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Collection - General Tab

Fields available for edit on the top portion of the page include:

  • Collection Title
  • Investigators
  • Collection Description
  • Collection Phase
  • Funding Source
  • Clinical Trials

Collection Status: The visibility status of an NDA Collection.  Collection Status can be Shared or Private.  Collections in Shared status are visible to all users and can be searched in the NDA Query Tool. Private Collections are not visible to NDA users.  The Status of an NDA Collection only affects the visibility of information about the Collection (metadata) and does not relate to the status of the record-level research data in the NDA Collection.

Collection Phase: The current status of a research project submitting data to an NDA Collection, based on the timing of the award and/or the data that have been submitted.
 

  • Pre-Enrollment: The default entry made when the NDA Collection is created.
     
  • Enrolling: Data have been submitted to the NDA Collection or the NDA Data Expected initial submission date has been reached for at least one data structure category in the NDA Collection.
     
  • Data Analysis: Subject level data collection for the research project is completed and has been submitted to the NDA Collection.  The NDA Collection owner or the NDA Help Desk may set this phase when they’ve confirmed data submission is complete and submitted subject counts match at least 90% of the target enrollment numbers in the NDA Data Expected. Data submission reminders will be turned off for the NDA Collection.
     
  • Funding Completed: The NIH grant award (or awards) associated with the NDA Collection has reached its end date. NDA Collections in Funding Completed phase are assigned a subphase to indicate the status of data submission.
     
    • The Data Expected Subphase indicates that NDA expects more data will be submitted
    • The Closeout Subphase indicates the data submission is complete.
    • The Sharing Not Met Subphase indicates that data submission was not completed as expected. 

Blinded Clinical Trial Status:

  • This status is set by a Collection Owner and indicates the research project is a double blinded clinical trial.  When selected, the public view of Data Expected will show the Data Expected items and the Submission Dates, but the targeted enrollment and subjects submitted counts will not be displayed.
     
  • Targeted enrollment and subjects submitted counts are visible only to NDA Administrators and to the NDA Collection or as the NDA Collection Owner.
     
  • When an NDA Collection that is flagged Blinded Clinical Trial reaches the maximum data sharing date for that Data Repository (see https://nda.nih.gov/about/sharing-regimen.html), the embargo on Data Expected information is released.
     

Funding Source

The organization(s) responsible for providing the funding is listed here. 

Supporting Documentation

Users with Submission privileges, as well as Collection Owners, Program  Officers, and those with Administrator privileges, may upload and attach supporting documentation. By default, supporting documentation is shared to the general public, however, the option is also available to limit this information to qualified researchers only. 

Grant Information 

Identifiable details are displayed about the Project of which the Collection was derived from. You may click in the Project Number to view a full report of the Project captured by the NIH. 

Clinical Trials

Any data that is collected to support or further the research of clinical studies will be available here. Collection Owners and those with Administrator privileges may add new clinical trials. 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • When a Collection is created by NDA staff and marked as Shared, an email notification will automatically be sent to the PI(s) of the grant(s) associated with the Collection to notify them.

  • During Collection creation, NDA staff determine the appropriate Permission Group based on the type of data to be submitted, the type of access that will be available to data access users, and the information provided by the Program Officer during grant award.

  • The NDA system does not allow for a single grant to be associated with more than one Collection; therefore, a single grant will not be listed in the Grant Information section of a Collection for more than one Collection.

  • In general, each Collection is associated with only one grant; however, multiple grants may be associated if the grant has multiple competing segments for the same grant number or if multiple different grants are all working on the same project and it makes sense to hold the data in one Collection (e.g., Cooperative Agreements).

Glossary

  • Number of human subjects enrolled in an NIH-funded clinical research study. The data is provided in annual progress reports.

  • A privilege provided to a user associated with an NDA Collection or NDA Study whereby that user can perform a full range of actions including providing privileges to other users. 

  • Generally, the Collection Owner is the contact PI listed on a grant. Only one NDA user is listed as the Collection owner. Most automated emails are primarily sent to the Collection Owner.

  • The Collection Phase provides information on data submission as opposed to grant/project completion so while the Collection phase and grant/project phase may be closely related they are often different.  Collection users with Administrative Privileges are encouraged to edit the Collection Phase.  The Program Officer as listed in eRA (for NIH funded grants) may also edit this field. Changes must be saved by clicking the Save button at the bottom of the page.  This field is sortable alphabetically in ascending or descending order. Collection Phase options include: 

    • Pre-Enrollment:  A grant/project has started, but has not yet enrolled subjects.
    • Enrolling:  A grant/project has begun enrolling subjects.  Data submission is likely ongoing at this point.
    • Data Analysis:  A grant/project has completed enrolling subjects and has completed all data submissions.
    • Funding Completed:  A grant/project has reached the project end date.
  • The Collection State indicates whether the Collection is viewable and searchable.  Collections can be either Private, Shared, or an Ongoing Study.  A Collection that is shared does not necessarily have shared data as the Collection State and state of data are independent of each other.  This field can be edited by Collection users with Administrative Privileges and the Program Officer as listed in eRA (for NIH funded grants). Changes must be saved by clicking the Save button at the bottom of the page.

  • An editable field with the title of the Collection, which is often the title of the grant associated with the Collection.

  • Data Use Limitations (DULs) describe the appropriate secondary use of a dataset and are based on the original informed consent of a research participant. NDA only accepts consent-based data use limitations defined by the NIH Office of Science Policy.

  • Provides the grant number(s) for the grant(s) associated with the Collection.  The field is a hyperlink so clicking on the Grant number will direct the user to the grant information in the NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools (RePORT) page.

  • A virtual container and organization structure for data and associated documentation from one grant or one large project/consortium. It contains tools for tracking data submission and allows investigators to define a wide array of other elements that provide context for the data, including all general information regarding the data and source project, experimental parameters used to collect any event-based data contained in the Collection, methods, and other supporting documentation. They also allow investigators to link underlying data to an NDA Study, defining populations and subpopulations specific to research aims. 

