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General Information

OHDSI’s mission is to improve health, by empowering a community to collaboratively generate the evidence that promotes better health decisions and better care. As a community we envision a world in which observational research produces a comprehensive understanding of health and disease. OHDSI promotes a collaborative approach to research and has rapidly grown into a vibrant international community. Everyone is welcome to actively participate in OHDSI, whether as a patient, a health professional, a researcher, or someone who simply believes in our cause.

The second European OHDSI Symposium called "The Journey from Data to Evidence" aims to explain how OHDSI's methods and tools can be used to obtain reliable evidence. The focus this year will be on live demonstrations of the use of these tools to answer clinical questions.

The symposium is a platform to share results and ideas about the use of the OMOP-CDM, tool development, and future research studies. The day will include a collaborator showcase involving a poster session to highlight OHDSI’s research achievements and interactive demonstrations of OHDSI’s open-source software tools. Also this year we will have lightning talks from selected submissions.

We strongly invite people that are new to OHDSI and are interested to learn more about this exciting initiative to join our Journey. 

The main symposium will take place on Friday March 29th 2019 at the educational center of the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. The draft agenda of the meeting will be made available soon.

Saturday March 30th, and Sunday March 31th will be dedicated to tutorials. Registration for the tutorials will open late December.

Call for participation

We accept submissions for posters and demonstrations that will be presented during an afternoon collaborator showcase. Selected software demonstrators will be provided a table and monitor during the showcase. Collaborators will be invited to share their final posters onto a poster repository on the OHDSI website.

This year we will have a lightning talk session where selected abstracts will presented during the symposium. 

For more information on how to submit your abstract use this button:

Symposium registration

Last year we were fully booked so we recommend to reserve your seat as soon as possible.

Registration for the symposium is free.

After you register, you will get an Eventbrite confirmation email with your registration ticket. Please bring your ticket to the symposium. If you create an Eventbrite account, you will be able to log back in to edit your registration details. Please remember to click SAVE at the bottom of the page to save your changes.

Please check your spam folder if you did not receive the confirmation email.

Tutorials registration

Five full-day tutorials will be offered this year on March 30th and March 31th in the educational center. There is an introductory and advanced track that you can mix. However, it is only allowed to register for one tutorial for each day.

Registration for the tutorials will open soon.

There are three introductory workshops. There are no prerequisites for the introductory courses; attendance will be on a first-come, first-served basis:

1. OMOP-CDM and Standardized Vocabularies Tutorial

When: March 30th. 9:00-17:00

Faculty: Christian Reich, Erica Voss, Mui van Zandt 

This tutorial will discuss all the details on the structure of the OMOP-CDM and the Standardized Vocabularies that are used to harmonize terminology. An important part of this tutorial is on how to transform your own dataset to the OMOP-CDM.

Target Audience:Data holders who want to apply OHDSI’s data standards to their own observational datasets and researchers who want to be aware of OHDSI’s data standards so they can leverage data in OMOP CDM format for their own research purposes. 

2. OMOP Common Data Model Extract, Transform & Load Tutorial

When: March 31th. 9:00-17:00

Faculty: Erica Voss, Clair Blacketer

Learn about best practices and OHDSI tools developed to help with designing an extract, transform, & load process to take your database from raw observational data to the OMOP Common Data Model.  Pre-requisite course would be the OMOP CDM & Vocabulary Tutorial or working experience with the OMOP CDM and OMOP Vocabulary.

Target Audience: Data holders, researchers, and regulators who want to learn more about the Extraction, Transformation, and Load process.

3. Cohort Building in OMOP CDM with real data: Hands-on experience

When: March 31th. 9:00-17:00

Faculty: Christian Reich, Patrick Ryan

This tutorial is intended for those that want to have some time to experience the OHDSI tools.

Target Audience: Data holders, researchers, and regulators who want to learn more about the OHDSI Tools.

 

There will also be two advanced methods workshops:

1. Population-level Effect Estimation

When: March 30th. 9:00-17:00

This workshop is for researchers who want to design estimation studies for safety surveillance and comparative effectiveness using the OHDSI tools and programmers who want to implement and execute estimation studies using the OHDSI methods library.

Course prerequisites: knowledge of OMOP CDM and Vocabularies and either 1) epidemiologic knowledge understanding of how to define cohorts or 2) R programming skills.

Faculty: Martijn Schuemie, Patrick Ryan

Participants are encouraged to watch these tutorials from past years in preparation for the tutorial:

CDM tutorial: https://www.ohdsi.org/past-events/2017-tutorials-omop-common-data-model-and-standardized-vocabularies/

Cohort definition: https://www.ohdsi.org/ohdsi-cohort-definition-and-phenotyping-tutorial-recording/

2. Patient-Level Prediction  

When: March 31th. 9:00-17:00

This workshop is for researchers who want to design prediction studies for precision medicine and disease interception using the OHDSI tools and programmers who want to implement and execute prediction studies using the OHDSI methods library.

Course prerequisites: knowledge of OMOP CDM and Vocabularies and either 1) epidemiologic knowledge understanding of how to define cohorts or 2) R programming skills.

Faculty: Peter Rijnbeek, Jenna Reps, Ross Williams

Participants are encouraged to watch these tutorials from past years in preparation for the tutorial:

CDM tutorial: https://www.ohdsi.org/past-events/2017-tutorials-omop-common-data-model-and-standardized-vocabularies/

Cohort definition: https://www.ohdsi.org/ohdsi-cohort-definition-and-phenotyping-tutorial-recording/

Accommodations & Travel

Please note that registration to the European OHDSI Symposium only covers your attendance. All travel and accommodation arrangements are the responsibility of each participant.

A suggestion of hotels can be found by here:

Directions

The Symposium will take place in the educational center of the Erasmus MC.

To open a pdf with directions press the button below.

The closest Airport is Rotterdam Airport but there are also good train connections from Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam. If you need help with accommodation or travel send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.