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Vivli celebrates publication of 200th public disclosure

Vivli celebrates 200 public disclosures

Vivli is delighted to announce publication of the 200th public disclosure resulting from the research team’s work with data from the Vivli platform. 

Rebecca Li, the Chief Executive Officer of Vivli, congratulates all the research teams who have utilized data from the Vivli platform to advance health research through the re-use of valuable clinical trial data. She also acknowledges the organizations, individuals, and thousands of trial participants who have generously shared their data, making this milestone possible.

The Vivli repository houses data from nearly 7,000 trials,  representing the contributions of 1.8 million clinical trial participants. On average, Vivli public disclosures are cited approximately 2.2 times per publication and appear in a wide range of highly-ranked academic journals. 

For more information about how to share and re-use data on the Vivli platform, please visit our Resources page.



Vivli Senior Advisor speaks at CDISC 2023 Japan Interchange Program

Vivli Data Request Process

Vivli Senior Advisor Azusa Tsukida spoke at Clinical Data Interchange Standards Consortium (CDISC) 2023 Japan Interchange Program on July 10.

Tsukida presented during the session on ‘Real World Data & Regulatory Presentations/Perspectives’. Her talk focused on the benefits of data sharing, using case studies from data contributors who are sharing high-quality data via the Vivli platform to enable access to researchers worldwide and contribute to scientific discovery.

CDISC works to develop and advance data standards to support transforming incompatible formats, inconsistent methodologies, and diverse perspectives into a coherent framework for generating clinical research data that is accessible, interoperable, and reusable. More than 80% of the data available in Vivli is formatted in the CDISC-SDTM standard.

Find out more about how you can request data from Vivli’s repository and help accelerate the progress of health research.

Vivli Researcher Spotlight: Dr. Fasihul Khan on the potential for biomarkers to predict outcomes for people with pulmonary fibrosis

Fasihul Khan, M.D., Ph.D., is a consultant at Glenfield Hospital, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS UK. Dr. Khan’s team submitted a research proposal to access Vivli to conduct analysis relevant to their topic, “A systematic review and individual patient data meta-analysis of physiological biomarkers in idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis”. The team’s completed research has been presented to the research community at conferences and in publications including American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. He sat down with Vivli to tell us more about accessing individual participant data to advance his research, and the potential for biomarkers to predict outcomes for people with pulmonary fibrosis.

Please tell us more about your research – what led you to want to research this particular topic?

So my area of interest is pulmonary fibrosis, which is a condition causing scarring of the lungs. Pulmonary fibrosis is a relatively rare condition, and therefore the number of studies in this area are limited, although expanding rapidly.  I was keen to synthesize some of the existing information that was already available. I wanted to perform a systematic review, specifically looking to see whether there are blood biomarkers that can predict outcomes in patients with diagnosed pulmonary fibrosis. When I started searching the literature, it very quickly became apparent that there were several published studies, but actually the data and the way the studies were reported were very heterogeneous.  Individually the studies yielded inconsistent results, utilized data-dependent thresholds, and frequently did not adjust for confounders. Therefore, I sought individual participant data which helped overcome these limitations and enabled robust data analyses to be performed leading to reliable conclusions. 

Could you talk about what it was like to work across multiple data-sharing platforms; how did you handle that?

This was not straightforward! I created summary estimates from each study separately on the different platforms in Vivli and in CSDR, then imported them manually onto my own database. I then used additional software to pool the summary estimates. Having the data all  in one place would have saved me a lot of time and stress!

Not a lot of researchers have the perseverance to do what you did. What advice would you give to researchers before they start off? Things you wish you’d known before you started?

I think it’s important to consider the project as a whole. It is highly likely the process will take much longer than you think, and that’s not necessarily any individual or organization’s fault. You need to have a clear understanding with contingency plans for each stage, and give yourself plenty of time! Be clear about your research question, and whether individual participant data are likely to improve your research, before committing to the additional effort. Speak to others who have been through the process of acquiring individual participant data, and your institution to understand timescales for data sharing agreements as these are likely to be time consuming and potential limiting factors. 

Once you were able to access the individual patient data, were you able to get past the reporting limitations and find what you needed? 

Absolutely; once we had the raw data, we were able to perform our analysis and produce some very meaningful results, which we have  subsequently published in two journals. The first was a blood biomarker paper in the European Respiratory Journal which was the first blood biomarker study in pulmonary fibrosis to utilize this approach, and provides robust estimates of the association between matrix-metalloproteinase 7 and disease progression.

The second paper was published in the American Journal of Respiratory Critical Care Medicine. In this paper, we looked at change in FVC which is a lung function measurement used to assess progression in pulmonary fibrosis. All interventional clinical trials measure FVC as an endpoint – typically at 12 months, but patients have additional FVC measurements at baseline, 3, and 6 months. The purpose of our research was to evaluate whether short term changes in FVC i.e. over three-months, are associated with overall mortality. In other words, can we shorten clinical trials by finding an earlier signal than the 12 months FVC change that is currently accepted by regulators. Since the association between short term FVC change and mortality was not reported in any clinical study, we needed the individual participant data to model this association. Indeed, we were able to find that three-month FVC change is associated with mortality, and perhaps more importantly a treatment effect could be observed between treatment and placebo arms at three-months. The findings of this study have been well received by the research community, and have already been adopted into the design of an adaptive trial in IPF. Lots of hard work, but worth it as the results are likely to generate further research which ultimately will hopefully impact patients in a positive manner!  



Vivli CEO Rebecca Li to Speak at FAIR Data Symposium at BIO-IT World Conference and Expo

Vivli’s CEO, Rebecca Li, will speak at the FAIR Data Symposium as part of the Bio-IT World Conference and Expo on May 16.