  • NDA Collections may be organized by scientific similarity into NIH Research Initiatives, to facilitate query tool user experience. NIH Research Initiatives map to one or multiple Funding Opportunity Announcements. 

  • Access to shared record-level data in NDA is provisioned at the level of a Permission Group. NDA Permission Groups consist of one or multiple NDA Collections that contain data with the same subject consents.

  • Number of human subject participants to be enrolled in an NIH-funded clinical research study. The data is provided in competing applications and annual progress reports.

  • Various documents and materials to enable efficient use of the data by investigators unfamiliar with the project and may include the research protocol, questionnaires, and study manuals.  

  • The total number of unique subjects for whom data have been shared and are available for users with permission to access data.

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Collection - Shared Data Tab

This tab provides a quick overview of the Data Structure title, Data Type, and Number of Subjects that are currently Shared for the Collection. The information presented in this tab is automatically generated by NDA and cannot be edited. If no information is visible on this tab, this would indicate the Collection does not have shared data or the data is private.

The shared data is available to other researchers who have permission to access data in the Collection's designated Permission Group(s). Use the Download button to get all shared data from the Collection to the Filter Cart.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • To see what data your project have submitted are being used by a study, simply go the Associated Studies tab of your collection.  Alternatively, you may review an NDA Study Attribution Report available on the General tab.  

  • Often it becomes more difficult to organize and format data electronically after the project has been completed and the information needed to create a GUID may not be available; however, you may still contact a program staff member at the appropriate funding institution for more information.

  • Unlike completed projects where researchers may not have the information needed to create a GUID and/or where the effort needed to organize and format data becomes prohibitive, ongoing projects have more of an opportunity to overcome these challenges.  Please contact a program staff member at the appropriate funding institution for more information.

Glossary

  • A defined organization and group of Data Elements to represent an electronic definition of a measure, assessment, questionnaire, or collection of data points.  Data structures that have been defined in the NDA Data Dictionary are available at https://ndar.nih.gov/data_dictionary.html. 

  • A grouping of data by similar characteristics such as Clinical Assessments, Omics, or Neurosignal data.

  • The term 'Shared' generally means available to others; however, there are some slightly different meanings based on what is Shared.  A Shared NDA Collection or NDA Study is viewable and searchable publicly regardless of the user's role or whether the user has an NDA account.  A Shared Collection or NDA Study does not necessarily mean that data submitted to the Collection or used in the NDA Study have been shared as this is independently determined.  Data are shared according the schedule defined in a Collection's Data Expected Tab and/or in accordance with data sharing expectations in the NDA Data Sharing Terms and Conditions.  Additionally, Supporting Documentation uploaded to a Collection may be shared independent of whether data are shared, but will only be viewable and accessible if the Collection is Shared.

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fMRi

fMRI stands for functional magnetic resonance imaging. fMRI tests measure blood flow, providing detailed functional images of the brain or body. 

Acquisition
The Acquisition parameters needed for an experiment include the following:

The name of the experiment is required. Please be concise and specific as possible.
Following experiment name, selection boxes are provided for the Equipment, Software, or other items specific to the experiment type. At least one selection is required for each. If NDAR does not have the appropriate listing, select Add New to add the information provided. Following the selection boxes, provide additional information may be required depending on the experiment type. Any required items are denoted by an asterisk (*).

Block/Event Design
At least one block/event is required. Note that any fields denoted with an asterisk (*) are required. All data must be devoid of personally identifiable data, including the contents of any files attached to the experiment.

Note: To simplify the definition of multiple events, we provide an Import from XML function. This function supports importing data from all three experiment sections (Acquisition, Block/Event Design, and Post Processing), at this time files cannot be uploaded from XML A test format is provided here and our XML Schema Definition (xsd) can be found here.

Post Processing
If you have completed any post-processing on your data, please choose 'Yes' for Has Postprocessing? If not, select 'No'. Depending on this selection the remaining post-processing fields will be enabled (some of which will be required). If you are initially providing data you can select 'No', then return to the experiment to add post-processing steps at a later date when the data are being provided.

Please provide information about post-processing manipulations, i.e. artifact detection algorithms, segmentation used for post data collection, items denoted with an asterisk (*) are required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Glossary

  • This button will add all selections to the Filter Cart. 

  • This button will allow you to copy all of the Experiment details as a template for a new experiment. 

  • Adds all data from the current selections in a Collection or NDA Study to the Filter Cart.

  • This button will allow you to return to the Experiments tab. 

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Collection - Submissions Tab

Users with permission to access Shared data in the Collection’s assigned Permission Group may use this tab. 

Here, you can:

  • Review your uploads to your Collection, monitor their status, and download them individually to verify their contents.
  • Download individual datasets as a secondary user of the data approved for access.
  • Identify and download datasets containing errors identified by NDA's QA/QC process for review and resolution.
  • Report suspected or discovered Personally Identifiable Information in a submission via the Actions column.

Frequently Asked Questions

Glossary

  • The default view of Datasets within a Collection's Submission tab.

  • A Submission Loading Status on a Collection's Submission Tab that indicates that an issue has prevented the successful loading of the submission.  Users should contact the NDA Help Desk for assistance at NDAHelp@mail.nih.gov.

  • The NDA has two Submission Cycles per year - January 15 and July 15.

  • An interface to notify NDA that data may not be submitted during the upcoming/current submission cycle.  

  • The unique and sequentially assigned ID for a submission (e.g. a discrete upload via the Validation and Upload Tool), which may contain any number of datafiles, Data Structures and/or Data Types, regardless of the Submission Loading Status. A single submission may be divided into multiple Datasets, which are based on Data Type.

