Do you need an online database to support your perinatal research studies? The Global Pregnancy Collaboration (CoLab) has created a standard pregnancy database available for online use by interested investigators in both low- and middle-income and in high-income countries.
COLLABORATION TO UNDERSTAND COMPLEX DISEASES: PREECLAMPSIA AND ADVERSE PREGNANCY OUTCOMES The strategy of intellectual collaboration has accelerated modern research and research success. Identified by Professor Robert Adams in 2013 as the Fourth Age of Research collaboration is evident through ever increasing numbers of international multicenter publications. These tend to provide positive benefits in terms of citation; indeed universities with a lower percentage of home grown papers have higher research incomes. The European Commission has placed collaboration at the heart of its research strategy and reported on the economic benefits. Emerging economies such as those of South America have also recognized the benefit of international collaboration. Much of the effort has been bottom up, that is, through researcher led collaborations, such as in the field of genetics, for example, genomics. Cancer, diabetes mellitus, and Alzheimer disease research have all benefited through extensive collaborative efforts.
WHAT IS THE GLOBAL PREGNANCY COLLABORATION (COLAB)? CoLab is a consortium of international investigative groups with data and biological samples from women prior to, during and in some cases, long after an adverse pregnancy outcome. These data and samples are in a membership-wide shared database and available to CoLab members and to investigators sponsored by CoLab members. We currently have members from over 35 centers with more than 300,000 pregnancies and we are growing! We believe the time has come in obstetrical research to pool research and intellectual resources to begin to address and answer questions that could not otherwise be answered by a single investigative group.
HOW TO COLLABORATE? Applicants with research interests relevant to CoLab (complications of pregnancy) may apply to collaborate with CoLab. Please note that to obtain samples and/or data from CoLab cohorts, you will need a member of CoLab to be your sponsor. We can help assist you in getting a sponsor. All CoLab projects are considered collaborations and you will work directly with CoLab members and cohorts to obtain data and/or biological samples for your project. However, you will work directly with the CoLab office thorough the application process, to give quarterly updates, and to work with a protocol committee regarding your project.
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Biobanks provide an important repository of samples for research purposes. However, for those samples to reflect the in vivo state, and for experimental reliability and reproducibility, careful attention to collection, processing and storage is essential.