OHDSI Community Calls

Everybody is invited to the weekly OHDSI community call, which takes place each Tuesday at 11 am ET. These calls are meant to inform and engage our community through a variety of call formats, including community presentations, workgroup updates, breakout sessions, publication announcements, newcomer-focused sessions, and more. The upcoming schedule is available to the right.  

Use this link to get to the weekly meeting.

Videos, slides and weekly updates from this year’s calls are available below. Presentations from the 2022 and 2021 community calls are also available. 

The Jan. 24 community call hosted an important conversation about ways the OHDSI community can collaborate to achieve three strategic priorities presented at the start of the year.

During the initial community call of 2023, Patrick Ryan shared a trio of foundational pillars that need to be strengthened to enable reliable evidence generation. In this call, Patrick joined Anna Ostropolets and Clair Blacketer to propose specific strategies to address these three priorities:

  • Standardized vocabularies
  • Standardized data network
  • Collaborating on network studies: “The Sisyphus Challenge”

The video presentation and slide decks for each talk are available below.

Community Updates

• Save The Date! The 2023 OHDSI Global Symposium is scheduled for Oct. 20-22. The location and more details will be shared when available. 

• There have been several recent releases from the HADES development team since the start of 2023, including SelfControlledCaseSeries 4.1.0, EvidenceSynthesis 0.4.0, SqlRender 1.11.1, and Characterization 0.0.5. Thank you to package maintainers Martijn Schuemie and Jenna Reps for their leadership with these open-source tools.

• JSM (Joint Statistical Meeting) 2023 will be held Aug. 5-10 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre in Toronto, Canada. The call for abstracts is happening now, and the deadline is Feb. 1, 2023.

• ICPE 2023 will be held in person Aug. 23-27 at the Halifax Convention Center in Nova Scotia, Canada. The call for abstracts is happening right now, and the deadline is Feb. 13, 2023.

• The CBER BEST Seminar Series returns Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 11 am ET, as 2022 Titan Award recipient Fan Bu will provide a presentation on Bayesian Safety Surveillance with Adaptive Bias Correction. More information and a registration link is available here.

• Jenna Reps, co-lead of the PLP workgroup, recently shared several video tutorials of version 6 of the PatientLevelPrediction tool. The demos are available on both our website and our YouTube page.

• Thanks to Andrew Williams, Marty Alvarez, and the team at Tufts that is coordinating upcoming grant deadlines for more potential community collaborations. PAR-23-034, NLM Research Grants in Biomedical Informatics and Data Science (R01 Clinical Trial Optional) has a submission deadline of Feb. 5.

• The 2023 Oxford Real World Evidence Summer School will take place June 19-23 at the University of Oxford. Dani Prieto-Alhambra will serve as a course director for a session that will provide participants with the tools and concepts necessary to plan and execute Real World Evidence studies, with a focus on the use of the OMOP common data model. More information and a registration link are available here.

• All workgroups should plan to share their 2023 OKRs during a February community call. If you are a workgroup lead, please sign up for a 3:00 minute slot on one of the four calls using this form.

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 Machine Learning models for Cancer Survival among Lung cancer patients with Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors (TKIs) treatment (Alex PA. Nguyen)
Tuesday: Analyzing the Effect of Hypertension on Retinal Thickness Using Radiology Common Data Model (R-CDM) (Chul Hyoung Park)
Wednesday: Comparing the impact of clean windows across cohorts and databases (Rupa Makadia)
Thursday: Assessing and Benchmarking Data Quality and Diversity in the All of Us (Lina Sulieman)
Friday: Moving OMOP to the cloud with DBT and Snowflake (Roger Carlson)

Slides

Standardized Vocabularies | Standardized Data Networks | Save Our Sisyphus Challenge | Community Updates

Presentations

Standardized Vocabularies (Anna Ostropolets)

Standardized Data Networks (Clair Blacketer)

Save Our Sisyphus Challenge (Patrick Ryan) 

The Jan. 17 community call provided an opportunity to either re-connect or meet and mingle with many new community members via our own version of ‘speed dating.’ This call had multiple sessions with different breakout rooms, so there is not a recording of those sessions. 

Community Updates

• Congratulations to the team of Yue Yu, Guoqian Jiang, Eric Brandt, Tom Forsyth, Sanket Dhruva, Shumin Zhang, Jiajing Chen, Peter Noseworthy, Amit Doshi, Kimberly Collison-Farr, Dure Kim, Joseph Ross, Paul Coplan, and Joseph Drozda on the publication of Integrating real-world data to assess cardiac ablation device outcomes in a multicenter study using the OMOP common data model for regulatory decisions: implementation and evaluation in JAMIA Open.

• Congratulations to the team of Martijn Schuemie, Fan Bu, Akihiko Nishimura, and Marc Suchard on the publication of Adjusting for both sequential testing and systematic error in safety surveillance using observational data: Empirical calibration and MaxSPRT in Statistics in Medicine.