  • The total number of unique subjects for whom data have been shared and are available for users with permission to access data.

  • The total number of unique subjects for whom data have been submitted, which includes data in both a Private State and a Shared State.

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Collection - Publications Tab

The number of Publications is displayed in parentheses next to the tab name. Clicking on any of the Publication Titles will open the Publication in a new internet browsing tab. 

Collection Owners, Program Officers, and users with Submission or Administrative Privileges for the Collection may mark a publication as either Relevant or Not Relevant in the Status column. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Publications are considered relevant to a collection when the data shared is directly related to the project or collection.

  • PubMed, an online library containing journals, articles, and medical research. Sponsored by NiH and National Library of Medicine (NLM). 

Glossary

  • A link to the Create an NDA Study page that can be clicked to start creating an NDA Study with information such as the title, journal and authors automatically populated.

  • Indicates that the publication has not yet been reviewed and/or marked as Relevant or Not Relevant so it has not been determined whether an NDA Study is expected.

  • A publication that is not based on data related to the aims of the grant/project associated with the Collection or not based on any data such as a review article and, therefore, an NDA Study is not expected to be created.

  • PubMed provides citation information for biomedical and life sciences publications and is managed by the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine.

  • The PUBMed ID is the unique ID number for the publication as recorded in the PubMed database.  

  • A publication that is based on data related to the aims of the grant/project associated with the Collection and, therefore, an NDA Study is expected to be created.

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EEG

EEG stands for electroencencephalogram and is a test used to measure electrical activity in the brain.

Acquisition
The Acquisition parameters needed for an experiment include the following:

Name of the experiment is required. Please be concise and specific as possible.
Following experiment name, selection boxes are provided for the Equipment, Software, or other items specific to experiment type. At least one selection is required for each. If NDAR does not have the appropriate listing, select Add New to add the information provided. Following the selection boxes, provide additional information may be required depending on experiment type. Any required items are denoted by an asterisk (*).

Block/Event Design
At least one block/event is required. Note that any fields denoted with an asterisk (*) are required. All data must be devoid of personally identifiable data, including the contents of any files attached to the experiment.

Note: To simplify definition of multiple events, we provide an Import from XML function. This function supports importing data from all three experiment sections (Acquisition, Block/Event Design, and Post Processing), at this time files cannot be uploaded from XML A test format is provided here and our XML Schema Definition (xsd) can be found here.

Post Processing
If you have completed any post processing on your data, please choose 'Yes' for Has Postprocessing? If not, select 'No'. Depending on this selection the remaining post processing fields will be enabled (some of which will be required). If you are initially providing data you can select 'No', then return to the experiment to add post processing steps at a later date when the data are being provided.

Please provide information about post-processing manipulations, i.e. artifact detection algorithms, segmentation used for post data collection, items denoted with an asterisk (*) are required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Glossary

  • This button will add all selections to the Filter Cart. 

  • This button will allow you to copy all of the Experiment details as a template for a new experiment. 

  • Adds all data from the current selections in a Collection or NDA Study to the Filter Cart.

  • This button will allow you to return to the Experiments tab. 

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Collection - Data Expected

The Data Expected tab displays the list of all data that NDA expects to receive in association with the Collection as defined by the contributing researcher, as well as the dates for the expected initial upload of the data, and when it is first expected to be shared, or with the research community. Above the primary table of Data Expected, any publications determined to be relevant to the data within the Collection are also displayed - members of the contributing research group can use these to define NDA Studies, connecting those papers to underlying data in NDA.

The tab is used both as a reference for those accessing shared data, providing information on what is expected and when it will be shared, and as the primary tracking mechanism for contributing projects. It is used by both contributing primary researchers, secondary researchers, and NIH Program and Grants Management staff.

Contributing researchers just getting started on their project will need to define this list by adding all of the items they are collecting under their grant and setting their schedule according to the NDA Data Sharing Regimen. If you fall into this category, you can begin by clicking "add new Data Expected" and selecting which data structures you will be using, saving the page after each change, or requesting new structures by adding and naming a new item, providing any materials NDA Data Dictionary Curators can use to help define your structure. For more information see the tutorial on creating Data Expected.

If you are a contributing researcher creating this list for the first time, or making changes to the list as your project progress, please note the following:

  • Although items you add to the list and changes you make are displayed, they are not committed to the system until you Save the entire page using the "Save" button at the bottom of your screen. Please Save after every change to ensure none of your work is lost.
  • If you attempt to add a new structure, the title you provide must be unique - if another structure exists with the same name your change will fail.
  • Adding a new structure to this list is the only way to request the creation of a new Data Dictionary definition.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

  • An NDA Data Structure is comprised of multiple Data Elements to make up an electronic definition of an assessment, measure, questionnaire, etc will have a corresponding Data Structure.

  • The NDA Data Dictionary is comprised of electronic definitions known as Data Structures.

Glossary

  • Data specific to the primary aims of the research being conducted (e.g. outcome measures, other dependent variables, observations, laboratory results, analyzed images, volumetric data, etc.) including processed images.

  • Items listed on the Data Expected list in the Collection which may be an individual and discrete Data Structure, Data Structure Category, or Data Structure Group.

  • A defined organization and group of Data Elements to represent an electronic definition of a measure, assessment, questionnaire, or collection of data points.  Data structures that have been defined in the NDA Data Dictionary are available at https://ndar.nih.gov/data_dictionary.html. 

  • An NDA term describing the affiliation of a Data Structure to a Category, which may be disease/disorder or diagnosis related (Depression, ADHD, Psychosis), specific to data type (MRI, eye tracking, omics), or type of data (physical exam, IQ).

