general, projects carried out by the BCLC proceed through a targeted call
for data by a center which is able to collate and analyze it. All participating
centers can send out a datacall to the BCLC-members.
A mailing list is available upon request from Peter Devilee for those interested
in sending out a datacall. The requested information usually consists of
genotypings of samples from families and/or tumors. In some cases, DNA
samples or tumor tissues are requested, so that the collecting center can
perform quality control and ensure consistent data acquisition. Contributing
data to any of the studies listed below will always be acknowledged in
any publication emanating from it, although the form with which this is
done can differ from paper to paper. Sometimes, 2 or 3 representatives
from each center are listed as co-authors, in other instances "The Breast
Cancer Linkage Consortium" is the only "author" and a table in the paper
lists all the participants and their affiliations involved in that study
(see, for example, the BCLC publication list).
The choice will depend on such factors as Journal requirements and individual
contribution to the total dataset.