Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study

Opportunities for New Investigators

Opportunities in ARIC for New Investigators

ARIC is a prospective cardiovascular epidemiological study of four communities that began in the mid-1980s. It includes (1) a cohort of 15792 initially middle-aged adults followed for cardiovascular outcomes and other incident endpoints and (2) community-wide surveillance of CHD and heart failure to describe time trends in incidence, severity, and medical care for these conditions.

New investigators are invited to become involved, by

  • Proposing a paper in collaboration with an ARIC investigator (“Publications” tab—“Policies and Forms”)
  • Proposing a paper using publicly available data, if you prefer to work independently (via https://biolincc.nhlbi.nih.gov/studies/aric/) (see also “Obtaining Data” tab)
  • Proposing an ancillary study (“Ancillary Studies” tab)\

Note: If you decide to use BioLINCC/publicly available data, the data sets you will receive have a 3 year lag and some data has modifications (such as removal of extreme values).

To find out about ARIC, see these topics

  • About ARIC -> Study Design
  • Cohort -> Cohort Description, Visits 1-4, AFU Versions A-M
  • Community Surveillance -> Surveillance Description
  • Search the Directory for Investigator Expertise
  • Study Organization -> Working Groups
  • Publications -> Published Manuscripts, Published Abstracts and Presentations

Four general caveats

  • ARIC already has over 1,000 publications and 1800 manuscript proposals; thus, be sure you have a new idea.
  • Stored samples that might be used for ancillary studies are limited in volume and number, and therefore ancillary studies involving samples require extra consideration.
  • Ancillary studies that involve participant burden or contact also warrant extra scrutiny.
  • Outside funding is needed for ancillary studies and for more than simple coordinating center help.

Getting started

Besides reviewing the above resources, ARIC suggests that potential new investigators first contact a member of the steering committee to discuss their ideas. This will save time by clarifying the feasibility of the ideas and, for manuscripts, whether the topic has already been proposed. (Note: claimed but unpublished manuscript topics are accessible only via ARIC investigators in the secure area of the website.)