Resource and Data Sharing

Biospecimens obtained from pre-clinical and clinical studies and the associated comprehensive clinical data are available. Access to biospecimens and data is available to intra- and extramural investigators interested in expanding the CARC’s focus of research. Requests for access to biospecimens and data from researchers not affiliated with this CARC are accepted. Requests undergo evaluation by the Intramural Center Committee (ICC). Approval for release of biospecimens and data is based on the following guidelines:

  1. Executing the request does not intefere with CARC primary studies;
  2. IACUC approval is obtained;
  3. The collected biological sample is scientifically justified to have potential benefit to understanding the impact of alcohol on HIV disease prevention, progression or treatment;
  4. Costs of obtaining the biological sample are agreed upon based on relatedness to the current proposal.

Processing, shipping, and handling of the requested samples will be covered by the requesting individual. Priority will be given to those projects that have greater promise to develop new areas of investigation or to synergize with existing research interests of the CARC. A formal request delineating the data-sharing agreement will include the following in addition to the guidelines described above: a commitment to using the data only for research purposes and not to identify any individual participant.

For both animal and human data sharing,(a) assurance that data will be used in accordance with the NIH Public Access Policy regarding submission to peer-reviewed journals and submission of the published manuscript to the digital archive of PubMed Central no later than 12 months after publication; (b) assurance that the original values within the data-set will not be altered in any way; (c) assurance that the data will be secure using appropriate computer technology and that the data will not be distributed to a third party; (d) assurance that the data will not be used for commercial purposes or to raise money by an individual or affiliated organization; and (e) acknowledgment that the CARC grant is the data resource in scientific publications; will be requested.

Researchers requesting access to data or biological specimens will obtain access upon the executing the data-sharing agreement or an appropriate material transfer agreement, as applicable, by the requesting investigator and an authorized representative of the recipient institution. All requests will be processed by the LSUHSC Office of Technology Management in accordance with LSUHSC’s policy on material transfer. Final research data will be released for sharing at the time of acceptance for publication of the main findings by CARC investigators.

All requests for resource or data sharing should be sent to Tekeda Ferguson, PhD at tfergu@lsuhsc.edu.

Link to forms:

Biospecimen request

NOAH Specimen and Assay Request Form

NHP Specimen Request Form

Proposal and Data Request Form


Funding for this site is provided by The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA).