UConn Health and The Jackson Laboratory Partners to Build Endometriosis Biorepository

Connecticut is poised to become a hub for endometriosis research and innovation following the unanimous passage of House Bill 6672, “An Act Concerning Endometriosis,” which creates a first-of-its-kind endometriosis data and biorepository program to bring greater awareness, action and care options to those suffering from the condition.

Endometriosis is a chronic, debilitating disease that causes pain and infertility, and is the leading cause of hysterectomies among individuals of reproductive age. While it affects 200 million female-born individuals worldwide, including 6.5 million in the United States and one out of 10 female-born people in Connecticut, much about the disease is still unknown.

The program will operate through a partnership between UConn Health and The Jackson Laboratory, an independent, nonprofit biomedical research organization. The biorepository at the core of the program will enable the collection and combination of surgical, clinical, and biological information from endometriosis patients statewide. It will foster basic research and clinical collaborations designed to help understand the disease and catalyze the advancement of new diagnostics, treatments, and cures for patients.

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