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Dr. Aparna Rao

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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.

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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