Jackson Heart Study Vanguard Centers

JHS | Vanguard Centers

Vanguard Collaborative Centers offer an additional mechanism for sharing Jackson Heart Study (JHS) data to foster collaborations and increase scientific productivity. JHS Vanguard Centers will enhance the scientific productivity of the JHS by participating in and contributing to JHS collaborations in the development of manuscript and ancillary study proposals and manuscripts.   VC Package Live Session

Vanguard Centers

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Benefits of JHS Vanguard Centers

  • The VC will receive a JHS Data Package from the JHS Coordinating Center, please see the JHS Vanguard Center Package Contents document for the latest package description.
  • The VC with experience in analysis of genetic data and with approved access to JHS dbGap data may request access to genetic data on JHS participants who have provided consent for such collaborations.
  • The Coordinating Center will assist in answering queries from the VC regarding the JHS data.

JHS Vanguard Center Eligibility Criteria


Each JHS Vanguard Center is expected to be affiliated with a biomedical/public health research institution.

To apply to become a JHS Vanguard Centeran institution must fulfill the following eligibility criteria:


  • Have an investigator willing to serve aPI for the Vanguard Center  and assume responsibility for overseeing security of the JHS data received;
  • Have a data curator to serve as the primary contact for receipt of JHS Vanguard Center data updates and manage JHS datasets for Vanguard Center Investigators.
  • Have additional investigators at the same institution willing and able to collaborate on manuscript and ancillary study proposals and on manuscripts and ancillary studies of cardiovascular diseases among JHS participants.

    Each JHS Vanguard Center is expected to:

    • Provide its own internal administrative support.
    • Participate in reviews of: 2 or more manuscript proposals; 2 or more ancillary  study proposals per year; and 2 or more penultimate manuscripts as requested by the JHS Publications and Presentations Subcommittee (PPS) and the Ancillary Studies Subcommittee (ANSS).
    • Submit at least 2 manuscripts per year to the PPS initiateby the Vanguard Center and involving JHS data.
    • Submit a semi-annual progress report online on: (1) status of manuscript proposals,ancillary study proposals and active or penultimate manuscripts initiated by the Vanguard Center; and (2) lists of reviews completed for manuscript proposals, ancillary study proposals and penultimate manuscripts.
    • Work with JHS to improve the JHS Vanguard Center program and experience for others.

    For more information about vanguard centers, send query to jhsccrc@umc.edu.