Kyungseon Choi)

Tuesday: Assessing Racial Fairness of Dialysis Allocation in End-Stage Renal Disease (Linying Zhang)

Wednesday: Preliminary Analysis of Self-Reported COVID-19 Vaccination Side Effects on Twitter (Nishanth Pavinkurve)

Thursday: Data Quality Monitoring, Transparency and Governance: Enterprise process for data quality stewardship and governance for real-world data (Parsa Mirhaji)

Friday: Real world prescribing patterns of dupilumab for atopic dermatitis


• Christoph Lambert shared this new opening: The University of New Mexico, Health Sciences Center, Department of Internal Medicine, seeks a faculty member to join the Division of Translational Informatics. This position is at the Open rank and Tenure track. While the focus of the position is research-oriented, optionally, the position affords the opportunity for the candidate to have a joint clinical appointment for part-time clinical service with the University of New Mexico, and/or the Raymond G. Murphy VA Medical Center. Applications are requested by March 13, 2023.

• 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.

• Georgina Kennedy shared a recent opportunity for a PhD student at the University of New South Wales, Sydney, to join in a project to understand the current use and future potential of real-world data to measure, explain and respond to variation in clinical cancer care. This funded position comes with a living costs stipend, and a technical background is required. You can learn more about the position/project here, and you can reach out to georgina.kennedy@unsw.edu.au for more information.

• Dani Prieto-Alhambra recently shared an opening for a Database Programmer to join the Health Data Sciences research group at the University of Oxford. According to the posting, you will develop new database applications for big clinical data to meet project requirements and deadlines, provide software feedback and carry out software improvement, extension, integration and further development on existing code. You will contribute to the harmonisation, curation, and processing of large clinical datasets and develop code to validate, test, document and maintain database applications. The full ad and application link are available here, and the closing date is Feb. 27, 2023.

• 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.


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