Weekly OHDSI Digest- June 5, 2023


Please join our June 6 community call (11 am ET) for a session on OHDSI Standardized Vocabularies: Landscape, Roadmap & Community Contributions . Following the release of the OHDSI Standardized Vocabularies Assessment, leaders from the vocabulary team will present findings and next steps, including ways to create a more transparent and reliable release cycle. This session will be led by:

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

• Alexander Davydov (Technical Team Lead, Odysseus Data Services, Inc.)

• Christian Reich (Senior Researcher, Erasmus University Medical Center; Professor of Practice, Northeastern University)

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 Daniel Puttmann, Rowdy de Groot, Nicolette de Keizer, Ronald Cornet, Paul W.G. Elbers, Dave Dongelmans, Ferishta Bakhshi-Raiez, on behalf of The Dutch ICU Data Sharing Against COVID-19 Collaborators on the publication of Assessing the FAIRness of databases on the EHDEN portal: A case study on two Dutch ICU databases in the International Journal of Medical Informatics.


The OHDSI 2023 Global Symposium collaborator showcase deadline is less than two weeks away. All brief reports must be submitted by 8 pm EST on Friday, June 16. More information on the collaborator showcase is available here, and you can use this link to submit your brief report.

• The latest Collaborator Spotlight features Singapore chapter lead Mengling ‘Mornin’ Feng, who recently helped develop a collaboration with the Singapore Ministry of Health that has led the Ministry to use the OMOP CDM as the main platform for research. In this spotlight, Mornin discusses his professional journey, how he connected with OHDSI, recent developments within the Singapore and APAC regions, and plenty more.

• The June edition of the OHDSI newsletter is now available. It contains details about the upcoming OHDSI symposiums, reflections on the SOS Challenge, community updates, 20 May publications from our community, and plenty more!

• The OHDSI India chapter will be hosting its first webinar on “Redefine Indian healthcare with Real-world data and Real-world evidence” on June 14, 2023, from 3-4 pm IST. This webinar will share the latest progress within the RWD/RWE space in India and share how collaboration with the OHDSI India chapter can transform the healthcare management landscape in India. Nicole Pratt and Vikram Patil will be among the featured speakers. If you are interested, please visit the OHDSI India homepage to register.

• EHealth Hub For Cancer is funding 5 PhD students to work on cutting-edge cancer health data science research. These fully funded PhD studentships include a tax-free stipend (with fees paid) along with expenses, and 12-month travel to partner sites and materials are available. The program is being coordinated by Aedin Culhane in the School of Medicine, University of Limerick, Ireland, and the team is looking for students with a background in statistics, epidemiologists, bioinformatics, computational biology, software engineering or a related quantitative discipline. Please see this form for more details and application information; the deadline is 15 June 2023.

• The PIONEER team is leading a studyathon June 13-16 in Stockholm, Sweden, with a focus on “Observational health data analysis on the adverse events of systemic treatment in patients with metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer” and is looking for participation from the OHDSI community, and specifically members of the Oncology WG. This will be a hybrid event so online participation is welcome. If you are interested in learning more, please fill out this form. PIONEER are especially looking for: collaborators with data on metastatic hormone-sensitive prostate cancer already in the OMOP-CDM; experts with coding skills in R, SQL and Python; data analysts familiar with R and R Shiny; and epidemiologists with experience in phenotyping.

• 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 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 the link found on the OHDSI website symposium homepage under hotel information; rooms are on a first-come, first-served basis at the special OHDSI rate.

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 this Sunday, 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.


Frank DeFalco posted an opening for an Janssen Research & Development for an Associate Director, Observational Health Data Analytics – Global Epidemiology. This position will work closely with colleagues within the Epidemiology department. Among other primary responsibilities, this position will be expected to contribute with minimal supervision to the successful delivery of observational analyses for clinical characterization, population-level effect estimation, and patient-level prediction to meet the needs of J&J’s scientific and business functions. More information is available here.

• Evan Phelps shared an opening at UC San Francisco for an experienced ETL Developer / Health Data Analyst on my Research Data Assets team at UCSF. While this position will not initially be focused solely on OMOP, we have a growing focus in that direction, and I’d love to see some applicants from the OHDSI community. This is a full-time, permanent position on a team that primarily works remotely, so relocation would not be required if you already live within the United States. More information is available on this post or on the application link.

• There is an opening with IQVIA for an OMOP Data Analyst. Job overview: Under broad guidance, performs data analytics activities related to complex business problems and issues to provide insight to decision makers. May provide analytic support for internal project teams and for external client consulting or services engagements. You can find the full posting and apply here.

• 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 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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