Development of a Multi-Study Repository to Support Research on Veteran Health: The VA Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center-Durham (CSPEC-Durham) Data and Specimen Repository.

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Federal agencies, including the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), have prioritized improved access to scientific data and results collected through federally funded research. Our VA Cooperative Studies Program Epidemiology Center in Durham, North Carolina (CSPEC-Durham) assembled a repository of data and specimens collected through multiple studies on Veteran health issues to facilitate future research in these areas. We developed a single protocol, request process that includes scientific and ethical review of all applications, and a database architecture using metadata (common variable descriptors) to securely store and share data across diverse studies. In addition, we created a mechanism to allow data and specimens collected through older studies in which re-use was not addressed in the study protocol or consent forms to be shared if the future research is within the scope of the original consent. Our CSPEC-Durham Data and Specimen Repository currently includes research data, genomic data, and study specimens (e.g., DNA, blood) for three content areas: colorectal cancer, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and Gulf War research. The linking of the study specimens and research data can support additional genetic analyses and related research to improve Veterans' health.

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Cited Authors

  • O'Leary, MC; Whitley, RL; Press, A; Provenzale, D; Williams, CD; Chesnut, B; Jones, R; Redding, TS; Sims, KJ

Published Date

  • 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 9 /

Start / End Page

  • 612806 -

PubMed ID

  • 33681131

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7925406

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2296-2565

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.3389/fpubh.2021.612806


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Switzerland