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Common Data Elements (CDEs)

Research works better when we speak a common language

Our Mission:

To use Common Data Elements  (CDEs) to harmonize (or merge) language and variables across the preclinical neuroscience landscape.

What is a Common Data Element?


  • A Common Data Element (CDE) is a logical unit of data on one type of information, with specific and clear descriptors, a variable that is typically collected in a preclinical TBI experiment (e.g., species, sex, age, piston velocity, behavior test outcomes).

Why use

  • Common Data Elements standardize data and enable investigators to systematically collect, analyze, and share data across the research community

  • The use of CDEs facilitates research by improving:

    • Data collection

    • Data analysis

    • Data sharing

    • Usability in data repositories 




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