  • A Data Item listed on the Data Expected tab of a Collection that indicates a group of Data Structures (e.g., ADOS or SCID) for which data may be submitted instead of a specific Data Structure identified by version, module, edition, etc. For example, the ADOS Data Structure Category includes every ADOS Data Structure such as ADOS Module 1, ADOS Module 2, ADOS Module 1 - 2nd Edition, etc. The SCID Data Structure Group includes every SCID Data Structure such as SCID Mania, SCID V Mania, SCID PTSD, SCID-V Diagnosis, and more. 

  • A new Data Structure category, Evaluated Data is analyzed data resulting from the use of computational pipelines in the Cloud and can be uploaded directly back to a miNDAR database.  Evaluated Data is expected to be listed as a Data Item in the Collection's Data Expected Tab.

  • Imaging+ is an NDA term which encompasses all imaging related data including, but not limited to, images (DTI, MRI, PET, Structural, Spectroscopy, etc.) as well as neurosignal data (EEG, fMRI, MEG, EGG, eye tracking, etc.) and Evaluated Data.

  • Initial Submission and Initial Share dates should be populated according to the NDA Data Sharing Terms and Conditions. Any modifications to these will go through the approval processes outlined above. Data will be shared with authorized users upon publication (via an NDA Study) or 1-2 years after the grant end date specified on the first Notice of Award, as defined in the applicable Data Sharing Terms and Conditions.

  • Initial Submission and Initial Share dates should be populated according to these NDA Data Sharing Terms and Conditions. Any modifications to these will go through the approval processes outlined above. Data for all subjects is not expected on the Initial Submission Date and modifications may be made as necessary based on the project's conduct.

  • An NDA created Data Structure used to convey basic information about the subject such as demographics, pedigree (links family GUIDs), diagnosis/phenotype, and sample location that are critical to allow for easier querying of shared data.

  • The NDA has two Submission Cycles per year - January 15 and July 15.

  • An interface to notify NDA that data may not be submitted during the upcoming/current submission cycle.  

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Collection - Permissions Tab

Collection Owners, Program Officers, and users with Administrator privileges may view this tab.

The available permission groups include:

  • Query: This read-only access is generally for NIH Program Officers
  • Submission: This will grant read access and allow the user to upload data and create experiment definitions. This is for the typical contributing personnel member.
  • Administrator: In addition to the access provided to Query and Submission users, Admins can also edit the Collection itself, create or edit the Data Expected list, and edit user permissions. This access is for the PI, data managers, and anyone they wish to delegate this to.

The PI has a special designation as the Collection Owner in addition to administrator access.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Collection Owners and Admins may assign Collection Privileges to anyone.

  • Yes, you can assign various Privileges to other users with an NDA account.

  • If you are the Collection Owner or have Admin privileges, you can view and make changes to the list of individuals who have access to the Collection on the Collection's Permissions tab.  Information on users who have access to data Shared in your Collection because they were granted access to a Permission Group is not available.

  • Staff/collaborators who are working submitting data to the Collection, checking the quality of the data, and/or analyzing data should have access for the duration of the project until all data have been submitted, NDA Studies have been created for data used in publications, and/or a collaborative relationship with the user exists.  

  • The individual listed as an Investigator on the General tab of the NDA Collection will generally be able to provide a user access to the NDA Collection.  Additional users may also have this ability if granted Administrator access to an NDA Collection; however, these users are not viewable unless your account has access to the NDA Collection.  Given this, it is best to contact the Investigator to request access to the Collection.

  • Privileges that can be assigned to a user include:
    Submission allows a user to submit data to Collection
    Query allows the user to download data from Collection even when in a Private state
    Admin is both the Submission and Query Privilege + the ability to give privileges to other users.

  • You may have staff who are working on the submission of data or other activities associated with data sharing such as the definition of the Data Expected list or NDA Experiment creation.  Also, many projects have multiple performance sites and wish to share data among the site PIs.  Submitting to the NDA facilitates access by all investigators working on a project even before data have been shared with other users.  You can control who gets access to data while in a Private state.

Glossary

  • A privilege provided to a user associated with an NDA Collection or NDA Study whereby that user can perform a full range of actions including providing privileges to other users. 

  • Access to shared record-level data in NDA is provisioned at the level of a Permission Group. NDA Permission Groups consist of one or multiple NDA Collections that contain data with the same subject consents.

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Eye Tracking

EyeTracking tests follow the movement of the eye. The visual trajectory or focus can help determine predictions and assist in diagnoses. 

Acquisition
The Acquisition parameters needed for an experiment include the following:

The name of the experiment is required. Please be concise and specific as possible.
Following experiment name, selection boxes are provided for the Equipment, Software, or other items specific to the experiment type. At least one selection is required for each. If NDAR does not have the appropriate listing, select Add New to add the information provided. Following the selection boxes, provide additional information may be required depending on the experiment type. Any required items are denoted by an asterisk (*).

Block/Event Design
At least one block/event is required. Note that any fields denoted with an asterisk (*) are required. All data must be devoid of personally identifiable data, including the contents of any files attached to the experiment.

Note: To simplify the definition of multiple events, we provide an Import from XML function. This function supports importing data from all three experiment sections (Acquisition, Block/Event Design, and Post Processing), at this time files cannot be uploaded from XML A test format is provided here and our XML Schema Definition (xsd) can be found here.

Post Processing
If you have completed any post-processing on your data, please choose 'Yes' for Has Postprocessing? If not, select 'No'. Depending on this selection the remaining post-processing fields will be enabled (some of which will be required). If you are initially providing data you can select 'No', then return to the experiment to add post-processing steps at a later date when the data are being provided.

Please provide information about post-processing manipulations, i.e. artifact detection algorithms, segmentation used for post data collection, items denoted with an asterisk (*) are required.

Frequently Asked Questions

Glossary

  • This button will add all selections to the Filter Cart. 

  • This button will allow you to copy all of the Experiment details as a template for a new experiment. 

  • Adds all data from the current selections in a Collection or NDA Study to the Filter Cart.

  • This button will allow you to return to the Experiments tab. 

