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Online Biobanking Databases

 Biological Collection Access Service
 Registry of Biological Repositories

Establishing a Tissue Bank

Marshfield Clinic Research Foundation 
The Marshfield Medical Research Foundation has posted information concerning the structure of its biobank on the Personalized Medicine Research Project website.
New England Cell Repository 
New England Cell Repository, a division of New England Cryogenic Center, Inc., is a cell and tissue cryopreservation and storage company designed with the medical and research facility in mind. NECR/NECC is an AABB accredited, and FDA registered and compliant facility. This insures that vital cells and materials are received, stored, monitored, and handled to the highest standards.
The NUgene Project 
A repository of human DNA samples and associated medical information
RAND Corporation
Eiseman E, Bloom G, Brower J, et al. Case Studies of Existing Human Tissue Repositories: "Best Practices" for a Biospecimen Resource for the Genomic and Proteomic Era. RAND, 2003

Federal Guidance on Stored Tissue

NCI Cancer Diagnosis Program, Human Specimens for Research: Legal and Ethical Issues, (overview plus links to other resources such as the NCI model consent form for tissue banking and other guidance documents, federal regulations governing research with human subjects, etc.).
Human Tissue Repository Guidelines
NTIS National Technical Information Service
CDC - National Office of Public Health Genomics
(links to reports and publications related to genomics and public health, including articles on DNA banking for epidemiological studies)..
Office for Protection from Research Risks
Issues to Consider in the Research Use of Stored Data or Tissues
Population Genetics


Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, "Research Repositories, Databases, and the HIPAA Privacy Rule


American Society for Investigative Pathology
American Association of Blood Banks
The Spanish Association of Tissue Banks
Ambrose Monell Cryo Collection 
American Museum of Natural History
Database server for Arctic, Boreal, & North Pacific specimen-based research, University of Alaska Fairbanks Museum.
The Biobank Resource Centre (BRC)
Delivers tools and services for all types of researchers and biobankers.
The Biodiversity Database Manager created by Robert K. Colwell, University of Connecticut.
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Cooperative Breast Cancer Tissue Resource
GAPPS                                                                                                                                                  The Global Alliance to Prevent Prematurity and Stillbirth : access SOPs, data dictionary, and consent template here.
The Global Biodiversity Information Facility: international organization enabling universal access to biodiversity information via the Internet.
The Laboratory Robotics Interest Group: special interest group focused on laboratory automation.
Medical Automation
Research Center General info Contact: Apple T. Plotnick (434) 982-1628
Contact for Corporate or Conference sponsors: Dr. Robin Felder (434) 924-5151
Society for Laboratory Automation And Screening

Policy Statements

American Society of Human Genetics. Statement on informed consent for genetic research. Am J Hum Genet 59(1996):471-474
American College of Medical Genetics Storage of Genetics Materials Committee, Statement on Storage and Use of Genetic Materials, 1995

Specimen Network

The Australasian Biospecimen Network (ABN)
(ABN) is a professional organization established in 2002 to provide a forum to address technical, legal / ethical, and managerial issues relevant to human biospecimen repositories. It is composed of a variety of specialists involved in tissue banking for research purposes, including several who are members of ISBER (Lisa Devereux, Heather Thorne). In addition to this, we are currently developing a 'Tissue Specimen Locator' which will allow researchers to use a web-based search page to discover what tissue is available for their studies on a national level.
Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen)
The Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization focused on developing earlier diagnostic


Cryogenic Society of America
The Cryogenic Society of American (CSA) is a non-profit technical society serving all those interested in any phase of cryogenics, the art and science of achieving extremely low temperatures - almost absolute zero.
CSA is a full-time technical society and trade association concerned solely with cryogenics. CSA members work in space programs around the world in high energy physics, industry, research labs, astronomy, air separation and LNG industries, and academia.

Related Organizations

Asian Biological Resource Centre Network (ABRCN)
Biobanking and Biomecular Resources Research Infrastructure (BBMRI)
Common Access to Biological Resources and Information (CABRI)
European Association of Tissue Banks (EATB)
Genesys Gateway to Genetic Resources
Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
System-wide Genetic Resources Programme (SGRP)

Additional Literature Database Resources

The U.S. National Cancer Institute sponsors a Biospecimen Science literature database, the Biospecimen Research Database (BRD). The BRD houses expert scientific curations of more than 2000 published articles related to Biospecimen Science and is freely available to the public at:
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