NICHD recently launched the NICHD Data and Specimen Hub (DASH), a centralized resource for researchers to store and access de-identified data from NICHD-funded research studies for secondary research use. NICHD DASH is a mechanism for NICHD investigators and grantees to share research data from studies in accordance with the NIH Data Sharing Policy and the NIH Genomic Data Sharing Policy.
“For research to have the greatest possible impact on public health, data sharing is essential,” said NICHD Director Alan Guttmacher, M.D. “NICHD DASH should prove invaluable to us in accelerating scientific findings and maximizing the return on our research investments.”
The resource currently includes data from various studies on topics ranging from HIV/AIDS and pregnancy to infant care and child health. Efforts are under way to add more study data in coming months.
NICHD DASH is a publicly accessible website. Users who are interested in submitting or requesting study data must register for a free account. NICHD will review each request to confirm that the proposed use is scientifically and ethically appropriate and is permitted by the institutions that submitted the data.
About the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD): The NICHD sponsors research on development, before and after birth; maternal, child, and family health; reproductive biology and population issues; and medical rehabilitation. For more information, visit the Institute's website at http://www.nichd.nih.gov/.