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Collection - Experiments Tab

The number of Experiments included is displayed in parentheses next to the tab name. You may download all experiments associated with the Collection via the Download button. You may view individual experiments by clicking the Experiment Name and add them to the Filter Cart via the Add to Cart button.

Collection Owners, Program Officers, and users with Submission or Administrative Privileges for the Collection may create or edit an Experiment.

Please note: The creation of an NDA Experiment does not necessarily mean that data collected, according to the defined Experiment, has been submitted or shared.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Yes -see the “Copy” button in the bottom left when viewing an experiment. There are two actions that can be performed via this button:

    1. Copy the experiment with intent for modifications.  
    2. Associate the experiment to the collection. No modifications can be made to the experiment.

     

Glossary

  • An Experiment must be Approved before data using the associated Experiment_ID may be uploaded.

  • The ID number automatically generated by NDA which must be included in the appropriate file when uploading data to link the Experiment Definition to the subject record.

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Omics

Omics is a collective group of technologies, related to a field of study in Biology such as Genomics or proteomics. 

Experiment Parameters

To define an Omics experiment, provide a meaningful name and select a single molecule. The standard molecules are listed. However, if you are doing proteomic or environmental experiments, simply “Add New” and the new selection will be created. Only one value for molecule is permitted.

Next the technology (box 2) associated with the molecule will be presented along with its application. Again, only one selection is possible. If you wish to see all of NDAR’s options for any one box, Select “Show All”.

Platform

Continue to select the Platform (box 3).

Extraction

Next, the Extraction Protocol (box 4) and Kits (box 5) are presented based upon the Molecule selected and the Processing Protocol (box 6) and Kits (box 7) are presented based upon the Molecule and Technology Application (Box 1 and 2)

Processing

Note that for each of these (boxes 4, 5, 6, and 7) multiple selections are possible.

Additional Information

Lastly, the Software (box 8) and Equipment (box 9) is expected.

 

Once saved, the experiment will be associated with the Collection and by using the returned Experiment_ID, the NDA makes it possible to associate the experiment meta data directly with the data from the experiment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Glossary

  • This button will add all selections to the Filter Cart. 

  • This button will allow you to copy all of the Experiment details as a template for a new experiment. 

  • Adds all data from the current selections in a Collection or NDA Study to the Filter Cart.

  • This button will allow you to return to the Experiments tab. 

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Filter Cart

Viewable at the top right of NDA pages, the Filter Cart is a temporary holder for filters and data they select. Filters are added to the Workspace first, before being submitted to The Filter Cart. Data selected by filters in the Filter Cart can be added to a Data Package or an NDA Study from the Data Packaging Page, by clicking the 'Create Data Package / Add Data to Study' button.

The filter cart supports combining multiple filters together, and depending on filter type will use "AND" or "OR"  when combining filters.

Multiple selections from the same filter type will result in those selections being applied with an ‘OR’ condition. For example, if you add an NDA Collection Filter with selections for both collections 2112 and 2563 to an empty Workspace, the subjects from NDA Collection 2112 ‘OR’ NDA Collection 2563 will be added to your Workspace even if a subject is in both NDA Collections. You can then add other NDA Collections to your Workspace which further extends the ‘OR’ condition.

If a different filter type is added to your Workspace, or a filter has already been submitted to the Filter Cart, the operation then performs a logical ‘AND’ operation. This means that given the subjects returned from the first filter, only those subjects that matched the first filter are returned by the second filter (i.e., subjects that satisfied both filters).

When combining other filters with the GUID filter, please note the GUID filter should be added last. Otherwise, preselected data may be lost. For example, a predefined filter from Featured Datasets may select a subset of data available for a subject. When combined with a GUID filter for the same subject, the filter cart will contain all data available from that subject, data structure, and dataset; this may be more data than was selected in the predefined filter for that subject. Again, you should add the GUID Filter as the last filter to your cart. This ensures 'AND' logic between filters and will limit results to the subjects, data structures, and datasets already included in your filter cart.

Note that only the subjects specific to your filter will be added to your Filter Cart and only on data shared with the research community. Other data for those same subjects may exist (i.e., within another NDA Collection, associated with a data structure that was not requested in the query, etc.). So, users should select ‘Find all Subjects Data’ to identify all data for those specific subjects. 

Additional Tips:

  • You may query the data without an account, but to gain access you will need to create an NDA user account and apply for access.  Most data access requires that you or your lab are sponsored by an NIH recognized institution with Federal Wide Assurance (FWA).  Without access, you will not be able to obtain individual-level data. 

    Once you have selected data of interest you can:
  • Create a data package - This allows you to specify format for access/download
  • Assign to Study Cohort - Associate the data to an NDA Study allowing for a DOI to be generated and the data to be linked directly to a finding, publication, or data release. 
  • Find All Subject Data - Depending on filter types being used, not all data associated with a subject will be selected.  Data may be restricted by data structure, NDA Collection, or outcome variables (e.g., NDA Study). ‘Find All Data’ expands the fliter criteria by replacing all filters in your Filter Cart with a single Query by GUID filter for all subjects selected by those filters.

