On January 1, 2018, Intermacs/Pedimacs became the fourth component of the Society of Thoracic Surgeons (STS) National Database. Intermacs has long been a valuable tool in the field of MCS research, providing statistical analyses and data that have led to over 80 publications since 2008. The stability provided by the STS platform will allow Intermacs to continue serving the MCS community in this capacity. STS leadership is currently working to align Intermacs research proposal review processes with those of the STS National Database and Research Center. All research proposals seeking to access Intermacs data will be processed through STS Research Center programs. Proposals should include a corresponding Principal Investigator, STS surgical representation, and representation from cardiology.

Investigators interested in performing their own analyses should place a request through the STS Research Center’s Participant User File (PUF) Program, an innovative research initiative designed to streamline and facilitate STS National Database participant-led research with analyses performed at investigators’ institutions. Investigators on approved PUF research projects must complete and sign the STS PUF Research Program Data Use Agreement (DUA) prior to the initiation of the project, as well as pay applicable fees outlined in Exhibit C of the DUA. To fully understand the STS PUF program, we ask that you review carefully the PUF program description (including rules and procedures) Read more about the PUF Program. If you have questions about the PUF Program, contact Robert H. Habib, Research Center Director, at Robert Habib.

Requests for analyses to be performed by the Intermacs Data Collection and Coordinating Center (DCCC) will be directed into the STS Access and Publications (A&P) Program. The details for this process are still being finalized. We are asking investigators interested in this path to hold submission of new proposals until we complete the new review process. For more information, contact Kristin Mathis, Research Center Coordinator.