Data Sharing

Data Sharing

SOAR (Supporting Open Access for Researchers) is a collaboration between the Duke Clinical Research Institute (DCRI), academia, and private industry to open clinical research data for the benefit of the broader research community.

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Our Goal

The goal of SOAR is to foster transparency and openness in research, enabling researchers to more rapidly build upon previous work and allowing patients to gain access to needed therapies more quickly.  The SOAR committee includes experts in biostatistics, research ethics, patient privacy, and the clinical specialty of the research. Proposals will be evaluated based on their scientific rationale as well as their analysis plans.

For media inquiries, please contact Mark Slagle (mark.slagle@duke.edu). For all other inquiries, contact Brian McCourt (brian.mccourt@duke.edu).

 

Brian J. McCourt
Director of Clinical Research Informatics

"We believe that these approaches will promote open science by allowing investigators to verify trial results as well as to pursue interesting secondary uses of trial data without compromising scientific integrity."
Brian McCourt
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SOAR aims to facilitate open sharing of clinical trial data with responsible researchers to promote open science and allow investigators to verify trial results as well as pursue interesting secondary uses of trial data. Ultimately, this increase in transparency will inform science and improve patient care.

METHODS

Each proposal is quickly reviewed by an Independent Review Committee with expertise in biostatistics, research ethics, patient privacy, and the clinical specialty of the research to evaluate the statistical analysis plan, plan to protect patient privacy, dissemination plan and qualification of the investigator(s). The data and analytical tools are provisioned directly to the investigator. The committee also reviews the final manuscript prior to submission to assess concordance with the stated analysis plan.

EXPERT LEADERSHIP

The SOAR program enables responsible data sharing through partnerships among academia, industry, and individual investigators. Overseen by senior experts from clinical science, biostatistics, and regulatory practice, SOAR is at the forefront in understanding the complexities of data sharing and secondary analysis.

Leadership

Michael Pencina

Michael Pencina, PhD

Director of Biostatistics, DCRI
Professor of Biostatistics
and Bioinformatics, Duke University

 

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Eric D. Peterson, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC

Executive Director, DCRI
Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
Fred Cobb, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine

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Victor Hasselblad, PhD, MS

Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke University

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Lawrence H. Muhlbaier, PhD

Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke University

Partnering to build a community of resources will enable researchers to advance science and improve the care of patients around the world

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