    Please Note:
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1869RRAY fMRI ScanfMRI11/27/2021
1867Resting StatefMRI11/22/2021
1866MNA fMRIfMRI11/16/2021
1865Motion AftereffectsEye Tracking11/05/2021
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1862Face-Matching TaskfMRI11/03/2021
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1859PCR-free sequencingOmics10/29/2021
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1856PVDM, imaging sessionfMRI10/13/2021
1855PVDM, behavioral sessionEye Tracking10/13/2021
1854Cerebellar Dysfunction in Autism: resting state fMRIfMRI10/13/2021
1852snRNAseq_controls_DLPFC/sgACCOmics09/30/2021
1851Reappraisal Emotion Regulation Task - V2fMRI09/22/2021
1850Reappraisal Emotion Regulation Task - V1fMRI09/22/2021
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1848Stop-Signal Arrows - Randomization AfMRI09/22/2021
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1846NPU Threat Countdown Short - V1fMRI09/22/2021
1836Alcohol Cue ReactivityEEG09/02/2021
1835Doors Reward ParadigmEEG08/30/2021
1834Flanker ArrowsEEG08/30/2021
1833Transcriptomic data of Clozapine-treated Ngn2-induced Human Excitatory NeuronsOmics08/20/2021
1830Illumina Global Screening ArrayOmics08/02/2021
1829Single-cell multiome sequencing: ATAC-seqOmics07/26/2021
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1827scATACseqOmics07/26/2021
1826scRNAseqOmics07/26/2021
1825Fetal Resting-state fMRI Brain MasksfMRI07/23/2021
1824Apex of Cognitive ControlfMRI07/22/2021
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1822Presaccadic AttentionEye Tracking07/21/2021
1821templefMRI07/19/2021
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1814eeg_parvizi_160EEG07/16/2021
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1810InterlayerfMRI07/15/2021
1809Alpha, BOLD, experience, and expectancy during associative learningEEG07/14/2021
1808Alpha, BOLD, experience, and expectancy during associative learningfMRI07/14/2021
1807Correlating concurrent EEG/BOLD in occipital cortex while presenting Gabor patch steadily increasing in contrastEEG07/14/2021
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Inhibitory dysfunction in autism
Scott Murray 
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex disorder of brain development characterized by difficulties in social interaction, communication, and repetitive behaviors and is often accompanied by disruptions of sensory processing. One recent and potentially unifying neurobiological explanation posits that ASD is caused by disruptions in the excitatory/inhibitory (E/I) balance within the brain. Consistent with the E/I explanation, recent genetic and neuroscience research in animal models suggest that inhibitory neurotransmitter gamma- aminobutyric acid (GABA) signaling may be significantly disrupted in ASD. However, the role of GABA in ASD remains largely untested in humans. We propose to test the hypothesis that changes in cortical levels of GABA give rise to over- and under- responsiveness of neural circuits leading to key sensory and motor symptoms of ASD. Critically, GABA signaling is highly amenable to pharmacological treatment. Thus, understanding how GABA signaling is altered in ASD will open up new pharmacological treatment possibilities. We will use state- of-the-art magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) techniques to measure concentrations of GABA in adults with an ASD and neurotypical control subjects in visual, motor, and auditory cortices. We will use fMRI measures of evoked sensory and motor responses to characterize neural responsiveness in these regions along with clinical measures of sensory-sensitivity and motor-related symptoms. Finally, we will use fMRI to measure the strength of a well-established inhibitory neural circuit in the visual system: surround suppression. By elucidating the functioning of inhibitory signaling, our results will significantly advance understanding of the neurobiological causes of ASD.
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R01MH106520-01 Inhibitory dysfunction in autism 03/15/2015 02/28/2021 100 83 UNIVERSITY OF WASHINGTON $2,749,865.00

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416Contrast01/07/2016ApprovedfMRI
417Suppression01/07/2016ApprovedfMRI
418Summation01/07/2016ApprovedfMRI
419MT localizer01/07/2016ApprovedfMRI
420V1 localizer01/07/2016ApprovedfMRI
421V1 localizer - fixation01/07/2016ApprovedfMRI
422ftap01/07/2016ApprovedfMRI
934MT localizer periphery06/07/2018ApprovedfMRI
935Contrast periphery06/07/2018ApprovedfMRI
936V1 localizer periphery06/07/2018ApprovedfMRI
937MT localizer gratings movingDots06/07/2018ApprovedfMRI
938MT localizer dots movingDots06/07/2018ApprovedfMRI
939movingDots06/07/2018ApprovedfMRI
940V1 localizer movingDots06/07/2018ApprovedfMRI
941Meridians localizer06/07/2018ApprovedfMRI

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Autism Diagnostic Interview, Revised (ADI-R) Clinical Assessments 21
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition (ADOS-2) - Module 3 Clinical Assessments 2
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule, 2nd Edition (ADOS-2) - Module 4 Clinical Assessments 34
DAS-II: Differential Ability Scales 2nd Ed. School Age Clinical Assessments 2
Edinburgh Handedness Inventory Clinical Assessments 84
Image Imaging 67
Psychophysics Experiments Form Clinical Assessments 69
Repetitive Behavior Scale - Revised (RBS-R) Clinical Assessments 83
Research Subject Clinical Assessments 84
Sensory Profile Adult Clinical Assessments 81
Sensory Profile Caregiver Clinical Assessments 2
Spectroscopy Form Imaging 68
WASI-2 Clinical Assessments 81

