The Wayne State University Biospecimen Repository Core Facility

This core facility contains a collection of biological specimens including whole blood, serum, plasma, tissue, buccal swabs, urine, and saliva available upon request to Wayne State University researchers. The facility supports vital community and population-based research by ethical collection, processing, storage and ultimately allocation of high quality samples. Samples are collected in conjunction with ongoing research studies with specific patient consent and approval for future research. Each specimen is automatically assigned an anonymous barcoded and logged in the Biospecimen Management function (BSM) of OnCore. OnCore allows principal investigators to document in depth tracking and step by step movement of each biospecimen. BSM captures biospecimen information such as specimen description, acquisition and preparation procedures, specific specimen location, and special requests. Biospecimens are linked to registry data including demographic and disease information. All biospecimens are inspected for sample integrity upon arrival to the Integrative Biosciences Center from several collection sites before being categorized within BSM. Biospecimen freezers are connected to the main Integrative Bioscience Centers electrical and back-up electrical source and are monitored by the Smart-Vue wireless temperature monitoring system. Research Coordinators receive real time temperature change alerts.
  • The Michigan Neonatal Biobank ("Biobank"):
    The Biobank is a storage and management facility for the archive of dried blood spot cards. The Michigan Biotrust for Health was established by MDHHS to promote the research use of residual newborn screening dried blood spots while more optimally preserving the specimens, improving parental decision-making opportunities and increasing awareness in the general public.
  • Karmanos Cancer Institute Biobanking and Correlative Sciences Core (BCS):
    The objectives of the Biobanking and Correlative Sciences (BCS) Core are to make available expertise in the development and implementation of preclinical studies available to investigators, to facilitate the translation of novel therapeutics from bench to beside, and to perform pharmacodynamic endpoint studies for clinical trials.