Li will discuss how to apply FAIR principles to the access of data from completed clinical trials, including using the appropriate technical and governance infrastructure. Platform architecture must include clear, computable metadata to facilitate findability and interoperability. Her talk will focus on Vivli as a use case and cover:

1) Principles that guided Vivli’s unique design choices as a FAIR trial data sharing platform

2) How Vivli balances the rights and interests of study participants and investigators with the needs of data requesters and the societal benefit of greater data sharing.

3) How Vivli has evolved with the needs of the ecosystem over time.

Learn more here.

Vivli is hiring a Clinical Research Manager

VIVLI, the Center for Global Clinical Research is seeking a Clinical Research Manager.

Vivli is a mission-focused non-profit and to help manage our continued growth, we are looking for a seasoned clinical research manager to join the operations team. The operations team supports researchers seeking to access datasets from contributors and provides support for data contributors.

Location: Remote, with a preference for East Coast or European working hours.

Responsibilities will include but not limited to:
• Manage day-to-day data request review process for specific requests.
• Work closely with Vivli end users to ensure success of the use of the platform
• Vivli platform QA
• Support the Vivli resource library.
• Lead in on-boarding new members
• Perform other duties when requested

Qualifications:
• Minimum 5 years prior experience managing data transparency processes, either at an existing repository, platform or as a data contributor
• 2-3 years experience with vendor management
• Experience in supporting researcher and/or data contributors in fulfilling data requests
• Understanding of clinical trials processes and/or clinical data management preferred
• Excellent written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills
• Prior experience with process improvement a plus
• Computer proficiency in MS Office, Excel, PowerPoint, Sharepoint, Dropbox etc.
• Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
• Ability to manage projects and resources
• Bachelor’s degree in the health profession, science, IT or business field

To apply, send a cover letter and CV to hr@vivli.org.

Vivli Board names Rebecca Li CEO

Vivli announced that its Board of Directors has promoted Rebecca Li to the position of CEO. Li previously held the position of Executive Director and has been with the Vivli since its founding when it launched as a project from the MRCT Center of the Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard.

“Rebecca has overseen the extraordinary growth of Vivli from the start and we are excited that she will continue to lead Vivli through the next phase of growth as we aim to go even further in our mission to make clinical trial available for research. She has demonstrated herself to be an exceptional team leader and strategic thinker with a clear vision for how we will develop globally in the coming years,” said Dr. Michael Stebbins, Vivli’s Board Chair.

“I am privileged to lead Vivli and envision further expanding our successful platform technology into Europe and Asia as we enter our next phase of innovation and growth” said Dr. Rebecca Li.

Vivli was founded in 2018 as a non-profit organization that is currently the largest individual participant-level (IPD) data sharing platform focused on sharing clinical trial data serving the international research community.

 

Share NIH-Funded Data

Guidance for researchers on preparing a DMSP and sharing NIH-funded data

The NIH has updated its policies on data management and sharing (DMS). Effective January 25, 2023, the NIH DMS policy applies to most research funding by the NIH, and requires all applicants planning to generate scientific data to prepare a DMS Plan (DMSP) that describes how they will manage and share data. An effective DMSP requires thoughtful planning, preparation, and execution. We’ve compiled information and resources here to support every step of the process.

How to prepare a DMSP

The DMSP is a set of principles and guidelines that outline requirements for sharing data generated by NIH-funded research. It includes six major elements:

  1. A description of the data type
  2. Related tools, software, and/or code
  3. Common data standard that will be applied to the data
  4. Information about data preservation, access, and associated timelines
  5. Factors affecting access, distribution, or reuse of data
  6. Overview of how compliance with plans for management and sharing will be managed

The DMSP should also include information about direct costs required to support the activities outlined in the Plan.

Vivli has a step-by-step guide to understanding each of these elements and items to consider when developing a DMSP. We also have a customizable DMSP exemplary language available for download and adaptation, which includes sample text as well as guidance on preparing and submitting a budget as part of the DMSP.

Fill out the form below to access all the DMSP Guidance provided by Vivli.

    What best describes your current role?

    Do you plan to include Vivli in any future data management plans?

    How to choose the right repository to share your data

    To enable the implementation of the updated DMS policy, NIH has supported the establishment of the Generalist Repository Ecosystem Initiative (GREI). GREI is a collaboration of seven established generalist repositories who are working together to develop consistent standards and processes to facilitate sharing and reuse of data from NIH-funded studies. As part of preparing a DMSP, researchers will have the opportunity to review repository options and choose the one that best aligns with their needs. Vivli is part of the GREI initiative. The Vivli platform is the only GREI repository that focuses on sharing completed clinical research data at the individual participant level. To assist in considering these options, NIH has prepared guidance on selecting a data repository.

    Once your grant is approved – what next?

    How to submit studies to Vivli for data sharing

    If you’ve decided that Vivli is the right repository for your study data, great! We’ve developed a straightforward and efficient submission process, and we’ve got detailed guidance on how to submit your data and a checklist when you’re ready to begin the process to share your data.

    ResourceDescription
    Vivli Study Submission GuideHow to submit studies for sharing via the Vivli platformDownload PDF
    Study Submission ChecklistA checklist of all information needed for the submission of a studyDownload

    Further questions?

    Email Vivli at support@vivli.org and we will be delighted to assist you.

     

    Public Disclosures

    These tables provide details of approved research proposals that have published or presented their results.

    Projects at Vivli

    Vivli works with many partners and funders to further its vision to advance human health through clinical research data sharing, to respect and honor the contributions of clinical research participants.