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PubMed IDStudyTitleJournalAuthorsDateStatus
32694986Create StudyLate fMRI Response Components Are Altered in Autism Spectrum Disorder.Frontiers in human neuroscienceMurray, Scott O; Kolodny, Tamar; Schallmo, Michael-Paul; Gerdts, Jennifer; Bernier, Raphael AJanuary 2020Not Determined
32472088Create StudyWeaker neural suppression in autism.Nature communicationsSchallmo, Michael-Paul; Kolodny, Tamar; Kale, Alexander M; Millin, Rachel; Flevaris, Anastasia V; Edden, Richard A E; Gerdts, Jennifer; Bernier, Raphael A; Murray, Scott OMay 2020Not Determined
32297709Create StudyConcentrations of Cortical GABA and Glutamate in Young Adults With Autism Spectrum Disorder.Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism ResearchKolodny, Tamar; Schallmo, Michael-Paul; Gerdts, Jennifer; Edden, Richard A E; Bernier, Raphael A; Murray, Scott OJuly 2020Not Determined
32015023Create StudyResponse Dissociation in Hierarchical Cortical Circuits: a Unique Feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder.The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for NeuroscienceKolodny, Tamar; Schallmo, Michael-Paul; Gerdts, Jennifer; Bernier, Raphael A; Murray, Scott OMarch 11, 2020Relevant
30952163Create StudyThe time course of different surround suppression mechanisms.Journal of visionSchallmo MP, Kale AM, Murray SOApril 2019Not Determined
30362457Create StudyReduced auditory cortical adaptation in autism spectrum disorder.eLifeMillin, Rachel; Kolodny, Tamar; Flevaris, Anastasia V; Kale, Alexander M; Schallmo, Michael-Paul; Gerdts, Jennifer; Bernier, Raphael A; Murray, ScottOctober 2018Not Determined
30312807Create StudyGlutamatergic facilitation of neural responses in MT enhances motion perception in humans.NeuroImageSchallmo, Michael-Paul; Millin, Rachel; Kale, Alex M; Kolodny, Tamar; Edden, Richard A E; Bernier, Raphael A; Murray, Scott OJanuary 2019Not Determined
30122530Create StudySex Differences in Visual Motion Processing.Current biology : CBMurray, Scott O; Schallmo, Michael-Paul; Kolodny, Tamar; Millin, Rachel; Kale, Alex; Thomas, Philipp; Rammsayer, Thomas H; Troche, Stefan J; Bernier, Raphael A; Tadin, DujeSeptember 2018Relevant
29376822Create StudySuppression and facilitation of human neural responses.eLifeSchallmo, Michael-Paul; Kale, Alexander M; Millin, Rachel; Flevaris, Anastasia V; Brkanac, Zoran; Edden, Richard Ae; Bernier, Raphael A; Murray, Scott OJanuary 2018Not Determined

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PubMed IDStudyTitleJournalAuthorsDate
32015023Create StudyResponse Dissociation in Hierarchical Cortical Circuits: a Unique Feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder.The Journal of neuroscience : the official journal of the Society for NeuroscienceKolodny, Tamar; Schallmo, Michael-Paul; Gerdts, Jennifer; Bernier, Raphael A; Murray, Scott OMarch 11, 2020
30122530Create StudySex Differences in Visual Motion Processing.Current biology : CBMurray, Scott O; Schallmo, Michael-Paul; Kolodny, Tamar; Millin, Rachel; Kale, Alex; Thomas, Philipp; Rammsayer, Thomas H; Troche, Stefan J; Bernier, Raphael A; Tadin, DujeSeptember 2018

