Weekly OHDSI Digest- March 22, 2021


Weekly Community Call: Please join us for the next OHDSI Community Call (Tuesday, March 23, 11 am ET) for a presentation on OHDSI’s work with the FDA BEST program to support its mission to conduct safety and effectiveness surveillance of biologic products (vaccines, blood and blood products, tissues and advanced therapeutics). Presentations will include:

FDA BEST Overview; Research Methods Development – Incidence Rates for Vaccine Safety
George Hripcsak, Chair and Vivian Beaumont Allen Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University

Research Methods Development – Small Sample Meta-Analysis, EUMAEUS
Marc Suchard, Professor in the Departments of Biomathematics and of Human Genetics in the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

FDA Workshops and Seminar Series
David Madigan, Provost and Senior Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Northeastern University

Training and Engagement
Rita Kukafka, Professor of Biomedical Informatics and Sociomedical Sciences, Columbia University

Many of you will have the calendar link in your OHDSI Teams environment. If not, you will need the specific meeting link to access the community call; it will also be posted in the main OHDSI Teams environment. As always, if you can’t make it, the recordings will be posted to both our Community Calls page and the General OHDSI Teams recordings folder.

APAC Community call: The next APAC Community Call will be this week (Thursday/Wednesday depending on time zone). The focus will be ODHSI APAC Network Research , and there are two exciting presentations scheduled to be shared. Assistant Professor will present on “ Comprehensive comparative effectiveness and safety of second-line antihypertensive agents: Utilizing the LEGEND principles to mobilize collaboration across the OHDSI APAC network”, while Dr. Feng Lei will present “ Treatment Patterns and Risk of Switch to Mania in Bipolar Depressive Patients Treated with Antidepressants: A real world study using the OHDSI Network.”

These calls are hosted in the OHDSI APAC environment in Teams. You can join the call using this link. If you don’t have access to the OHDSI APAC environment, please fill out this form. If you can’t make the call, all recordings will be added to the OHDSI APAC page.


OMOP CDM Oncology WG – Genomic Subgroup Meeting: Tuesday, March 23 at 9 am ET (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for every Tuesday at 9 am ET.

Data Quality Dashboard Development WG: Wednesday, March 24 at 12 pm ET (Meeting Link) (THIS MEETING WAS RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH 17 AND IS AT NOON THIS WEEK) Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 1 pm ET.

Medical Devices WG: Thursday, Mar. 25 at 10 am ET (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each odd month at 11 am ET.

Latin America WG: Thursday, March 25 at 11 am ET (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the fourth Thursday of each month at 11 am ET.

OMOP CDM Oncology WG – CDM/Vocabulary Subgroup Meeting: Thursday, March 25 at 1 pm ET: (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for every Thursday at 1 pm ET.

Pharmacovigilance Evidence Investigation (PEI) WG: Monday, March 29 at 11:30 am ET (Meeting Link)
Meetings are traditionally scheduled for the last Monday of each month at 11:30am ET.


Congratulations to Eng Hooi Tan, Anthony Sena, Albert Prats-Uribe, Seng Chan You, Waheed-Ul-Rahman Ahmed, Kristin Kostka, Christian Reich, Scott Duvall, Kristine Lynch, Michael Matheny, Talita Duarte-Salles, Sergio Fernandez Bertolin, George Hripcsak, Karthik Natarajan, Thomas Falconer, Matthew Spotnitz, Anna Ostropolets, Clair Blacketer, Thamir Alshammari, Heba Alghoul, Osaid Alser, Jennifer Lane, Dalia Dawoud, Karishma Shah, Yue Yang, Lin Zhang, Carlos Areia, Asieh Golozar, Martina Recalde, Paula Casajust, Jitendra Jonnagaddala, Vignesh Subbian, David Vizcaya, Lana Lai, Fredrik Nyberg, Daniel Morales, Jose Posada, Nigam Shah, Mengchun Gong, Arani Vivekanantham, Aaron Abend, Evan Minty, Marc Suchard, Peter Rijnbeek, Patrick Ryan, Daniel Prieto-Alhambra on publication of this study in Rheumatology: COVID-19 in patients with autoimmune diseases: characteristics and outcomes in a multinational network of cohorts across three countries.

Congratulations to Torunn Elise Sivesind, Taylor Runion, Megan Branda, Lisa Schilling, and Robert Dellavalle on this study published in Dermatology : Dermatologic Research Potential of the Observational Health Data Sciences and Informatics (OHDSI) Network.


2021 OHDSI Symposium:
Please remember to hold the dates September 12-15, 2021 for this year’s symposium. Please note Registration for the Symposium will be open the first week of April! Please look for forum posts, website accessibility and symposium emails with further information.

The first session of the CBER BEST Initiative Seminar Series , hosted by Northeastern University, will be held Wednesday, March 24, at 11 am ET. Dr. Daniel Salmon, a member of the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, will present “ Vaccine Safety Surveillance Systems for Routine and Pandemic Immunization Programs. ” You can register for this free presentation at this address: https://northeastern.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Sa3_Um_ISrm-lamtSUWfLA.

In preparation for the potential release of CDM Version 5.4 later this year, the Common Data Model workgroup has scheduled a special two-hour planning session to be held Tuesday, March 30, at 1 pm in the CDM Teams environment. Clair Blacketer has shared a proposed list of changes that is posted in the General CDM thread. Please join for some or all of the meeting if you are interested in helping shape the next update of the OMOP CDM.

The deadline for the OHDSI March Visualization Challenge is this Thursday, March 25, at 8 pm ET, and we already have some terrific entries. Please check out the channel within the general OHDSI page for full instructions. During next week’s community call, we are excited to highlight these visualizations that use OHDSI tools/data/results to tell the most compelling stories touching on the COVID pandemic. We want to hear from as many members of our community as possible!

Work groups listed on the OHDSI website: To get a snapshot of the work group meetings for the month, please visit Upcoming Working Group Calls – OHDSI

Accessing MSTeams: If you attended the 2020 OHDSI Symposium, you are already in the OHDSI teams environment. If you would like to be added to the OHDSI teams environment, please fill out this form: Join OHDSI Teams

If you are already in the OHDSI teams environment and you would like to join work groups in teams, please fill out this form: Join Workgroups, Chapters, and Studies

Teams Best Practices and Guidance: For some guidance on MS Teams, please log into OHDSI Teams and check out this channel located in the OHDSI Team Teams Best Practices and Guidance
**you can also find the document on our website ohdsi.org under “Collaborate with OHDSI in MS Teams.”

Please continue to collaborate in our MS Teams environment, check out the OHDSI website and forums, and follow us on all platforms, including Twitter and LinkedIn to get continued updates and information on everything happening in our community.