Weekly OHDSI Digest-March 6, 2023


Please join our March 7 community call (11 am ET) to hear about the research submissions shared for the Save Our Sisyphus Network Study Challenge. We will hear about four study ideas that could serve as the foundation for our eight-week network study challenge this spring. We are looking forward to hearing the following four presentations:

• Is fluoroquinolone use really associated with the development if aortic aneurysms (Jack Janetzki, University of South Australia)

• Amongst people with psoriasis, does exposure to Risankizumab increase the risk of venous thromboembolism while on treatment relative to other biologic therapies? (Zenas Yiu, University of Manchester)

• Characterization: incidence of progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy (PML) during Multiple Sclerosis (MS) biologic exposure (Thamir Alshammary, Almaarefa University)

• Intravitreal Anti-VEGF and Kidney Failure (Cindy Cai, Johns Hopkins 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 2022 Titan Award for Methodological Research honoree Fan Bu, who accepted a position as Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the University of Michigan, starting Jan. 1, 2024.

• Congratulations to Peter Rijnbeek, who held his inaugural lecture, entitled ‘Scalable Evidence’, as Professor and Chair of the Department of Medical Informatics at Erasmus University on Friday, March 3.


The latest edition of the OHDS newsletter is now available. It includes a recap on Phenotype Phbruary, the latest collaborator spotlight with Faaizah Arshad, publications & presentations from February, community updates and more. If you don’t receive the newsletter each month, you can subscribe here.

• 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 OHDSI workgroups shared their goals for 2023 during the February community calls. All of the presentations are now available on the workgroups homepage.

• 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.

• Andrew Williams has announced an exciting new initiative at the Institute for Clinical Research and Health Policy Studies at Tufts University. He is leading the new Center for Advanced Healthcare Research Informatics, which will work to produce new modes and methods of using healthcare-generated data and other related data to support research, and to use these methods at Tufts Medicine and in research communities to generate evidence and improve care.

HADES Development Announcements

• Katy Sadowski announced the release of DataQualityDashboard 2.1.1. This is the first release of the package which meets all HADES requirements, and hereafter DQD will be a part of HADES. You can read more about the update here.

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 Phenotype Algorithms and Characterizations of Primary Open-Angle Glaucoma Using Real-World Data (Nathan Hall)

Tuesday: Disambiguation of ICPC codes using free-text and active learning to improve concept mappings (Tom Seinen)

Wednesday: Knowledge Graph to aid Cohort Diagnostics in concept sets developing (Thi Ngoc Mai Nguyen)

Thursday: Criteria2Query 2.0: Combining Human and Machine Intelligence for Cohort Identification (Yilu Fang)

Friday: Prediction of insulin resistance in depression is associated with long-term clinical outcomes (Dong Yun Lee)


• 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 is March 8, 2023.

• DevCon is returning in 2023. After our successful first event last year, DevCon 2023 will be held April 21 within the Teams environment. Calendar invites will be sent out at a later date.


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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