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Within the KUMC community, the repository works with specific groups to increase the patient population and variation of samples within the bank. For sample collection projects outside of KUMC sites please see our collaborations page

Early Detection Screening Project

As a member of the Early Detection Research Network ( EDRN), the repository launched the Early Detection Screening Project. In partnership with the Department of Breast Imaging and Department of Radiology at the KU Cancer Center Westwood campus the project began in April 2013. This groundbreaking project encourages healthy, cancer-free women receiving a screening mammogram to donate 3-4 tablespoons of blood annually. Currently >4,000 women are participating in the project. Women interested in the project may call 913-588-4765 to speak with research member about the project or email  BRCF@kumc.edu. Patients may also call 913-588-1227 to schedule a mammogram. 

Blood and Marrow Transplant Project 

The repository currently works with our valued partners in the Heme/BMT groups to collect active disease specimens in hematological cancer patients and healthy donors. Establishing a rich source of well annotated bone marrow aspirate and blood samples from patients with leukemia and lymphoma cultivates an innovative environment for hematological cancer research.

Clinical Proteomics Tumor Analysis Consortium

The Clinical Proteomics Tumor Analysis Consortium, or CPTAC, project is a comprehensive and coordinated effort of the National Institutes of Health (NCI) to accelerate the understanding of the molecular basis of cancer. The repository has been participating in this project since 2017 at both the Main Hospital and Indian Creek campuses. The repository collects high quality tissue and blood samples from qualifying cancer types to participate in the project. To learn more about the CPTAC program please contact Emily Coolbaugh, Lead Research Coordinator for the BRCF, ecoolbaugh@kumc.edu or feel free to visit the CPTAC website.

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Brain Bank

Dr. Larry Carver currently maintains the brain bank to support psychiatric translational research in the Kansas City area. The repository works with Dr. Carver and his team to house samples for the bank. Please contact Dr. Carver at 913-588-6493 if interested in obtaining brain samples. 

Biospecimen Repository

University of Kansas Medical Center
Biospecimen Repository Core Facility
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Wahl Hall West, G001
Kansas City KS 66160
913-588-4765
BRCF@kumc.edu