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Data Visualization: Conference Roundup

June 11, 2015

The arrival of spring and summer gets us excited not just for warmer weather, but also conference season. This year, we’re making an effort to share more about our data visualization tools at conferences throughout our industry. Rho’s Center for Applied Data Visualization (ADV) is presenting some exciting work this year, and we want to share some of that with you.

In May, Shane Rosanbalm presented his Sankey Bar Charts at the PharmaSUG conference in Orlando, while fellow ADV member Ryan Bailey presented our Adverse Event Explorer at the Bio-IT World Conference in Boston. We’ve featured the Sankey Bar Charts and Adverse Event Explorer in previous blog posts, and you can learn more about these tools on our graphics-sharing website (Sankey Bar Chart | Adverse Event Explorer).

On June 4, Jeremy Wildfire, presented at the Pharmaceutical Users Software Exchange (PhUSE) Single Day Event in Chapel Hill, NC. The theme of this event was “Visualizing Clinical Data” – a perfect topic for the ADV. Mr. Wildfire demonstrated several of the ADV’s tools, including two new ones we recently released on our graphics-sharing website, an interactive Lab Results Explorer, and an Immunologic Outcomes Explorer that was recently featured in a correspondence in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Immunologic Outcomes Explorer

immunologic outcomes explorer

Next up for the ADV is a presentation at the DIA Annual Meeting in Washington DC on June 18th. In this presentation, Mr. Wildfire will demonstrate an interactive data explorer we created to interface with the FDA’s openFDA project. openFDA is an open access portal and API designed to give the public easier access to the vast amount of data the FDA collects on medical devices and drugs. These data include over 3.8 million adverse event (AE) reports. Our interactive openFDA Adverse Event Explorer allows users to explore and compare AE data for all of drugs available in the database in real time.

openFDA Explorer

openFDA explorer

One of the best aspects of the conferences is getting to talk with our fellow researchers, investigators, and scientists about our data visualization tools – how our tools can aid in their work, ways the tools can be improved, and ideas for new tool development. These conversations help us refine our existing tools and they inspire our next set of projects.

If you would like to participate in these exciting conversations, we would love to hear from you. To request more information, see the tools in action, share your ideas, or make plans to chat with us at an upcoming conference, contact