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Biorepositories (or biobanks) store biological specimens such as blood, plasma and urine with valuable, de-identified clinical information from the patients or research participants who supplied the specimens. Similar to a library, researchers and physician-scientists can “check out” donated samples and correlating data for scientific study with the goal of understanding how genetics, lifestyle and environment interact to affect health. Understanding these risk factors on an individual and population level helps doctors treat or prevent diseases that can influence your health and the health of future generations.Learn More
Find resources for both current and prospective BioRepository patients including answers to frequently asked questions.
Learn more about BioRepository resources and services and apply to use the BioRepository.
What does the BioRepository do with patient samples? Here is just one example from a recent research project.
The COVID-19 pandemic has led us to ask questions about what human genes may predict the epidemiology and pathogenesis of COVID-19, including a better understanding of course and outcome. Cleveland Clinic will be providing 10,000 samples to the COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative to help study the role of genetics in the susceptibility, presentation and progression in patients infected with SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19).
For more information, visit the COVID-19 Host Genetics Initiative website.