• Jenna Reps, co-lead of the PLP workgroup, recently shared several video tutorials of version 6 of the PatientLevelPrediction tool. The demos are available on both our website and our YouTube page.

• ICPE 2023 will be held in person Aug. 23-27 at the Halifax Convention Center in Nova Scotia, Canada. The call for abstracts is happening right now, and the deadline is Feb. 13, 2023.

• The 2023 Oxford Real World Evidence Summer School will take place June 19-23 at the University of Oxford. Dani Prieto-Alhambra will serve as a course director for a session that will provide participants with the tools and concepts necessary to plan and execute Real World Evidence studies, with a focus on the use of the OMOP common data model. More information and a registration link are available here.

• All workgroups should plan to share their 2023 OKRs during a February community call. If you are a workgroup lead, please sign up for a 3:00 minute slot on one of the four calls using this form.

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.

Tuesday: Extending the OMOP Standard Vocabulary to Include Botanical Natural Products (Sanya Taneja)
Wednesday: PHOEBE 2.0: selecting the right concept sets for the right patients using lexical, semantic, and data-driven recommendations (Anna Ostropolets)
Thursday: Adaptation and Validation of the Charlson Comorbidity Index in Administrative Claims Data Using the SNOMED CT Standardized Vocabulary (Stephen Fortin)
Friday: FeederNet (Federated E-Health Big Data for Evidence Renovation Network) platform in Korea (Seongwon Lee)

Slides

Community Updates

During the initial OHDSI community call of 2023, Patrick Ryan highlighted several community initiatives, activities and opportunities that can provide a foundation to further our shared mission of improving health by empowering a community to collaboratively generate the evidence that promotes better health decisions and better care. There were three main pillars around OHDSI work in 2023 that was highlighted: 1) standardized vocabularies; 2) a standardized data network; 3) standardized open-source tools. There was also discussion around a community-run network study in the spring, the return of Phenotype Phebruary and DevCon, and plenty more.

Community Updates

• Congratulations to the team of Justin Reese, Hannah Blau, Elena Casiraghi, Timothy Bergquist, Johanna Loomba, Tiffany Callahan, Bryan Laraway, Corneliu Antonescu, Ben Coleman, Michael Gargano, Kenneth Wilkins, Luca Cappelletti, Tommaso Fontana, Nariman Ammar, Blessy Antony, T M Murali, J Harry Caufield, Guy Karlebach, Julie McMurry, Andrew Williams, Richard Moffitt, Jineta Banerjee, Anthony Solomonides, Hannah Davis, Kristin Kostka, Giorgio Valentini, David Sahner, Christopher Chute, Charisse Madlock-Brown, Melissa Haendel, Peter Robinson; the N3C Consortium, and the RECOVER Consortium on the publication of Generalisable long COVID subtypes: Findings from the NIH N3C and RECOVER programmes in eBioMedicine.

• Congratulations to the team of Xiang Cheng, Meiling Cheng, Liyi Yu and Xuan Xiao on the publication of iADRGSE: A Graph-Embedding and Self-Attention Encoding for Identifying Adverse Drug Reaction in the Earlier Phase of Drug Development in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

• The latest edition of The Journey, the official OHDSI newsletter, is now available. This edition includes a final look back over 2022, recent community updates, the latest video podcast, publications & presentations, and plenty more. If you don’t receive the newsletter at the start of each month, you can subscribe here.

• The 2023 Oxford Real World Evidence Summer School will take place June 19-23 at the University of Oxford. Dani Prieto-Alhambra will serve as a course director for a session that will provide participants with the tools and concepts necessary to plan and execute Real World Evidence studies, with a focus on the use of the OMOP common data model. More information and a registration link are available here.

• Thamir AlShammary, an advisor to the President of the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA), has been an active contributor to the OHDSI community for several years. He collaborates in several workgroups, including Population-Level Estimation, Health Equity and the recently-completed Vaccine Evidence WG, and has been a contributor in several important network studies. He discusses his background, his journey into OHDSI and the impact he has seen, and why OHDSI can be a difference maker in generating trustworthy evidence, tools and best practices within the community, in the latest edition of the Collaborator Spotlight.

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: Describing treatment with antidiabetics in patients with T2D and moderate to severe CKD across a network of OMOP databases (Martin Lavallee)
Tuesday: Examining differential measurement error in phenotype algorithms due to age, sex, and disease prevalence differences using PheValuator (Joel Swerdel)
Wednesday: Lowering the OMOP ETL Barrier for Clinical Registries (Smith Heavner)
Thursday: Einstein-ATLAS: Leveraging OHDSI/ATLAS and Open-Source Development to Support Translational Research, Data Science, and Regulatory Compliance (Parsa Mirhaji)
Friday: Federated learning for quantifying racial disparities in kidney graft failure rates using US registry data from 29,468 patients across 149 transplant centers (Jiayi Tong)

Slides

Where Can OHDSI Go In 2023? | Community Updates

Video Presentation

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