Weekly OHDSI Digest – February 5, 2004


Please join our next community call on Tuesday, Feb. 6 (11 am ET) for our first 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 first week of work in Phenotype Phebruary, with an emphasis on the first focused phenotype, Alzheimer’s.

Among the workgroups that we will hear from on Tuesday are Methods Research, HADES, Perinatal and Reproductive Health, Registry, and the Steering Group.

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

• Collaborators from both the Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics and the Johnson & Johnson Observational Health Data Analytics held a three-day studyathon this past weekend with a focus on women’s health initiatives, specifically endometriosis and polycystic ovary syndrome.

• Kerry Goetz is the Associate Director for the National Eye Institute’s Office of Data Science and Health Informatics at the US National Institutes of Health. In this capacity she is responsible for advancing data management and sharing strategies to make NEI data FAIR (Fully AI-Ready & Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). Kerry co-leads the Eye Care and Vision Research Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics Working Group. She discusses her career journey, evidence gaps around vision research, how OHDSI impacts her PhD journey, and more in the latest collaborator spotlight.

• The latest edition of The Journey newsletter is now available. It includes details on Phenotype Phebruary, reflections on where OHDSI can go together in 2024, the latest OHDSI videocast, and more community updates. It also includes links to 17 published studies that came out of the OHDSI community in January. If you don’t receive the monthly newsletter in your email, you can subscribe here.

• February community calls will focus on both Phenotype Phebruary updates and 2024 OKR announcements by our various workgroups. All workgroup leads/representatives should sign up for one of the upcoming community calls using this link.

• 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 — FinOMOP – a population-based data network (Javier Gracia-Tabuenca)

Tuesday — Operational Definition of Adrenal diseases: Enhancing Precision and Reproducibility in Observational Data (Suhyun Kim)

Wednesday — Impact of concomitant use of proton pump inhibitors and clopidogrel on cardiovascular adverse outcomes – A multicenter study using common data model (Seonji Kim)

Thursday — Leveraging the OMOP Common Data Model to Support Distributed Health Equity Research (Sarah Gasman)

Friday — Validating a clinical informatics consulting service using negative control reference sets (Michael Jackson)

HADES Development Updates

• Martijn Schuemie announced the release of CohortMethod 5.2.1. The most important changes are updating the Capr function calls in the vignettes (the old code was no longer working), and CohortMethod now asks if you want to delete old files when you call runCmAnalyses() using an existing folder but different analysis settings than before.

• Ger Inberg announced the release of FeatureExtraction 3.4.0. It contains mainly bugfixes and furthermore the ‘cohortId’ argument in exported functions has been deprecated, one should use ‘cohortIds’ instead.

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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