Opportunities for New Investigators

The Hispanic Community Health Study / Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL) is a multi-center epidemiologic study in Hispanic/Latino populations to determine the role of acculturation in the prevalence and development of disease, and to identify risk factors playing a protective or harmful role in Hispanics/Latinos. It includes a baseline cohort of over 16,400 persons of Hispanic/Latino origin, recruited through four Field Center affiliated with San Diego State University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Albert Einstein College of Medicine in the Bronx area of New York, and the University of Miami. The study is sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and six other institutes, centers, and offices of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) contributed to the first phase of the project.

To find out about HCHS/SOL, see these topics

• “About the Study”—“Study Overview”

• “Collaborating with HCHS/SOL" -- "Publications Information”

• “Collaborating with HCHS/SOL" -- "Ancillary Studies”

New investigators are invited to become involved, by

• Proposing a paper in collaboration with an existing HCHS/SOL investigator who will facilitate your becoming an “Affiliated Investigator” and getting access to submit Proposals for Manuscripts (To do this, go to “About the Study”—“Publications Information” and complete 9 & 9b)

• Investigators requiring funded effort to complete a paper are invited to submit an Ancillary Study proposal (Go to “About the Study”—“Ancillary Studies”)

• Process without involvement of HCHS/SOL investigators is also possible, if you prefer to work independently using publicly available data (https://biolincc.nhlbi.nih.gov/home/)

General caveats

• 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, HCHS/SOL suggests that potential new investigators first contact a member of the steering committee or the lead person of one of our Scientic Interest Groups 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 (Note: claimed but unpublished manuscript topics/titles are accessible on the website  --> Publications --> Manuscripts in Progress.)


If you have questions about the process or website, please feel free to send an email to HCHSAdministration@unc.edu