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The Family Blood Pressure Program (FBPP) is a large multi-center genetic study of high blood pressure and related conditions in multiple ethnic groups. The program in turn consists of four multi-center Networks: GenNet, GENOA, HyperGEN and SAPPHIRe. The FBPP has been funded since 1995 by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI, an institute of the National Institutes of Health). The Division of Biostatistics at Washington University School of Medicine serves as the Program Data Center (PDC) for the FBPP.

Certain core variables have been standardized across the four Networks (e.g., Blood Pressure measured with Dinamap and anonymous marker genotyping by the Mammalian Genotyping Service (MGS) in Marshfield) so as to increase the sample size of the pooled data. Pooling data across the four Networks and facilitating the use of the pooled data sets are functions of the PDC.

The FBPP is making this unique data base available in increments to all investigators interested in hypertension and/or cardiovascular research. These data are freely available for research purposes. Biological materials as well as complete data are also available for collaborative research. If interested in requesting data and/or materials, click on the "FBPP Data and Materials" link below.

The FBPP participated in an Ontology Project with NHLBI and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to catalog the FBPP's variables in the caDSR. The caDSR is an online repository hosting a variety of information about registered projects, including variables that are used in the FBPP. Each variable is stored as one Common Data Element (or CDE) that describes the variable’s meaning, text, and allowable values and/or limits. Please see the NCICB website for more information on the caDSR. If you would like to see a listing of the FBPP’s CDEs, click here. On the left side of that page, expand ‘NHLBI’ and then expand ‘Classifications’ to find the FBPP.

For more information on this study, contact the PDC at biostat-fbpp-pdcDescription: Q:\pub_html\images\ Password protected web pages are for the exclusive use of FBPP investigators and are highlighted in red italics. (FBPP investigators needing a password should contact the PDC).

FBPP Data and Materials

(For Non-FBPP Investigators)


FBPP Publications
and Directory

FBPP Business

Sponsored by FBPP Program Data Center, Washington University in St. Louis