Review by Richard Lehman – 09/30/2019 – 10:30am

Data Request Number: 2019-3995 Is the scientific purpose of the research proposal clearly described?: Yes Will request create or materially enhance generalizable scientific and/or medical knowledge to inform science and public health?: Yes Can the proposed research be reasonably addressed using the requested data?: Yes, or it’s highly likely Please use this space to provide any comments, feedback or concerns (optional):

I have answered yes to the above questions and approved the application, but I am skeptical about some of the racial categories proposed. For example, Asian in most US studies implies Far East Asian, whereas in British studies it is often used to mean people from the Indian subcontinent, who are ethnically more related to Euopeans. Any differences found can only be extrapolated with great care and will need independent confirmation. 

Recommendation for this data request: Approve