U-M investigators can use the self-serve tool DataDirect to identify biospecimens of interest based on demographic, clinical, sample, and other parameters relevant to their particular research study. Researchers may also coordinate directly with the primary investigator to select samples.
For most biospecimens, interested researchers submit a Use Proposal Form to the Central Biorepository for review by the appropriate Steering Committee.
For access to biospecimens or data collected as part of the Michigan Genomics Initiative, please fill out a custom data request form on the Data Office for Clinical and Translational Research webpage.
The Central Biorepository also serves as the custodian for biospecimens obtained through clinical biobank networks that have their own access procedures:
- For chronic kidney disease samples, visit the George M. Obrien Kidney Translational Core Center or the Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network for more information.
- Breast cancer TMAs are available through the Breast Oncology Program. Contact Dafydd Thomas for more information.
Watch the video to see the full process for accessing biospecimens in our short video, or view our inventory and contributing research programs:
Questions about how to get started? Check out the UMMS Biorepository Registration Decision Tree and view our special video below.
VIDEO: How the UMMS Central Biorepository Can Benefit Your Research