For researchers

The Nurses' Health Studies have a proud history of successful collaborations with investigators outside of the Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health community.

We welcome new collaborations and strive to make establishing them as simple and transparent as possible. Limits are not placed on scientific questions or methods, and there is no requirement for co-authorship.   

Investigators interested in collaborations are invited to fill out a simple form that asks about the details of the collaboration. Every two weeks, new collaboration requests are reviewed based on feasibility; the vast majority of requests are approved.

For more information about the archived data collected from the Nurses' Health Studies, please visit the Nurses' Health Studies questionnaires archive.

For more information about accessing biospecimens from the Nurses' Health Studies, please visit the BWH/Harvard Cohorts Biorepository website.

Use of NHS questionnaires

The questionnaires on this website are protected by copyright. All rights are reserved. The content and design of these questionnaires may not be used in any way for commercial purposes without permission. In general, use of the questions for scientific research is allowed. Please cite the webpage with the questionnaire in the published research.

If you intend to use the food frequency questionnaire to collect dietary data that will be processed by our group, please do not use copies from this website; you must obtain forms that can be scanned. For more information, please visit the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health's Nutrition Department's download site.

Communicating and acknowledging funding

Researchers using the NHS and NHSII data are required to acknowledge the grant support received by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) listed below, as appropriate, in all publications (including research publications, press releases, other publications or documents about research that is funded by NIH) with a disclaimer "The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health." 

 

NHS

Description

When to cite?

UM1 CA186107

NHS infrastructure grant. Should be cited in ALL papers that used NHS data.

P01 CA87969

NHS program project grant that funds cancer research.

Should be cited in papers that used NHS cancer endpoints.

R01 CA49449

NHS blood grant. Funded collection of 1st and 2nd blood and urine samples and funds component of blood lab.

Should be cited in papers that used NHS blood or urine samples.

R01 HL034594

NHS cardiovascular grant. Funds documentation of fatal and non-fatal CHD.

Should be cited in papers that used NHS cardiovascular endpoints.

R01 HL088521

NHS stroke grant. Funds documentation of all strokes.

Should be cited in papers that used NHS stroke endpoints.

NHSII

 

 

UM1 CA176726

NHSII cohort infrastructure grant.

Should be cited in ALL papers that used NHSII data.

R01 CA67262

NHSII blood grant. Funded collection of blood and urine samples and funds component of blood lab. Should be cited in papers that used NHSII blood or urine samples.