Access U-M Weight Management Program Biospecimens

March 29, 2019
biofreezersThe Central Biorepository enables access to the hundreds of available Weight Management Program (WMP) biospecimens from Michigan Medicine patients and offers secure linkage to laboratory and clinical data offered by the Data Office.

The Weight Management Program at Michigan Medicine addresses a significant and pervasive health problem. It was created to identify strategies that result in cost-effective and long-term weight management for obese individuals.

Biospecimens available include DNA, frozen adipose biopsy, frozen muscle biopsy, plasma, serum, urine and urine derivatives, whole blood and RNA. The study has more than 1,300 participants and more than 48,000 biological samples available! Individuals enrolling in the WMP can opt into a translational research program where they undergo extensive biological and psychological phenotyping at baseline and at other intervals following weight loss in order to determine their metabolic and neuropsychosocial phenotype. This includes those who are:

  • Aged 20-70 years old
  • Lean men and women control group
  • Mildly to severely obese men and women

The Weight Management Program at Michigan Medicine is an active study of the Central Biorepository, a unit of the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research, which facilitates discovery and improves healthcare outcomes by providing high-quality, highly annotated biospecimens donated for basic, clinical and translational research.
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With IRB and oversight committee approval, datasets can be downloaded. Get more information about this contributing research program here!