NINDS Common Data Elements

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The NINDS strongly encourages researchers who receive funding from the Institute to ensure their data collection is compatible with these common data elements (CDEs).

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CDE Catalog

Users can search the Catalog to isolate a subset of the CDEs and to view and download details about the CDEs.

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The CRF Library contains the NINDS CRF Modules and various guidance documents that have been created through the  NINDS CDE Project.

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Form Builder

The Form Builder is intended to assist data managers and database developers to create data dictionaries for their study forms.