Penn State Neuroscience Biorepository Advances Research on Neurological Diseases

Penn State College of Medicine researchers are collaborating to collect, store and distribute biological specimens to advance neuroscience research. Founded in 2016, the Penn State Neuroscience Biorepository has collected more than 1,000 biological samples from consenting patients, including 170 patients diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive, uncurable disease and the focal point of research at Penn State Neuroscience Institute.

There are four types of biological samples collected at the biorepository from a highly diverse patient population: tissue, cerebral spinal fluid (CSF), mouth swabs and removed medical device samples. These specimens are available for use by investigators through a specific protocol approval process, and de-identified data is then released through an honest broker system.

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