OHSU’s Erick Turner to present at next Data Jamboree, Dec. 16

Join the OHSU Library and Computational Biology Program for December’s Data Jamboree. This month’s event will focus on the role of open content and data in advancing biomedical research and human health. Erick Turner, M.D., Associate Professor at OHSU and Staff Psychiatrist at the Portland VA Medical Center, will introduce OpenTrialsFDA, a current finalist for the highly competitive Open Science Prize.

OpenTrialsFDA is a platform developed by Turner and associates that aims to increase access to and the utility of FDA drug approval packages that often contain information on clinical trials that have never been published.  When these data 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.

Friday, Dec. 16
2:30 – 5:00 PM (hackathon will continue past 5:00)
Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB), 3A003
Food & Drink provided

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:

  • Searching the OpenTrialsFDA website, understanding the contents of an FDA drug approval package, and how the data can benefit different use cases, such as meta-analysis and systematic reviews.
  • An 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.

All are welcome to attend, including OHSU faculty, students, and staff as well as Portland area science enthusiasts and developers!