The Statistical and Data Management Center (SDMC) is responsible for providing statistical leadership and facilitating all aspects of data collection, data management, and data analysis for MTN studies. The SDMC manages the MTN study databases and guides Protocol Teams on both the statistical components of study design and operational aspects of study data collection and analyses. Statistical Center for HIV/AIDS Research & Prevention (SCHARP) at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington, is the SDMC for the MTN. A representative from the SDMC serves on the EC, the Biomedical Science Working Group (BSWG), the Behavioral Research Working Group (BRWG), and the Manuscript Review Committee (MRC). The SDMC convenes and chairs the Study Monitoring Committee (SMC).
Working closely with the MTN CORE, the SDMC plays an important role in the development of well-designed protocols with appropriate study designs, ensures quality data is collected and analyzed appropriately, tracks adverse event data and laboratory specimen information, prepares reports, and contributes to manuscript preparation. Additionally, the SDMC assists the CORE with protocol implementation and study site training.