Central Biorepository

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The Central Biorepository (CBR), a unit of the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research, facilitates discovery and improves healthcare outcomes by providing high-quality, highly annotated biospecimens donated for basic, clinical and translational research. We are an enterprise-wide resource, serving all members of the University of Michigan community.

Green play button5/19/20 UPDATE: The Central Biorepository (CBR) will transition from essential and COVID-19 research-related operations to regular business.  We will do so in conformance to guidance from University of Michigan Office of Research (Research Re-engagement) and the Medical School Office of Research (Medical School Research Reactivation Process).  An overview plan for the CBR reactivation can be found on our CBR Reactivation Plan webpage.

CLICK HERE for more details about the biorepository and CBR operations relative to the COVID-19 situation, or contact us at cbr.requests@umich.edu.

Updates regarding the latest news and developments on the COVID-19 situation will continue to be posted on the Medical School Office of Research website.

How We Serve Your Biobanking Needs

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Access Biospecimens

The Central Biorepository enables access to an array of sample types from participants enrolled in a variety of research studies.

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Contribute Biospecimens

With collection support and biostorage management, the Central Biorepository is a world-class enterprise resource for U-M researchers and beyond. 

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Laboratory Services

The Central Biorepository offers a variety of biospecimen processing services and creates sample collection kits in support of biomedical research programs. 

Featured Central Biorepository Spotlights

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Contact us at CBR.Requests@umich.edu or (734) 647-8809 

North Campus Research Complex, Building 60-1660, 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

A list of Central Biorepository contacts is available in the Personnel Directory