The BWH/Harvard Cohorts Biorepository Core manages over 3.2 million biological specimens collected from over 200,000 participants in several large cohort studies. The Core prepares and ships over 60,000 biospecimens annually to collaborating laboratories for analyses evaluating the relationship between biomarkers and chronic disease risk.
Biospecimens collected from each of these cohorts are being actively utilized in epidemiologic research studies of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes, among others. The biospecimens from these cohorts are richly enhanced by up to 30 years of health-related behaviors and medical histories, making them a unique and invaluable research resource.
Sample types stored in the biorepository include plasma, white blood cells, red blood cells, whole blood, urine, DNA, toenails, hair, stool, and saliva.
These samples are an extremely valuable, but finite, resource; thus much effort is put forth to ensure high quality, efficient specimen handling. The goal of the Biorepository is to maximize use of samples in a cost-effective, ethical, state of the art manner.
Executive Director: Shelley Tworoger
Scientific Director: Sherilyn Sawyer
Senior Laboratory Manager: Janine Neville-Golden
Location of Core:
Location of Freezer Farms:
Biospecimens: Provision of biospecimens from the Channing Cohorts including Nurses’ Health Study, Nurses’ Health Study II, Health Professionals Follow up Study, Physician’s Health Study, and Growing Up Today Studies, for approved scientific research projects
Collections: Specialized collection management, including the development of approaches, materials and management for recruitment, shipping, receiving, processing and storage of population level biospecimens
Consultation: Biobanking consultation, including the provision of management and operational level expertise for biobank and biospecimen collection enterprises within the epidemiologic research community
***Additional Shipping and Integration Charges may apply***
For more information about our core, our biospecimen access policy, or our services please contact us at: Cohorts.Biorepository@channing.harvard.edu
Channing Division of Network Medicine: http://brighamandwomens.org/research/depts/medicine/channing/default.aspx