Collaborative and Ancillary Studies

The Dialysis Outcomes and Practice Patterns Study (DOPPS) has a long history of successful collaborations with investigators outside of Arbor Research Collaborative for Health. We are committed to collaboration with external investigators to maximize the scientific value of the wealth of data made possible by all the participating facilities and patients. Past activities have allowed scientists to explore a very broad range of topics of interest to the dialysis community. To continue our tradition of providing unique opportunities for scientific investigation, we invite interested researchers to learn more about opportunities for collaboration with us.

There are generally three types of collaborative and ancillary studies:

  1. Studies to perform novel analyses of core DOPPS data. These studies may include:
    1. Release of a limited data set to an external investigator for independent analyses
    2. Analyses conducted by Arbor Research to address a scientific question from external investigators (external investigators will typically provide scientific leadership for these projects)
  2. Studies that collect new data (data not captured as part of the core study, e.g., biosamples or new patient surveys)
  3. Implementation of the core DOPPS, PDOPPS or CKDopps protocol in a new country

Ancillary studies are supported by sources outside the DOPPS and must be independently funded by the investigator or by resources obtained by the investigator. Similarly, implementation of the core study in a new country typically requires obtaining country-level funding for participation. Approval by one of the DOPPS studies’ steering committees (DOPPS, PDOPPS, CKDopps) is required prior to submitting for outside funding. 

Examples of ancillary study funding sources may include:

  • Governmental research grants or awards
  • Institutional or foundation grants
  • Private sources such as industry

We encourage interested investigators to contact us early in the process of obtaining external funding so that we may assist you in determining if this study vehicle is appropriate for the research intended.