This Week In OHDSI

The OHDSI community prides itself on global collaboration through open science. As a virtual community with collaborators on six different continents, we have weekly meetings to present research, share information, and keep each other updated on both current and upcoming projects. We hold these meetings on Tuesdays at 11 am ET in our Microsoft Teams environment. If you don’t have access to this, please fill out this form.

You can learn about our weekly calls, including the upcoming schedule of topics, and see materials (videos/slides/shoutouts) from previous calls by visiting our Community Calls page.

OHDSI has a variety of ongoing projects led by workgroups. Each workgroup has its own leadership team which determines the project’s objectives, goals and artifacts to be contributed to the community. Workgroup participation is open to all who have an interest in contributing to the project objectives and goals. Workgroups may be long-standing, strategic objectives or short-term projects to accomplish a specific need in the community. Each of the workgroups has its own home in the Teams environment, and you can get access to these groups by filling out this form (please note that you must have Teams access first, which is available through the first form linked above).

Please use our Upcoming Workgroup Calls page to see the upcoming schedule of calls (and appropriate links), as well as the standard schedule of calls for each group (weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, etc.).

The weekly update is below. If you missed any previous updates, or are looking for links to past updates or presentations, they are stored on our weekly Community Calls page.

We hope you will bring your talents, interests, curiosity and enthusiasm to OHDSI by joining both our weekly community calls and the workgroups that most interest you. That is how you #JoinTheJourney

WEEKLY UPDATE • June 15, 2021

The June 15 Community Call focused on professional development breakout discussions. The four areas of focus (and conversation moderators) were:

Clinical Epidemiology (Moderators: Talita Duarte-Salles and Dani Prieto-Alhambra)
Information/Data Management (Moderators: Maxim Moinat and Mui Van Zandt)
Open-Source Software Development (Moderators: Greg Klebanov and Kees van Bochove)
Statistical Methods (Moderators: Yong Chen and Marc Suchard)


• Congratulations to Xintong Li, Anna Ostropolets, Rupa Makadia, Azza Shoaibi, Gowtham Rao, Anthony Sena, Eugenia Martinez-Hernandez, Antonella Delmestri, Katia Verhamme, Peter Rijnbeek, Talita Duarte-Salles, Marc Suchard, Patrick Ryan, George Hripcsak, Daniel Prieto-Alhambra, for this recent study “Characterising the background incidence rates of adverse events of special interest for covid-19 vaccines in eight countries: multinational network cohort study” that was posted today in The BMJ. You can learn more about this study in this OHDSI press release.

• The next APAC Community Call will be June 17 and will focus on OHDSI Projects. Professor Lei Liu of Fudan University will provide a presentation on “Applying the OMOP CDM to Hepatobiliary Clinical Research Database at Zhongshan Hospital. Also, Mui Van Zandt will lead a discussion about collecting attitudinal information from the community to support planning and activities. This call will be held in MS Teams; if you don’t have access to this team, please fill out this form.

• The format of the June 22 OHDSI community call has been changed. We will now have a community brainstorm on how OHDSI should focus on Health Inequities. This conversation will be open to everybody on the call, and it will help inform the new Health Equity Workgroup, which will meet for the first time later in the month.

• Priya Desai alerted the community about a clinical data scientist opening that will be posted shortly with the Research IT group of the Technology and Digital Solutions team at Stanford Health Care. Look for a forum posting soon, but if you have immediate questions or interest, you can reach out to Priya at

The next edition of the CBER BEST Initiative Seminar Series will be this Wednesday, June 16, at 11 am. Bruce Fireman (Kaiser Permanente) will present a talk on “Methods for Monitoring the Safety and Effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines.” The seminar series is open to everybody. More information and a registration link is available here.

• The deadline for abstract submissions for the 2021 OHDSI Global Symposium is THIS WEEK (June 18, 2021 at 8 pm ET). We are accepting submissions for posters, oral presentations and software demonstrations. For more information, including the submission template, please check out the Showcase homepage. There was also a brief presentation during last week’s community call about submitting your brief reports, which you can see here.


Community Updates

Breakout Recordings

Clinical Epidemiology

Information/Data Management

Open-Source Software Development

Statistical Methods