Tissue Bank

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The UI Biorepository acquires, stores, catalogues, and provides tissue and other biological samples for investigators at the University of Illinois. It was established in 2012 as a resource in the UI Hospital and Health Sciences System to augment clinical and translational research at UIC and improve the treatment and health of individuals.

Clinical-translational researchers may utilize this resource as a single facility for biospecimen preparation with a centralized freezer farm. They may also benefit from the ability to acquire biospecimens through PI-initiated protocols, the UIHHS “opt-in” program, or access to biosamples for unspecified future use.

Biorepository services include:
Whole blood processing
iPrep genomic DNA isolation
RNA isolation
PBMC isolation
Serum separation
Buffy coat isolation
Whole blood freezing
Collection and preparation of fresh tissue
Tissue sampling
Tissue processing

The UI Biorepository is a collaborative effort between UI Health, the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Center for Clinical and Translational Science, Research Resource Center and the UI Cancer Center. The CCTS provides support for the Biorepository through collaboration with its Biomedical Informatics Core and the Clinical Research Data Warehouse.