Weekly OHDSI Digest- March 11, 2024


Please join our March 12 (11 am ET) community call for a session on March Madness & April Olympians.

March Madness: Join the community fun as we use the newly released OHDSI Standardized Vocabularies to create and play an OHDSI-style bracket and see who will cut down the nets at the end! April Olympians: April will focus on CDM and Themis conventions and will feature different forms of activities and trainings during our monthly community calls. Melanie Philofsky and Clair Blacketer will provide an introduction to the April Olympians effort.

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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• 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 and community collaboration on Oct. 22, plenaries and the collaborator showcase on Oct. 23, and workgroup activities on Oct. 24 along with the showcase. 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.

• Evanette Burrows shared an update about a new release to the ETL-Synthea package v2.0.0 that went live on Feb. 26. The package has been expanded to support current versions of Synthea (v3.1 and v3.2) and has a handful of other improvements and contributions from the community. Full release details are available here.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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 — Bladder cancer – a quality benchmark utilizing FHIR and OMOP (Andries Clinckaert)

Tuesday — Using MONAI Pre-Trained Models for Colorectal Tissue Type Phenotyping: A Feasibility Study to Integrate Deep Learning Model Results using the Medical Extension OMOP CDM (Shijia Zhang)

Wednesday — A tool for empirically identifying and reviewing candidate comparators for Pharmacoepidemiological studies (Justin Bohn)

Thursday — The necessity of validity diagnostics when drawing causal inferences from observational data (James Weaver)

Friday — Identification of HIV positive individuals across multiple datasets (Craig Mayer)

Job Openings

• 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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