College of Medicine Biobank Accredited by College of American Pathologists

The College of Medicine’s Institute for Personalized Medicine Biobank received accreditation for its exceptional storage, tracking and maintenance of samples from a national organization renowned for their quality assurance standards. The biorepository at the Institute for Personalized Medicine joins more than 8,000 facilities worldwide to be accredited by the College of American Pathologists, the world’s largest body of […]

Creation and Maintenance of a Living Biobank at University of Rostock

In light of the growing knowledge about the inter-individual properties and heterogeneity of cancers, the emerging field of personalized medicine requires a platform for preclinical research. Over recent years, the University of Rostock has established a biobank of colorectal and pancreatic cancers comprising of primary tumor tissue, normal tissue, sera, isolated peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBL), […]

Identification, Biobanking, and Large-Scale Production of SARS-CoV-2-Specific Memory T Lymphocytes From COVID19 Convalescent Donors

The new SARS-CoV-2 emerged as a worldwide pandemic in late 2019. It is causing an infectious disease known as COVID-19, with a wide and diverse range of symptoms. In most infected patients, the virus causes mild symptoms including fever and cough. In some cases, however, the virus causes life-threatening disease. The symptoms include pneumonia, dyspnea, […]

Estonian Biobank’s Study on Mental Health Genetics

Nearly every second individual is affected by a mental health problem in their lifetime, but the exact mechanisms causing these problems remain unclear. To bring more clarity to the field of mental health, the Estonian Biobank at the University of Tartu has launched a large study, which is unique in the world. The results of […]

Le Bonheur Biorespository and UTHSC BIG to Sequence 25,000 DNA Specimens

As research into genetic causes of disease began to grow, Le Bonheur Pediatrician-in- Chief Jon McCullers, MD, knew it was time to start building a pediatric DNA biorepository. So in 2015, Le Bonheur’s Children’s Foundation Research Institute (CFRI) created the Biorepository and Integrative Genomics (BIG) Initiative and began collecting DNA samples from hospitalized children at […]

Vet Help Sought for EGS Biobank

Vets across the UK are being asked to help develop a national equine grass sickness (EGS) sample biobank and database. The Moredun Foundation Equine Grass Sickness Fund has launched a three-year fellowship to help develop multidisciplinary approaches to EGS research. More than 100 years after the disease was first characterized in working farm horses, the […]

Genome Biobank to Revive North American Bison Population

The University of Saskatchewan has been awarded $6.76 million from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to help conserve bison and other threatened animal species and address challenges facing the beef cattle industry, including antimicrobial resistance which poses a global threat to animals and humans. The wide-ranging research program, made possible through the CFI Innovation Fund, […]

NIH will invest $1 billion to investigate ‘long COVID’

The United States has announced that it will spend big on research into ‘long COVID’ — the long-lasting health effects of a SARS-CoV-2 infection. The National Institutes of Health will fund researchers to track people’s recovery and will host a biospecimen bank. Symptoms of long COVID are wide-ranging and include fatigue, fevers, and shortness of breath, as well […]

Yale IMPACT Team Compiles COVID-19 Biorepository

As the coronavirus first started to spread across the globe last March, Yale experts came together to build a biorepository — or library — of COVID-19 patient samples. Their goal was to provide researchers across the University with access to the human material needed to unveil the mysteries of what, at the time, was an […]

Rutgers Researcher Andrew Brooks Dead at 51

A research professor at Rutgers University who developed the first saliva test for the coronavirus has unexpectedly died on Jan. 23, the college said. As the chief operating officer and director of technology development at RUCDR Infinite Biologics, Brooks led the effort to develop the COVID-19 saliva test. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy honored Brooks during a […]