Virginia Commonwealth University researchers can now tap into a national resource to further their study of COVID-19.
The National COVID Cohort Collaborative, or N3C, led by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), securely collects and organizes clinical and diagnostic data from patients across the country to create a dataset broad enough to engage in meaningful research of the novel coronavirus.
VCU, led by the Wright Center, joined N3C this summer. As of last week, the collaborative contained de-identified data for more than 958,000 patients from across the country, meaning researchers have access to hundreds of millions of lab results, procedures and observations.
VCU researchers have two options for accessing the data:
Those wanting assistance can submit a request via the Wright Center’s Clinical Research Informatics support request form. This option gives researchers support with the Enclave system, as well as with navigating the N3C protocols.
Or, VCU researchers can register with N3C on their own and follow instructions on the website.
Investigators also have the option to join existing projects once they have signed up with N3C.