As shown in the agenda below, the first day consists of a nice mixture of presentations about the OHDSI journey and presentations from representatives of ongoing or starting projects.

In the afternoon we will have a Collaborator Showcase to learn more about European OHDSI activity and available tools, a presentation from the South Korean Chapter, and a panel discussion. 

2018 OHDSI Europe Symposium March 23th – Agenda



8:00 – 9:00


9:00 – 9:10

Welcome to the European journey: OHDSI 2018

  • Speaker: Peter Rijnbeek, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Informatics Erasmus MC Rotterdam
  • Speaker: Hans van Leeuwen, Professor, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Erasmus MC Rotterdam

9:10 – 9:40

The Journey of OHDSI: Where have we been?

  • Speaker: George Hripcsak MD, MS, Professor, Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics at Columbia University Medical Center

9:40 – 10:10


The European OHDSI Initiative: Why are we here?

  • Speaker: Peter Rijnbeek, PhD,  Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Informatics Erasmus MC Rotterdam

10:10 – 10:40

The Journey of OHDSI: Where can we go together?

  • Speaker: Patrick Ryan, PhD, Sr. Director and Head, Epidemiology Analytics, Janssen Research & Development; Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University

10:40 – 11:00

Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:30

Adoption of the OMOP-CDM:


The European Health Data and Evidence Network (EHDEN)

  • Speaker: Nigel Hughes, Scientific Director, Janssen Clinical Innovation, Janssen Research & Development, Belgium

The German Data Network 

  • Speaker: Martin Sedlmayr, Sr. Researcher, Friedrich-Alexander-University Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Device Safety Data Network 

  • Speaker: Daniel Prieto, Associate Professor & NIHR Clinician Scientist, Oxford University, UK

Data vendor perspective of adopting the OMOP-CDM 

  • Speaker: Ben Hughes, Senior Vice President Real-World & Analytics Solutions, IQVIA

Industry perspective of using the OMOP-CDM 

  • Speaker: Erica Voss Associate Director, Epidemiology Analytics, Janssen Research & Development, U.S.

A Mental Health Data Platform 

  • Speaker: Simon Lovestone, Professor of Translational Neuroscience, Oxford University, UK

12:30 – 13:00


13:00 – 14:45 

OHDSI Collaborator Showcase:

Poster presentations and open-source software demonstrations from OHDSI collaborators

'Bridging Europe' Networking

14:45 – 15:15

A success story: the adoption of the OMOP-CDM in South Korea

Speaker: Rae Woong Park MD, PhD, Professor, Ajou University School of Medicine, South Korea

15:15 – 15:45


15:45 – 16:45

Expert Panel: Adoption of the OMOP-CDM in Europe opportunities and challenges.

Moderator: Patrick Ryan   

  • Johan van der Lei, Erasmus MC 
  • Kees van Bochove, The Hyve 
  • Christian Reich, IQVIA 
  • Jim Slattery, EMA
  • Montse Soriano Gabarró, Bayer AG
  • Michel van Speybroeck, Janssen Research & Development

16:45 – 17:00

Closing Remarks

Speaker: Peter Rijnbeek, PhD,  Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Informatics Erasmus MC Rotterdam, The Netherlands




The second day we will have the tutorials. See the Symposium page for more information about the tutorials.

March 24th Tutorials

8:30 – 9:00am


9:00am - 17:00pm Common Data Model & Standardized Vocabulary
 9:00am - 17:00pm OHDSI Tool Ecosystem