Frequently Asked Questions

I have a project idea. How do I learn whether it is feasible using UPDB?

We recommend scheduling a meeting with the faculty and staff to discuss the proposed project. It is also important to submit your idea.


Can I see if there are UPDB data available and the likely number of subjects for my study?

The Data Overview page contains basic information about the types of data sets and variables available for researchers. We also have an online query tool (UPDB Limited) that you can use to obtain preliminary information about your likely sample size. Additional questions should be directed to the UPDB staff.


How do I gain access to UPDB data?

You will need to prepare a proposal that summarizes the science and data requested. UPDB faculty and staff will help in this process. Your proposal will be reviewed by the Resource for Genetic and Epidemiologic Research (RGE) and the Institutional Review Board (IRB).

You will also need to work with the UPDB Navigator to review the required steps to obtain human subjects approval.


How long does it take from submitting the proposal to receiving approved UPDB data?

This will generally take 2-5 months, depending on the specific details of the project. Other regulatory bodies may be involved for some requested data, which may add time to the process.


Are there fees for obtaining UPDB data?

Yes, these fees are summarized on the Services and Fees page.


What do I need for the initial consultation?

Have a set of draft aims prepared for the first meeting. Any information, including preliminary data, to explain your project and the science that motivates it will be very helpful.

Contact Us

Utah Population Database Director
Karen Curtin, PhD, MStat
karen.curtin@hsc.utah.edu
801-585-5320

Utah Population Database Director, Research and Science
Diana Lane Reed, CCRP, Masters Certificate in Gerontology
diana.lane@hci.utah.edu
801-581-7596

Governance

HCI Senior Director of Population Sciences
Tracy Onega, PhD, MS

Faculty Advisory Committee Chair
Jen Doherty, PhD, MS

Faculty Advisory Committee Members
Diana Brixner, PhD
Steven Guthery, MD
William Lowrance, MD, MPH
Barry Nangle, PhD
Andrew Post, MD, PhD
Erin Rothwell, PhD
Katharine Ullman, PhD
Michael Varner, MD