Office of Research

Collaborative Health Studies Coordinating Center


The Collaborative Health Studies Coordinating Center is dedicated to the design, operations, data management, and statistical support of multi-site epidemiologic studies for the prevention and treatment of health conditions and disease. Using a collaborative approach involving expertise from the fields of biostatistics, epidemiology, health services and medicine. We are capable of providing all aspects of management for both observational studies and clinical trials, from design to final manuscript preparation.

Core Services Offered

In our role as a statistical coordinating center for large epidemiological studies and clinical trials, we provide the following services:

- Study communications such as providing leadership for study organization, establishing a website for public and investigator interactions, developing study-wide brochures and newsletters, and planning/organizing all meetings and conference calls;

- Operational activities including development of study protocol, strategies for recruitment and retention, data collection forms, manual(s) of operations, and quality control procedures;

- Development of integrated data collection systems using various formats as needed including computer-assisted interviewing, scanned data forms, and web-based transmission of data from sites linked together for recruitment and tracking of participants;

-Provision of systems for randomization and distribution of study medications for clinical trials;

-Reports to monitor study progress and provide interim clinical results;

-Implementation of quality control activities and standardization of procedures through centralized training, site visits, and programming/statistical techniques to maximize data accuracy;

-Provision of statistical expertise for all design and analytic issues of studies including power estimations, interim monitoring, reporting of final results, manuscript analyses and preparation, and consultation on all statistical aspects of the study.

Funding Information:

Cardiovascular Health Study: NIH/NHLBI - 1989-2011 (renewal pending).
MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis): NIH/NHLBI - 1998-2015.
MESA Air Pollution Study: EPA - 2004-2014.
ISIS (Infant Study of Inhaled Saline in Cystic Fibrosis): NIH - 2008-2012.
HIV Study: NIH - 2008-2013.
Tuberculosis Study: NIH - 2010-2014.
In addition to the above major projects, CHSCC is involved in numerous smaller projects related to the ongoing core research.

Reporting Structure:

Bruce Weir, Chair, Department of Biostatistics

Related UW Entities:

School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology

Center Details

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Director: Kronmal, Richard
Location: Building 29, Suite 310
6200 NE 74th Street
Seattle, WA 98115
Year Started: 2002
Administrator / Program Manager: Oliphant, James
Administering College/School: School of Public Health 
P.I. Home Department: Department of Biostatistics 
Faculty Involvement: 9