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Registry and Repository

Aug 12, 2012 at 12:00am

Have you ever wondered why HSD refers to a collection of data sometimes as a "Registry" and sometimes as a "Repository?"

A registry refers to a list of names and contact information of people who are willing to be contacted about research related to a specific topic. A registry might include information that would assist in selecting candidates appropriate to recruit for a specific study.

A repository is a collection of data, samples or both made available to researchers for analyses intended to answer various research questions.

A repository could also be used for recruitment purposes IF the subjects whose data are in the repository have given permission for that specific purpose.

However, a repository does not intrinsically or automatically provide for recruitment into other studies. A "dual use" must be specified in the Repository Application.

More information is available on our website.