Join us for a special OHSU Open Science Data Jamboree & Hackathon

blogpostThe December Data Jamboree will focus on the power of open content and data to advance biomedical research and human health.  Dr. Erick Turner, Associate Professor at OHSU and Staff Psychiatrist at the Portland VA Medical Center, will introduce OpenTrialsFDA, which is a finalist for the highly competitive Open Science Prize.

OpenTrialsFDA aims to increase access to and the utility of FDA drug approval packages. These review packages often contain information on clinical trials that have never been published.  When these “inconvenient truths” are integrated into a systematic review or meta-analysis, it can sometimes dramatically shift a drug’s risk-benefit ratio.

Although the FDA makes the reviews available via its web portal Drugs@FDA, the documents are notoriously difficult to search and aggregate. As a consequence, they are rarely used by clinicians and researchers, despite their immense value.  OpenTrialsFDA intends to change this by allowing researchers, clinicians, the public, developers, and third party platforms to access, search, and build upon this data.

Dr. Turner’s keynote talk will be followed by an overview of the NIH’s new clinical trial data sharing requirements and two concurrent hands-on sessions:

  • The first will be a deep dive on searching OpenTrialsFDA website, understanding the contents of an FDA drug approval package (including the statistical content), and how to use the data for different use cases, such as meta analysis and systematic reviews.  Dr. Turner will team teach the breakout with an OHSU biostatistician.
  • The second will be a OpenTrialsFDA hackathon using the OpenTrials API.  Attendees will have the opportunity to use their research, development, clinical, and visualization expertise (to name a few) to explore, present, and build upon the OpenTrials data and the OpenTrialsFDA application.  Please note, no technical expertise is required, as there will be multiple ways of contributing.

The Data Jamboree is presented by Computational Biology and the OHSU Library.  All are welcome to attend, including OHSU faculty, students, and staff as well as Portland area science enthusiasts and developers!

December 16, 2016

2:30 – 5:00 PM (hackathon will continue past 5:00)

Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB), 3A003

Food & Drink provided

Contact:  Robin Champieux, Scholarly Communication Librarian,