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The NHLBI has issued contract awards to support the Strong Heart Study (SHS) infrastructure and continued surveillance during a Phase VII (beginning February, 2019 for a seven-year duration). Support for a basic follow-up examination of approximately 3,500 participants during the contract cycle will be included. The SHS Phase VII exam will serve as a platform for in-depth ancillary studies that are funded outside of the SHS contracts. These ancillary studies will be operationally integrated into the main study, and can propose additional exam components. See NOT-HL-19-687.

 Ancillary Studies to the SHS Phase VII Participant Re-exam

The SHS Phase VII exam of all consenting participants will occur February, 2022 to February, 2024. The exam is intended in part to serve as a platform for additional, independently funded exam components via investigator-initiated grants or other independently funded projects to enrich the exam data collection with additional hypothesis-driven content. The research aims of such exam-related ancillary projects need not be limited to those within the mission of the NHLBI but must be consistent with and/or complement the SHS’s objectives. 

Please read below for more information on Ancillary Study opportunities. Interested investigators are also encouraged to contact the SHS investigators to begin planning ancillary study proposals. See NOT-HL-19-687 and references therein for suggested submission dates to allow adequate time to cooperate with the SHS in the planning of the SHS Phase VII exam.

SHS is Soliciting Ancillary Studies

In addition, the SHS is soliciting ancillary study ideas to be presented at their June 11-12, 2019 SHS Steering Committee Meeting to be held at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Study ideas can be presented and discussed through brief presentations, either in-person or through videoconferencing. Please see Guidelines for preparing submissions for the June 11-12 SHS Steering Committee Meeting: Special Guidelines for Ancillary Studies submitted for the June, 2019 Steering Committee review (PDF). Submissions for consideration at the June meeting are due May 31, 2019.

SHS Phase VII exam Components

For planning purposes, the components of the basic core examination will include the following: recruitment, informed consent, blood pressure and anthropometry measurements, phlebotomy and spot urine for key lab analytes (serum lipid profile, plasma glucose, whole blood HbA1c; and urinary creatinine and albumin) and sample storage for future research use, and questionnaires to update personal and medical history and current medications use.

SHS Phase VII Exam Timing:

Planning of exam components, obtaining IRB and Tribal Approvals: February 15, 2021 to February 14, 2022

Phase VII exam: February 15, 2022 to February 14, 2024