Northwestern University Schizophrenia Data and Software Tool


Revised October 2014

Recipient (identified below) is requesting access to Northwestern University Schizophrenia Data and Software Tool for the purpose of scientific investigation, teaching or the planning of clinical research studies. Prior to accessing the NUSDAST data ("Data"), Recipient must agree to the following terms and conditions regarding its use:

  • Recipient acknowledges that it must also request data access on XNAT Central.
  • Recipient will receive access to de-identified Data which are to be used at Recipient’s own risk. The Data are provided "as is" and Northwestern University makes no warranties, express or implied, regarding the Data, its merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, its use by Recipient or any product or process based thereon.
  • Recipient will make no attempt to determine the identity of any individual who contributed to these Data.
  • Recipient will cite NUSDAST as the source of Data, and the NUSDAST funding source (1R01 MH084803) in the abstract as space allows.
  • Recipient will include appropriate acknowledgement of the source of the Data in any manuscripts or publications reporting its use in order to accurately acknowledge the contributions of NUSDAST personnel. Depending upon the length and focus of the article, it may be appropriate to include more or less than the example below, however, inclusion of some variation of the language shown below is mandatory:
    • "Data used in preparation of this article were obtained from the NU Schizophrenia Data and Software Tool (NUSDAST) database ( As such, the investigators within NUSDAST contributed to the design and implementation of NUSDAST and/or provided data but did not participate in analysis or writing of this report."
  • Recipient will acknowledge funding by NUSDAST in the support acknowledgement section of the manuscript using language similar to the following:
    • "Data collection and sharing for this project was funded by NIMH grant 1R01 MH084803."
  • Recipient agrees to provide a bibliographic citation of the final published presentation or article for inclusion in the NUSDAST literature archive. Recipient will send this information to
  • It is the policy of NUSDAST to make Data available to investigators as quickly as possible. However, data analysis for this project is expected to evolve as methods and procedures develop over time. Therefore, Recipient acknowledges that any Data downloaded by Recipient may be preliminary and that results may change as new methods of analysis are implemented. Recipient should ensure it is using the most recent Data available, prior to publication.
  • Recipient agrees that the Data should not be redistributed to third parties unless such third parties have agreed in writing to the terms and conditions contained herein prior to transfer.
  • Recipient understands that failure to abide by these terms and conditions will result in termination of its privileges to access NUSDAST Data.

By submitting this form, I confirm that I have read and agree to the data sharing terms and conditions.