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Collaborative Health Studies Coordinating Center



The Collaborative Health Studies Coordinating Center is a non-profit, academic organization with over 20 years of experience running multi-site epidemiologic studies and clinical trials. Our center is a collaborative effort involving faculty, staff and students from the Departments of Biostatistics and Epidemiology at the University of Washington. Our team of programmers, biostatisticians, epidemiologists and project managers provides expertise in study design, data collection and management, and statistical analysis. Our mission is to support studies that further scientific inquiry in areas that will ultimately impact public health. We also support the next generation of researchers by offering assistantships to current students and postdoctoral fellowships to recent graduates.

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
MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis): NIH/NHLBI
Pulmonary Hypertension Association Registry: Pulmonary Hypertension Association
CF-SHIP: 001 Clinical Trial: SCRI/Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
STTR-HIV: Seek, Test, Treat and Retain Harmonization Study: NIDA
MESA Air Pollution Study: EPA

In addition to the above major projects, CHSCC is involved in numerous smaller projects related to the ongoing core research.

Reporting Structure

Patrick Haegerty, Chair, Department of Biostatistics

Related UW Entities

School of Public Health: Department of Epidemiology