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Terms and Conditions of Use

Acceptance. By visiting, viewing, accessing or otherwise using any of the services or information created, collected, compiled or submitted to, you consent and expressly agree to the following legally binding Terms and Conditions of Use (the “Terms”). By viewing and using this website, you consent and acknowledge to these Terms with respect to the use of its website. Your use of said website shall serve as evidence of your acceptance of the binding nature of this agreement and the acceptance of the Terms. This website is maintained by Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) for VA research at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). By using this website, located at, or any services provided in connection with this website (the “Service”), you agree to abide by these Terms. Such Terms may be amended by PAVIR or VAPAHCS from time to time at their discretion.

Disclaimer. Views and opinions that appear on the website are intended but do not necessarily reflect the views of PAVIR or VAPAHCS. For binding VAPAHCS research guidance, please contact VA Research Administration. PAVIR does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes or services linked from or provided within this website. The website and the information, files, names, images, pictures, logos and icons contained therein are provided "as is" and on an "is available" basis without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind. In no event will PAVIR, VAPAHCS or any of their associated organizations accept liability for any damages, including, without limitation, indirect or consequential damages, or loss of profits, or any damages whatsoever arising out of or in connection with the use or loss of use of this site. PAVIR does not warrant that the service continuity of this website will be uninterrupted or error-free, nor that this site or the server that makes it available are free of viruses, bugs or defects.

Compliance with Intellectual Property Laws. When accessing the Clinical Research Hub website or using the Service, you agree to obey applicable VA rules and regulations as well as respect the intellectual property rights of others. Some of the posted information includes intellectual property that may belong to the VA or other parties. We remind all users to not share such information with outside parties. At no time shall you be able to sell, reproduce or distribute any of the website’s content. You agree to abide by laws regarding copyright ownership and use of intellectual property, and you shall be solely responsible for any violations of any relevant laws and for any infringements of third-party rights caused by any content that you provide or transmit, or that is provided or transmitted using your User ID. The burden of proving that any content does not violate any laws or third-party rights rests solely with you.

Links to Other Websites. The Clinical Research Hub website includes links to external websites. These links are for your convenience and to supplement content, such as links to federal agencies, partners, and organizations with which we have a formal relationship. The selection of external links is at the discretion of PAVIR and VAPAHCS, and does not imply endorsement of external organizations, their products and services. PAVIR does not guarantee the currency, accuracy, relevance, or completeness of information found on linked, external websites. We link to government information according to our linking policy, whether or not the other website links to us. We reserve the right to remove links to external websites that no longer meet our content needs.

Comment Policy. Where commenting is supported on the Clinical Research Hub website, we encourage you to share your thoughts as they relate to the topic being discussed. We review and post comments according to the policy below. We reserve the right to not post comments or to remove comments that are inconsistent with our policy, at our complete discretion. Comments that include the following will not be posted: vulgar, profane, or abusive language; personal attacks of any kind; inappropriate religious, sexual, political, or racial references; unsupported accusations; endorsements of commercial products, services, organizations, or other entities; endorsements of political parties, candidates, or groups; content that infringes on copyrights; solicitation of funds; comments on any ongoing investigation of any sort. In posting your comments or other work to the Clinical Research Hub website, you irrevocably grant PAVIR permission to copy, distribute, make derivatives, display, or perform your work publicly and free-of-charge. Remember that your posts are public. When posting, please do not include information (e.g., phone numbers or email addresses) in the text of your comment that personally identifies you in a way you do not intend. The views expressed in comments reflect those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the official views of PAVIR, VAPAHCS or the federal government.

Inappropriate Content. You agree not to upload, download, display, perform, transmit or otherwise distribute or make available any Content that: (a) is libelous, defamatory, obscene, pornographic, abusive, or threatening; (b) advocates or encourages conduct that could constitute a criminal offense, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any applicable local, state, national, or foreign law or regulation; or (c) advertises or otherwise solicits funds or is a solicitation for goods or services. PAVIR reserves the right to terminate your receipt, transmission, or other distribution of any such content using the Service, and, if applicable, to delete any such content from its servers. PAVIR intends to cooperate fully with any law enforcement officials or agencies in the investigation of any violation of these Terms and Conditions of Use or of any applicable laws.

Alleged Violations. PAVIR and VAPAHCS reserve the right to terminate your account or your access to this website immediately, with or without notice to you, and without liability to you, if the believe that you: (a) have violated any of the Terms and Conditions of Use; (b) furnished the Clinical Research Hub website with false or misleading information; or (c) interfered with the use of this website or the Service by others.

Privacy Policy

This website (CR Hub) is maintained by Palo Alto Veterans Institute for Research (PAVIR) for VA research at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS). The data stewardship principles guiding our privacy efforts include the following goals:

  • protection of Web user privacy
  • maintaining the confidentiality of Web user data
  • ensuring appropriate levels of security for Web user data

This policy describes how PAVIR applies these principles to the handling of personal information you provide to us via the CR Hub website. Personal information may include your name, email, home and/or business address, phone numbers or other information that identifies you personally.

Key features of our privacy policy include:

  • PAVIR does not collect personal information from Web users, unless the personal information is provided by you. A Limited Privacy Policy will apply in each case where you may provide personal information through our website.
  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will collect and use personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.
  • We will never sell or rent your personal information to outside parties.
  • This General Privacy Policy and each Limited Privacy Policy promotes the privacy, confidentiality, security, and responsible handling of any information collected by PAVIR on the CR Hub website.

Privacy Act Rights

PAVIR follows the requirements of the Privacy Act, which protects your personal information. The Privacy Act provides a number of protections for your personal information. We will not disclose your personal information to third parties without your consent.

Use of Cookies and Tracking Technologies

We use session cookies to help with the log-on and log-off process. Cookies enable us to recognize your log-on ID when you log on so that we do not create a duplicate registration record for you. We also use cookies to improve how you navigate through our website and conduct transactions. Session cookies are used to maintain your online session as you browse over several pages, or to store and enter information on a web page so that you do not have to reenter the same information, repetitively.

Information Sharing

We do not sell, rent, or otherwise provide your personal information to outside marketers. Information collected via CR Hub may be shared with PAVIR employees as necessary to respond to a request, provide a service, or as otherwise authorized by law

Links to Other Sites

This website provides access to other website outside our control and jurisdiction. When you link to these websites, you leave our website and your communications no longer are protected by our privacy policies. PAVIR is not responsible for the privacy practices or the content of non-CR Hub websites. We encourage you to review the privacy policy or terms and conditions of those sites to fully understand what information is collected and how it is used.

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