Weekly OHDSI Digest- March 13, 2023


Please join our March 14 community call (11 am ET) for one of our most popular sessions, the OHDSI Debates! We will host two debates during this call.

Debate 1: An authority has provided me an ICD-10 codelist to use to identify patients with a disease. I should use that source codelist ‘as is’ for verbatim replication, and not consider it as a starting point for phenotype development/evaluation process to model the authority’s intent using standard concepts.

Debaters: Harold Lehmann (Professor of Health Sciences Informatics, Johns Hopkins University) and Anna Ostropolets (Clinical Data Scientist, Odysseus Data Services, Inc.)

Debate 2: Source chart review adjudication is a necessary component of phenotype evaluation to ensure reliable evidence.

Debaters: Daniel Beachler (Director of Safety & Epidemiology, Carelon Research) and James Weaver (Associate Director, Observational Health Data Analytics, Janssen Research & Development)

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 Santiago Frid, Xavier Pastor Duran, Guillem Bracons Cucó, Miguel Pedrera-Jiménez, Pablo Serrano-Balazote, Adolfo Muñoz Carrero, and Raimundo Lozano-Rubí on the publication of An Ontology-Based Approach for Consolidating Patient Data Standardized With European Norm/International Organization for Standardization 13606 (EN/ISO 13606) Into Joint Observational Medical Outcomes Partnership (OMOP) Repositories: Description of a Methodology in JMIR Medical Informatics.


The agenda and meeting link for DevCon 2023 is now available at the event homepage. The event will last from 9 am – 3 pm on April 21 and will feature 11 short talks around five topics (see agenda on the homepage) in the morning, followed by a trio of afternoon workshops that focus on significant topics for sustained success within our open-source community. Thank you to Adam Black and Paul Nagy for organizing this event.

Updates to the OHDSI Community Dashboard are coming. Paul Nagy will discuss this following the community updates section during Tuesday’s community call.

The next edition of the CBER BEST Seminar Series will be held Wednesday, March 22, at 11 am ET, and will feature a presentation from Martijn Schuemie on ‘Negative controls and p-value calibration in RWE generation.’ More information and a registration link is available here.

Dani Prieto-Alhambra 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 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: Development of a Framework for Cancer Profiling and Visualization (Soobeen Seol)

Tuesday: Evaluating causal inference methods for survival data in large-scale observational studies (Shiyao Xu)

Wednesday: NACHC’s open-source implementation of FHIR to OMOP tool suite (John Gresh)

Thursday: Assessing Measurement Data Quality in the All of Us Research Program (Jason Patterson)

Friday: Effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on mental health: A multinational network study (Yi Chai)


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.

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 has been extended to March 21, 2023.

Andrey Soares and Asiyah Lin are co-chairs of workshops and tutorials for the 2023 International Conference on Biomedical Ontology, a hybrid event which will be hosted Aug. 28-Sept. 1 by the University of Brasilia. If you would like to submit a workshop or tutorial, the deadline is April 3.


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.

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.

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.

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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