NIH GUIDE, Volume 24, Number 8, March 3, 1995


P.T. 34



  Data Management/Analysis+ 

  Surveys & Survey Research 

  Population Studies 

National Institute on Aging

The National Institute on Aging (NIA) has a contract requirement to

operate the coordinating unit for an eight-year population-based

observational study, the Dynamics of Health, Aging and Body

Composition (HEALTH ABC).  The coordinating unit will interact with

two field centers that will recruit a total of 3,000 non-

institutionalized White and African-American men and women aged

70-79.  Change in physical function and incident disability are the

major study outcomes.  Assessment of participants will include

baseline and follow-up interviews and examinations that include

measurement of body composition using dual energy x-ray

absorptiometry (DEXA); measures of anthropometry, strength, fitness

and physical function; objective measures of weight-related health

conditions, i.e., osteoarthritis, cardiovascular disease,

osteoporosis, pulmonary disease, and diabetes, and collection of

blood and other biologic samples.  The coordinating unit will have

the primary responsibility for:  (1) providing reading centers for

body composition studies and electrocardiograms; (2) establishing and

maintaining a central storage facility for biologic specimens; (3)

identifying and assessing candidate facilities for analysis of

biologic specimens; and (4) managing the central storage facilities

and analytic laboratories for biologic specimens, including

coordinating the shipping, tracking, and analysis of samples.

Responsibilities for data management and study administration

include:  (1) participating with the field centers in preparing the

study protocols, reporting forms, and manuals of operations; (2)

assisting in the preparation of materials for OMB clearance; (3)

developing a distributed data entry system; (4) standardizing,

printing and distributing reporting forms, the study protocol, and

manuals of operations; (5) conducting training sessions for field

center personnel on all aspects of data collection; (6) receiving,

collecting, processing, editing, storing, providing quality control

of, and analyzing data collected by the field centers; (7)

coordinating, arranging, participating in, providing information for,

and preparing minutes from committee meetings; (8) preparing and

distributing periodic technical and statistical reports; (9)

developing recruitment plans, informed consent materials, and

educational materials for diverse study populations; (10)

collaborating with the other study investigators and project officers

in producing manuscripts for publication.

Applicants should have previous experience in research projects

involving the following:  collection of data on body composition or

bone mineral density and from electrocardiograms, establishing and

maintaining a central storage facility for biologic specimens, and

evaluating laboratories for analysis of these specimens.  The

solicitation is scheduled to be issued on or about March 3, 1995.

Proposals will be due 60 days after the date of issuance of the

solicitation.  All responsible sources may submit a proposal that

will be considered by the Government.


Copies of the solicitation may be obtained by sending a written

request to:

John P. DeCenzo

Research Contracts Branch, DCG/OD

National Institutes of Health

6100 Executive Boulevard, Room 6E01 - MSC 7540

Bethesda, MD  20892-7540

Telephone:  (301) 496-4487


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