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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.