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5001/15/2016
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Examining the validity of the use of ratio IQs in psychological assessments IQ tests are amongst the most used psychological assessments, both in research and clinical settings. For participants who cannot complete IQ tests normed for their age, ratio IQ scores (RIQ) are routinely computed and used as a proxy of IQ, especially in large research databases to avoid missing data points. However, because it has never been scientifically validated, this practice is questionable. In the era of big data, it is important to examine the validity of this widely used practice. In this paper, we use the case of autism to examine the differences between standard full-scale IQ (FSIQ) and RIQ. Data was extracted from four databases in which ages, FSIQ scores and subtests raw scores were available for autistic participants between 2 and 17 years old. The IQ tests included were the MSEL (N=12033), DAS-II early years (N=1270), DAS-II school age (N=2848), WISC-IV (N=471) and WISC-V (N=129). RIQs were computed for each participant as well as the discrepancy (DSC) between RIQ and FSIQ. We performed two linear regressions to respectively assess the effect of FSIQ and of age on the DSC for each IQ test, followed by additional analyses comparing age subgroups as well as FSIQ subgroups on DSC. Participants at the extremes of the FSIQ distribution tended to have a greater DSC than participants with average FSIQ. Furthermore, age significantly predicted the DSC, with RIQ superior to FSIQ for younger participants while the opposite was found for older participants. These results question the validity of this widely used alternative scoring method, especially for individuals at the extremes of the normal distribution, with whom RIQs are most often employed.2/17423Secondary AnalysisPrivate
Controls for SCCRIPTo establish a well characterized cohort for pediatric patients living with sickle cell disease3/11185Secondary AnalysisPrivate
Characterizing Auditory Hyperreactivity in AutismObjective: To answer the following research questions: 1) What is the prevalence of auditory hyper-reactivity in ASD? 2) Does auditory hyper-reactivity severity change with age? and 3) What are the most common auditory stimuli reported to be bothersome? Research Design: Primarily descriptive secondary data analysis. Methods: Type of data: Questionnaire items regarding auditory hyper-reactivity will be filtered from: Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised, Sensory Profile (all forms), Sensory Over-Responsivity Scale, and Sensory Experiences Questionnaire in addition to demographics (i.e., age, race, ethnicity, diagnoses). Analysis Plan: Descriptive statistics, tables and figures will be used to summarize the prevalence and severity of auditory hyper-reactivity by age. Linear regression modeling will be used to evaluate changes in auditory hyper-reactivity by age. If data is available for control subjects, statistical analyses will be conducted for means comparison (ASD vs. non-ASD). 21/7001Secondary AnalysisPrivate
Investigating autism etiology and heterogeneity by decision tree algorithmAutism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder that causes deficits in cognition, communication and social skills. ASD, however, is a highly heterogeneous disorder. This heterogeneity has made identifying the etiology of ASD a particularly difficult challenge, as patients exhibit a wide spectrum of symptoms without any unifying genetic or environmental factors to account for the disorder. For better understanding of ASD, it is paramount to identify potential genetic and environmental risk factors that are comorbid with it. Identifying such factors is of great importance to determine potential causes for the disorder, and understand its heterogeneity. Existing large-scale datasets offer an opportunity for computer scientists to undertake this task by utilizing machine learning to reliably and efficiently obtain insight about potential ASD risk factors, which would in turn assist in guiding research in the field. In this study, decision tree algorithms were utilized to analyze related factors in datasets obtained from the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR) consisting of nearly 3000 individuals. We were able to identify 15 medical conditions that were highly associated with ASD diagnoses in patients; furthermore, we extended our analysis to the family medical history of patients and we report six potentially hereditary medical conditions associated with ASD. Associations reported had a 90% accuracy. Meanwhile, gender comparisons highlighted conditions that were unique to each gender and others that overlapped. Those findings were validated by the academic literature, thus opening the way for new directions for the use of decision tree algorithms to further understand the etiology of autism. 15/3382Secondary AnalysisShared
Brain-based sex differences in autism spectrum disorder across the lifespan: A systematic review of structural MRI, fMRI, and DTI findingsFemales with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been long overlooked in neuroscience research, but emerging evidence suggests they show distinct phenotypic trajectories and age-related brain differences. Sex-related biological factors (e.g., hormones, genes) may play a role in ASD etiology and have been shown to influence neurodevelopmental trajectories. Thus, a lifespan approach is warranted to understand brain-based sex differences in ASD. This systematic review on MRI-based sex differences in ASD was conducted to elucidate variations across the lifespan and inform biomarker discovery of ASD in females. We identified articles through two database searches. Fifty studies met criteria and underwent integrative review. We found that regions expressing replicable sex-by-diagnosis differences across studies overlapped with regions showing sex differences in neurotypical (NT) cohorts, in particular regions showing NT male>female volumes. Furthermore, studies investigating age-related brain differences across a broad age-span suggest distinct neurodevelopmental patterns in females with ASD. Qualitative comparison across youth and adult studies also supported this hypothesis. However, many studies collapsed across age, which may mask differences. Furthermore, accumulating evidence supports the female protective effect in ASD, although only one study examined brain circuits implicated in “protection.” When synthesized with the broader literature, brain-based sex differences in ASD may come from various sources, including genetic and endocrine processes involved in brain “masculinization” and “feminization” across early development, puberty, and other lifespan windows of hormonal transition. Furthermore, sex-related biology may interact with peripheral processes, in particular the stress axis and brain arousal system, to produce distinct neurodevelopmental patterns in males and females with ASD. Future research on neuroimaging-based sex differences in ASD would benefit from a lifespan approach in well-controlled and multivariate studies. Possible relationships between behavior, sex hormones, and brain development in ASD remain largely unexamined.1/759Secondary AnalysisShared
Gender differences in restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests in autismBackground: The female autism phenotype has been defined by differences in core autism spectrum disorder (ASD) symptomology related to reciprocal social communication and restricted and repetitive behaviors and interests (RRBI). Previous research on RRBI in ASD has found that affected boys have increased stereotyped and restricted behaviors compared to girls with ASD (Hiller, Young, & Weber, 2014; Mandy et al., 2012). Other domains of RRBI (i.e., self-injurious, compulsive, and insistence on sameness behaviors), which contribute to DSM-5 diagnosis, are less studied and have not been examined across gender. To date, no studies have examined gender differences using a comprehensive RRBI measure, which spans stereotyped, self-injurious, compulsive, insistence on sameness, and restricted behavior domains. Objectives: To investigate whether symptoms of RRBI (i.e., stereotyped, self-injurious, ritualistic, compulsive, insistence on sameness, and restricted behavior), as measured by item-level data on the Repetitive Behavior Scale-Revised (RBS-R), can classify males versus females with ASD. Methods: Participants included 615 youth with ASD (507 males; 82.4%), between 3 and 18 years of age (M=10.26, SD=4.20), who agreed to share data with the National Database for Autism Research (NDAR). A stepwise discriminant function analysis (DFA) was used to predict the degree RBS-R data could correctly classify gender in a large sample of individuals with ASD. Standardized canonical function coefficients (SCFC) from the DFA represent the contribution of each variable to the discrimination between groups, with greater SCFC indicating greater discrimination. Results: DFA results suggest that RBS-R items significantly differentiate girls versus boys with ASD, Wilks’ λ=0.89, χ2=70.79, p<0.001. Of note, gender was classified based on a set of 8 items (see table 1). Interestingly, the items that differentiated boys from girls did not solely consist of higher stereotyped and restricted behavior in boys (as indicated by negative SCFC scores). Half of the items that differentiated gender were higher in females with ASD (as indicated by positive SCFC scores) and from the self-injurious, compulsive, and insistence on sameness domains. This set of RBS-R items had greater success in correctly classifying boys with ASD (67.90%) than in correctly classifying affected girls (61.00%). Conclusions: This study extends findings of gender differences in RRBI for ASD, demonstrating that girls with ASD may demonstrate higher self-injurious, compulsive, and insistence on sameness behavior than affected boys. It is important for future research to disentangle whether these elevated rates of RRBI in girls with ASD are central to the female autism phenotype or an epiphenomenon of the high rates of co-occurring disorders (e.g., anxiety) noted in affected girls. 1/612Secondary AnalysisPrivate
Critical test items to differentiate individuals with SPCD from those with ASD and typical controlsSocial (pragmatic) communication disorder (SPCD) is a new category in the DSM-5. This study used IRT modelling to analyze archive data of item responses to the Social Communication Question-Lifetime (SCQ) from the National Database of Autism Research (NDAR), to select critical test items that could efficiently differentiate SPCD from ASD and TD. Methods: The SCQ records were downloaded from the NDAR. The item difficulty values and participants ability in the social communication and repetitive behavior and restricted interests were estimated through Winsteps. The items with difficulty values mostly matching the participants ability at the cut-off zones among three groups were selected. Result: The eight test items were identified for screening SPCD with 75% sensitivity. The specificity for differentiating SPCD from TD and ASD is 86.27% and 68.9% respectively. Conclusion: This study provides a short list of critical items that could be used to screen SPCD from TD and ASD. 5/151Secondary AnalysisPrivate
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