What is a Biobank?

A biobank is a collection of tissue samples that are stored for long periods of times for future use in research studies.

Donors voluntarily decide to take part in a biobank, usually because they or their family members have a disease or condition they want researched, so a cure or new treatments for that disease can be developed. Usually, people who donate to a biobank also fill out a questionnaire, which allows researchers who eventually use those samples to know something about the person it came from. 

Biobanks are an important way in which ordinary people, as well as patients, can become involved with medical research. By donating biological samples and specimens, participants can help accelerate research studies and find treatments for diseases.

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If you would like more information about donating a sample to the CDC Research Foundation biobank, please contact us.