“Through collaboration and coordination we are beginning to align research across populations and settings, put tools and platforms in place to connect researchers, and develop an overarching strategy for setting goals and securing funding.”
—Eve Lackritz, GAPPS senior program officer

Protocols for Understanding
Standardizing maternal data and samples across widespread collection sites requires shared language and protocols. When researchers can access reliable, comparable data from colleagues around the world, it greatly broadens their scope of discovery. This is why GAPPS believes harmonizing specimen and data collection is a critical link in identifying new and effective solutions for prematurity and stillbirth.

GAPPS’ harmonization efforts, aimed at efficient data-sharing between research sites around the world, incorporate these elements:

GAPPS currently uses three models for its harmonization efforts (see the Global Harmonization table below). The “Centralized” model combines all of GAPPS’ harmonization components, including processing and storage at the Seattle-based GAPPS Repository. The “Virtual” model applies to GAPPS Repository collection sites that manage their own processing and storage. The “Strategic/Technical Consultation” model is used when GAPPS provides expertise and materials to an outside research group. This model integrates all of the harmonization components except processing, storage, data management and distribution.


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