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Dr. Aparna Rao is a research scientist experienced in tumor immunology, cell biology and genetics. She is also a biobank manager overseeing collection, processing and inventorying of 250+ brain tumor specimens for the adult brain tumor bank at the University of Pittsburgh.

The Pharma Proteomics Project: UK Biobank Collaborating with Biopharma Consortium to Study Plasma Proteome

UK Biobank, one of the world’s largest and most comprehensive biomedical databases and research resources, announced that a consortium of ten biopharmaceutical companies. According to UK Biobank, the Pharma Proteomics Project will be one of the world’s largest studies...

Using Biobank Data to Estimate Genetic Variants Associated with Mortality in COVID-19 Patients

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a highly infectious disease caused by the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2)1. The severity of COVID-19 and course of the infection is highly heterogenous. The majority of COVID-19 cases only have mild or...

Establishing A Pediatric COVID-19 Biorepository

The global pandemic of COVID-19, caused by the highly infectious and transmissible coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, has become a leading cause of death in older adults. The risk of severe disease and death has been highest in older patients and in...

Interview with Dr Alison Parry-Jones, Operations Director of Wales Cancer Bank

For this article, Biobanking.com interviewed Alison Parry-Jones (BSc, MA, PhD, MRSC), the Operations Director of the Wales Cancer Bank (WCB). She is responsible for the day to day running of the biobank and is based at the University Hospital...

Interview with Dr. Robert Hewitt, Biosample Hub

The pharmaceutical industry has the infrastructural and financial resources to bring novel drugs and vaccines into the clinic. It would greatly help expedite their timeline if they had access to biobanks at academic institutes, in order to better understand...

Innate Immunity in ALS: A Biobank to Provide Answers

ALS – Pathology, Morbidity, Mortality Stats Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, is adebilitating condition that affects voluntary muscle movements such as walking, talking and breathing. The disease destroys nerve cells in the brain and the...

Colorectal Cancer: A Biobank of Patient-derived Xenografts

According to GLOBOCAN 2018 data, colorectal cancer (CRC) is the third most deadly and fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in the world. There were nearly 2 million new cases and about 1 million deaths in 2018. The incidence of...
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Biobank Versus Biorepository: What’s in a Name?

Large-scale analysis of study populations may help develop a deeper understanding of the multi-factorial basis of disease and may form the basis for advancement in prevention, diagnosis and  treatment. Biorepositories (or biobanks) are mostly tissue banks that collect and...

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