C-BIG Repository: The Largest Biorepository of Neurological Disorders Launched

The Neuro (Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital) launched the Clinical Biospecimen Imaging and Genetic (C-BIG) Repository, one of the largest biorepositories of neurological disorders in the world, as an open-access resource for the global scientific community. The C-BIG Repository includes biological samples and clinical, imaging, and genetics data from 3,000 de-identified participants. In alignment with Open Science […]

A COVID-19 Autopsy Cohort and Biobank

COVID-19, caused by SARS-CoV-2, can result in acute respiratory distress syndrome and multiple organ failure, but little is known about its pathophysiology. Read this paper that describes the development of a large cross-body COVID-19 autopsy biobank of 420 autopsy specimens spanning 11 organs. These specimens are used to generate a single-cell atlas of lung, kidney, […]

New Biobank Provides Insights into Parkinson’s Disease

An estimated 20,000 Swedes suffer from Parkinson’s disease, and 2000 new cases are added every year. In the early stages of the disease, the patient’s mobility is most affected. In later stages, patients can have problems such as sleep disorders, worry, low mood, depression, and dementia. The treatments currently available only address symptom alleviation, mainly […]

Victorian Government Funds New COVID-19 biobank at Doherty Institute

A biobank will be established at the Doherty Institute thanks to $5 million from the Victorian Government, enabling scientists to understand better the immune response and long-term effects of COVID-19 vaccines. The Victorian COVID-19 Vaccinees Collection – or VC2 will collect samples from participants before and after they are vaccinated. University of Melbourne Professor Sharon Lewin, […]

Dog Brain Bank for Aging Research

The aging process and the emergence of neurological pathologies span many years in humans. Yet, it is challenging to investigate the initial steps of aging and neurodegenerative processes because most donors of brain samples who exhibit no symptoms are not diagnosed at the early stages of the disease due to the lack of effective screening. […]

Virtual Brain Bank Could Help Us Get the Most Out of Brain Donation

Brain removal logistics are often complex and costly for brain donor programs, relying on in-kind support from funeral directors, clinicians, and mortuary staff. After tissue harvesting, brains require specialist processing expertise and large storage areas, resulting in increased labor and space costs. The timing and finality of brain removal can also impact the collection of longitudinal […]

Ethics Guidance for Biobanking in Low and Middle Income Countries During COVID-19

Biobanking has the potential to make valuable contributions to health research through the collection, storage, and sharing of human samples and data for research purposes. During the COVID-19 pandemic, storing samples for future research is a public health imperative. There are, however, several ethical concerns. These include the unspecified future use of biosamples and possible […]

Mayo Clinic to Expand Biorepository

As genetic testing becomes more and more part of standard medical care and research, the need for space to handle and store patient samples is also growing. To address this issue, Mayo Clinic is addressing with an $11.6 million expansion of its John W. Marvin Building at 2915 Valleyhigh Dr. NW. The expansion will add 39,000 square feet of […]