Researchers often have questions about biospecimen collections when designing a study. Some biobanking questions can be easily answered in a short conversation with someone with experience and knowledge in biobanking at UC Davis. Whether you’re designing a new study, starting a disease-specific biobank, or you’ve inherited a biospecimen collection, we are here to help.
The UC Davis Biorepositories Core Resource (BCR) is a shared service that develops and delivers educational, operational and research tools for researchers and biobankers who collect, store, or study biospecimens at UC Davis.
The BCR’s goal is to enhance the quality and reproducibility of biospecimen research promoting biobank education and adoption of “best practices” standards for new and existing biobanks at UC Davis.
The BCR will also serve as a cornerstone for continuous development and implementation of enterprise-wide biorepository related infrastructure. This infrastructure will facilitate the ability of UC Davis researchers to procure, process and utilize biospecimens in the most cost as well as time effective manner.
The BCR is developing multiple enterprise-wide tools to assist researchers.
Anyone (faculty, staff or students) can request a consultation to discuss their biospecimen or biorepository-related projects.
Once the Virtual Biospecimen Database (VBD) is developed and implemented, samples can be located from stored biospecimen inventories across UC Davis. The VBD will identify which biobanks may contain your identified samples. The requestor would contact the established biobanks to further clarify requests and ensure that investigators are in compliance with IRB regulations.