Weekly OHDSI Digest- February 6, 2023


Please join our Feb. 7 community call (11 am ET) for our first update on Phenotype Phebruary, which will be led by Gowtham Rao and Azza Shoaibi. The phenotype discussions that began during Week 1 included acute pancreatitis (Evan Minty), anaphylaxis (Andrea Noel), appendicitis (Azza Shoaibi), and neutropenia (Anna Ostropolets).

We will also have our first week of 2023 objectives & key results (OKRs) announcements from our OHDSI workgroups. On Tuesday, we will hear about the following teams: Common Data Model (Clair Blacketer), Data Quality (Clair Blacketer), Perioperative Medicine and Surgery (Jenny Lane), HADES (Martijn Schuemie), PLE Methods Research (Martijn Schuemie), Open-Source Community (Adam Black), and the Steering Group (Patrick Ryan).

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.


Upcoming Workgroup Calls – OHDSI


Congratulations to Sara Khalid, an OHDSI collaborator who was recently awarded the title of Associate Professor at the University of Oxford.


Rachael Davis is leading a network study to characterize and evaluate trends in pathways for antiretroviral therapy (ART) for individuals who have been diagnosed with Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and treated persistently over two years. She is seeking collaborators and data partners for this study. Please reach out raechel.davis@yale.edu if you are interested in collaborating or participating.

• The next edition of the Early-Stage Researchers Career Speaker Series will be held Monday, Feb. 13, and will feature a discussion with Paul Nagy. The session will be held between 11 am – 12 pm during the monthly Early-Stage Researchers workgroup meeting (join the WG here). Please use this link to join the meeting directly.

• Dani Prieto-Alhambra announced that applications are open for the 2023 Health Data Science Black Internship Programme at the University of Oxford. This will be an eight-week paid internship this summer for junior Black researchers to expand their knowledge around health data science and gain the experience needed to either begin or advance a career in the field. Learn more and apply here!

• Anna Ostropolets introduced a vocabulary landscape assessment survey to directly inform which vocabularies and activities the vocabulary team prioritizes in 2023. More information on this survey is posted below, and the deadline is Feb. 23.

• The Save Our Sisyphus Network Study event begins in late March, but we are currently looking for an interesting research question to kick off this event. If you have one and would like to serve as P.I. for this global collaboration, please fill out this form.

• 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.

• 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.

• 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: A scalable framework for transforming multiple data sources to the OHDSI Common Data Model (Janos Hajagos)

Tuesday: PDA-OTA: Privacy-preserving Distributed Algorithms Over the Air, an OHDSI journey (Yong Chen)

Wednesday: It Takes a Village: Community-Driven Phenotyping to Address a Public Health Crisis (Kristin Kostka)

Thursday: Reduce, Reuse, & Recycle: Going Green with Atlas Reusables (Ajit Londhe)

Friday: Comparison of Biopsy and Diagnosis Code Based Breast Cancer Phenotypes (Matthew Spotnitz)


• The Columbia University Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI) seeks 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 three new internships for the coming year, with each lasting at least 10 weeks and starting around the middle of May. There are openings for an epidemiology graduate interna graduate internan undergraduate intern; check out the respective links for more information and an application link.

• Dani Prieto-Alhambra recently shared an opening for a Database Programmer to join the Health Data Sciences research group at the University of Oxford. According to the posting, you will develop new database applications for big clinical data to meet project requirements and deadlines, provide software feedback and carry out software improvement, extension, integration and further development on existing code. You will contribute to the harmonisation, curation, and processing of large clinical datasets and develop code to validate, test, document and maintain database applications. The full ad and application link are available here, and the closing date is Feb. 27, 2023.


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