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Building Team Science: New Research Opportunities in MESA

February 3, 2014

Goodmesalogo (3)Previous posts described future directions in epidemiology research and opportunities to further team science.  Building on transformative approaches described on this forum (November 1, 2013 and December 20, 2013),  the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis invites interested investigators to develop investigator-initiated grant applications for innovative research that involve new data collection from current study participants. The next MESA contract is anticipated to begin in 2015 and welcomes research that will complement an NHLBI-supported core exam.  If you are interested, contact the MESA investigators now to coordinate the process and scientific components.  Interested investigators should consider the following as they begin this process:

• MESA Ancillary Study Committee will begin reviewing proposals in February in order to meet a June NIH submission deadline. The study has policies, procedures, and timelines for reviewing and approving ancillary study proposals before a grant application may be submitted for funding.

• Please contact the MESA Coordinating Center as soon as possible to ensure that the proposed research is appropriate for the study population, and to ascertain existing data availability and determine resource needs.

• Submission of applications proposing new data collection in study participants should be coordinated so the participant exam components can be conducted in a single participant visit, in order to minimize participant burden and cost.

If you are interested, please visit the study web site via the links provided above, or contact the study directly.

Prepared by the Epidemiology Branch

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