2021 OHDSI Collaborator Showcase

Thank you for your interest in the 2021 OHDSI Collaborators Showcase! We are delighted that you are considering joining our research community and presenting your work at this year’s virtual symposium showcase.

OHDSI’s mission is to improve health by empowering a community to collaboratively generate evidence that promotes better health decisions and better care. We envision a world in which observational research produces a comprehensive understanding of health and disease. To achieve this goal, OHDSI has formed a multi-stakeholder, interdisciplinary collaboration that aims to bring out the value of health data through large-scale analytics and open-source software tools. OHDSI has established a global community of observational health researchers and a research network covering over 600 million patients.

OHDSI’s achievements to date would not be possible if not for the hard work of our growing community members. Our annual Collaborator Showcase provides our community the opportunity to share their tremendous work. Last year, the OHDSI community produced more than 100 posters/talks/demos for our Collaborator Showcase.

Once again, we are inviting collaborators to participate in the Collaborator Showcase for this year’s 2021 Global OHDSI Symposium. Collaborators will have the opportunity to submit their work for poster presentations, oral talks, and software demonstrations.

Topics of interest include:
– Observational data standards and management
– Methodological research
– Open-source analytics development
– Clinical research from OHDSI’s analytic use cases:
• Clinical characterization
• Population-level estimation
• Patient-level prediction

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The showcase will be structured to highlight posters, oral talks, and software demonstrations.

We are currently working out all the details for the 2021 Global Symposium. Please continue to join our community calls (Tuesdays, 11 am ET), check the forums, MSTeams and the OHDSI website, as well as emails from OHDSI Events manager, to learn more details about an informative and productive showcase this year!

1) POSTER: a poster to present a static display summary of your latest research.

In 2019, we conducted a natural experiment to evaluate alternative methods for evidence dissemination. Inspired by Mike Morrison’s video on #betterposter (https://youtu.be/1RwJbhkCA58), we created 2 different poster templates and we asked that you consider using either one as you prepared your poster. As many people liked the Mike Morrison poster template, we are continuing to offer it as a template for this year’s symposium. Both templates can be found below should you want to use them:

The traditional poster template is available here

The Mike Morrison poster template is available here

2) ORAL PRESENTATION: an estimated 7-minute presentation to verbally share your story with the community.

3) SOFTWARE DEMONSTRATION: an interactive display of open-source analytics.

Similar to last year, accepted submissions will be required to send their poster/software demo by the deadline (TBA), and also encouraged to include a video presentation on this work. The video must be .mp4 format, under 2:20 in time and < 512 MB so it can be shared easily over all social platforms (as well as posted to the individual presentation webpage). Last year’s video submissions were viewed nearly 2,800 times on the OHDSI twitter feed alone. More information on this will be shared later.

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A submission template can be found here: Submission Template

The document can be downloaded as a Microsoft Word document by clicking on the link and selecting File->Download As…-> Microsoft Word (.docx).

Each presenting author should upload their document as a PDF. The submission should meet the following guidelines:

  • Maximum 1000 words of text (exclusive of references/citations)
  • Maximum 10 MB
  • Clearly state the names of all co-authors and list them in the order that will appear on the presentation (please do not include titles or degree/certificate credentials)
  • Have the following components: Title, Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions.
  • References/citations are recommended (maximum 15; suggested style is Vancouver).
  • Unpublished in the peer-review literature at the time of submission; preprints are acceptable
  • [Optional] up to 3 additional Figures, tables, and equations can be added to support description of the methods or results

By submitting your work, the presenting author agrees to present at the OHDSI Symposium if their work is selected. Your document should be saved as a PDF using the following naming convention, where the “firstname” and “lastname” correspond to the name of the presenting author, and “title” should include keywords that summarize the title:  firstname-lastname_title_2021symposium

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All submissions are due no later than 8pm (EST) on Friday, June 18, 2021.

All submissions will be peer-reviewed by the OHDSI Scientific Review Committee between June 18-July 26.

If you have been selected to present your work for the 2021 Symposium Collaborators Showcase, you will be notified via email by Monday, August 2, 2021.

Should you need additional assistance, please email us at symposium@ohdsi.org.


To submit your research for the 2021 Collaborators Showcase, please click the link below and fill out the form (in order to access the submission form, you need to have a Google Account. If you need to set up a Google Account, please click here: Create a Google Account)

Submission Link