Repository Information - VA Cooperative Studies Program (CSP)
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CSP #585 Data
We have enrolled 1,275 Veterans into the cohort and biorepository.

The following data and resources are available to VA and non-VA investigators through the CSPEC-Durham Data and Specimen Repository, under approved protocols:

  • Data Dictionary (html format)
  • Blood specimen: including plasma, buffy coat, DNA (Note: CSP Epidemiology Center Durham has placed a temporary moratorium on accepting requests for CSP #585 plasma specimens until a Request for Specimens (RFS) is prepared that prioritizes requests for these limited specimens. If you would like to be notified when the RFS is released, please contact Requests for CSP #585 datasets and DNA are welcome. During study planning, please contact to arrange a consultation to discuss the proposed study and data access requirements.)
  • Release form for access to VA and non-VA medical records
  • In addition, the Veterans consented to 1) be recontacted to update survey, medical provider, and contact information, 2) be recontacted about new studies, 3) for project team to access data and blood from other VA and non-VA studies

Investigator Access to Data and Specimens
The VA Cooperative Studies Program stores all project data. A process has been created for reviewing requests from researchers who wish to use the information and blood samples in new studies. Investigators are invited to submit data requests to the CSPEC-Durham Data and Specimen Repository for their IRB-approved protocols. Requests will be reviewed by the repository Scientific and Ethical Oversight Committee and the Repository Administrator. As an initial step, and ideally before IRB-review, we encourage interested investigators to contact the repository coordinators Ashlyn Press and Meghan O'Leary to arrange a consultation to discuss the proposed study and additional requirements. Data use agreements and/or materials transfer agreements may also be required. After these requirements are met, a limited and/or de-identified dataset will be released.

For more information about requesting CSP #585 data, please contact Ashlyn Press at or Meghan O'Leary at Meghan.O'

Cohort Demographics
Below is a summary of the characteristics of the Veterans enrolled in CSP 585, including self-reported health conditions for Veterans who use VA for healthcare ("VA users") and Veterans who do not ("VA non-users"). The numbers in the second table indicate the percentage of participants who reported symptoms in various organ systems.

*This table was created in April 2016 before enrollment ended. The n is 1,267 as opposed to the full cohort of 1,275.

Table describing the characteristics of the CSP 585 participants