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OHSU Library remote access will be unavailable from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017 for server maintenance.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

Research Project Workshops

OHSU Lib RDM workshops

Presidents’ Day Holiday Hours

OHSU Library at the BICC

The Library Service Desk at the BICC will be closed and the Library is not open to the general public on Monday, February 20th, in recognition of the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The After Hours Study Space is open on the 4th floor of the BICC. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance with a valid OHSU badge.

Graduate LRC at the CLSB

The Library Service Desk at the LRC will be closed on Monday, February 20th, in recognition of the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The Graduate LRC is open on the 5th floor of the CLSB. It may be accessed with a valid OHSU badge by occupants of departments and programs located at the CLSB.

Presidents’ Day Holiday Hours

OHSU Library at the BICC  

The Library Service Desk at the BICC will be closed and the Library is not open to the general public on Monday, February 20th, in recognition of the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The After Hours Study Space is open on the 4th floor of the BICC. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance with a valid OHSU badge.

Graduate LRC at the CLSB

The Library Service Desk at the LRC will be closed on Monday, February 20th, in recognition of the Presidents’ Day holiday.

The Graduate LRC is open on the 5th floor of the CLSB. It may be accessed with a valid OHSU badge by occupants of departments and programs located at the CLSB.

Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Hours

OHSU Library at the BICC  

The Library Service Desk at the BICC will be closed and the Library is not open to the general public on Monday, January 16th, in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The After Hours Study Space is open on the 4th floor of the BICC. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance with a valid OHSU badge.

Graduate LRC at the CLSB

The Library Service Desk at the LRC will be closed on Monday, January 16th, in recognition of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

The Graduate LRC is open on the 5th floor of the CLSB. It may be accessed with a valid OHSU badge by occupants of departments and programs located at the CLSB.

Vote for OpenTrialsFDA

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Public voting for the Open Science Prize closes this Friday, January 6, and OpenTrialsFDA, led by OHSU Associate Professor, Dr. Erick Turner, is one of the finalists.  This week the OHSU community is rallying to get OpenTrialsFDA shortlisted to receive the $230,000 prize.  The Open Science Prize is a partnership between the NIH, the Wellcome Trust, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to “unleash the power of open content and data to advance biomedical research” and its application to improve health.  OpenTrialsFDA is one of six international teams that have been working since May 2016 to build prototypes that realize this vision.

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While the boundaries of Open Science are debatable, in practice its advocates aim to make scientific research freely accessible and maximally interoperable to drive discovery, economic growth and human health.  Increasingly, the most vocal advocates for open science practices are scientific thought leaders, funders, and policy makers — stakeholders that truly influence how we work.  Indeed, in early December, the NIH Office of the Associate Director for Data Science hosted the Open Data Science Symposium, a public event exploring how Open Data and Open Science are transforming biomedical research.  Nearly 1,200 people attended and listened to both the current and a former NIH director passionately and practically describe the importance of data sharing for accelerating research.

Dialogue on Open Science between NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins and Former NIH Director Dr. Harold Varmus, moderated by Chris Wiggins, Chief Data Scientist for The New York Times. Image: https://datascience.nih.gov/blog/OpenDataScienceSymposium2016

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OpenTrialsFDA is designed to make clinical trial data from FDA reviews more discoverable, searchable, and actionable.  It addresses important problems and has broad clinical relevance.  Unlike the published literature, which often provides a biased picture of drug efficacy and safety, FDA reviews contain comprehensive methodological, protocol, and outcomes information.  While the FDA makes this data available via a public database, the documents are difficult to search and link to other content; therefore, it is underutilized by researchers, clinicians, and the public.  OpenTrialsFDA fixes this problem, and combined with its parent project, OpenTrials,  provides a linked foundation of publically accessible clinical trial data to inform clinical decision making and new research.

OpenTrialsFDA needs your votes to win the Open Science Prize, which will allow Dr. Turner and his team to fully develop this important tool.  Only 3 teams will be shortlisted and considered by the expert panel of advisors for the $230,000.  You can learn more about OpenTrialsFDA via this short video and explore the prototype.

Vote here and spread the word by Friday, January 6 at 11:59 PM PST to make OpenTrialsFDA and OHSU an Open Science Prize winner! 

Additionally, if you’re looking for a deep dive on the Open Science Prize and reflections on how to evaluate the finalists, read this post from OHSU Associate Professor, Dr. Melissa Haendel.

Holiday Hours

OHSU Library at the BICC

Monday Dec 26 CLOSED
Monday Jan 2 CLOSED

The After Hours Study Space is on the 4th floor of the Library. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance when the Library is closed with a valid OHSU badge.

Graduate LRC at the CLSB

Monday-Friday Dec 26-Jan 2 CLOSED

Access with OHSU badge 24 hours a day

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, champieu@ohsu.edu

Holiday Hours

Thursday, November 24, 2016 the OHSU Library service desk at the BICC and the Graduate LRC at the CLSB will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day.  The service desk at the Graduate LRC will also be closed on Friday, November 25, 2016.

The After Hours Study Space is on the 4th floor of the Library. It may be accessed through the 4th floor entrance when the Library is closed with a valid OHSU badge. The Graduate LRC is accessible with OHSU badge for departments and programs located at CLSB 24 hours a day.

National Library of Medicine Strategic Plan RFI

screenshot-2016-11-11-11-14-35Dr. Patricia Flatley Brennan, the new Director of the National Library of Medicine (NLM), recently visited OHSU to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the BICC. During her plenary presentation, she outlined her vision for the third century of NLM. Now, she and her colleagues are seeking your input on the NLM Strategic Plan. Everyone is encouraged to respond, with particular emphasis on four roles:

 

  1. Role of NLM in advancing data science, open science, and biomedical informatics
  2. Role of NLM in advancing biomedical discovery and translational science
  3. Role of NLM in supporting the public’s health: clinical systems, public health systems and services, and personal health
  4. Role of NLM in building collections to support discovery and health in the 21st century

In the following areas:

  1. Identify what you consider an audacious goal in your area of interest – a challenge that may be daunting but would represent a huge leap forward were it to be achieved.  Include input on the barriers to and benefits of achieving the goal.
  2. The most important thing NLM does in this area, from your perspective.
  3. Research areas that are most critical for NLM to conduct or support.
  4. Healthcare systems and public health arenas in which NLM participation is most critical.
  5. New data types or data collections anticipated over the next 10 years.
  6. Other comments, suggestions, or considerations, keeping in mind that the aim is to build the NLM of the future.