Data SharingSOAR (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.
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.
Brian J. McCourtDirector of Clinical Research Informatics
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.
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.
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.
Michael Pencina, PhD
Director of Biostatistics, DCRI
Professor of Biostatistics
and Bioinformatics, Duke University
Eric D. Peterson, MD, MPH, FAHA, FACC
Executive Director, DCRI
Professor of Medicine, Cardiology
Fred Cobb, MD, Distinguished Professor of Medicine
Victor Hasselblad, PhD, MS
Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke University
Lawrence H. Muhlbaier, PhD
Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Duke University