Indiana Biobank

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The Indiana Biobank and COVID-19

The Indiana Biobank is centralizing COVID-19 related sample banking for the IU School of Medicine. Through its infrastructure, the Indiana Biobank is providing a resource supporting sample collection and banking to researchers who are leading the way in developing diagnostic tools and treatments for COVID-19. The Indiana Biobank’s collection protocol allows for the collection of a variety of de-identified samples, linked to the electronic medical record, which can be distributed for broad research use to approved researchers. Please contact Brooke Patz, bpatz@iu.edu or 317-278-5939, for additional information.

The Indiana Biobank has de-identified biological samples and linked clinical data available from people who are COVID-19+, suspected COVID-19+ and recovered individuals. There is a charge for samples to cover the cost of the collection. Pilot funding is also being offered to support COVID-19 related research utilizing Indiana Biobank samples. Please submit your proposal via this application link and a staff member will respond to you quickly with the next steps. Submission deadline: Open

The Indiana Biobank was established in July 2010 to create a “bank” of biological samples that are linked to participants’ electronic medical information.

The medical information includes over 8,000 variables encompassing clinical, laboratory and outcomes data. Collected samples and medical information are made available to scientists performing research that may ultimately improve the health of Hoosiers. The initial goal is to enroll 50,000 individuals in the Indiana Biobank. Over 14,000 individuals have already participated in the Indiana Biobank.

The Indiana Biobank is a part of the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI). The CTSI is a statewide collaboration of scientists at Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, as well as public and private partnerships. One of the goals of the CTSI is to help translate scientific discoveries made in the laboratory into new treatments for patients in Indiana and throughout the world.

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Types of Research Questions

The biological samples and electronic medical information are ideal for genomic studies critical to the development of personalized medicine.
The types of research questions that could be addressed using biobank samples and data would include:

  • Pharmacogenetics: Can drug response or adverse events be predicted based on DNA genotype?
  • Disease risk: Can an individual’s risk for disease be predicted based on DNA genotype?
  • Disease progression: Can an individual’s disease progression be predicted based on DNA genotype?

Indiana Biobank News and Updates

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IU School of Medicine assistant professor leads the call for recovered COVID-19 blood donations after contracting disease himself

Indiana University School of Medicine is asking all Indiana residents who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood for research, designed to improve testing, develop treatments and better understand the Read More
Posted on May 5, 2020
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Indiana Biobank is the central repository for all IU COVID-19 related research samples

The Indiana University Institutional Review Board (IRB) has recommended the Indiana Biobank serve as the centralized collection and storage repository for all COVID-19 related sample banking taking place at IU Read More
Posted on April 15, 2020
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