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Background

Biorepositories are increasingly important resources for furthering scientific research and knowledge. The Lyme Disease Biobank is a collection of human biological samples to facilitate research in the field of Lyme disease and other tick-borne infections.

Lyme Disease Biobank

This multiyear initiative launched in 2014 with a pilot study in an endemic area, collecting whole blood and serum samples from individuals with suspected acute Lyme disease and unaffected individuals (controls). Through three seasons of collection, ~250 participants have been enrolled at three sites (East Hampton, NY, Martha’s Vineyard, MA, Marshfield, WI). Each participant’s donation provides samples for ~50 research projects, with aliquots of whole blood (1 and 2 ml), serum (250 μl), and urine (1 ml). Several larger aliquots (5 ml) are also available. Detailed clinical information is also gathered to better characterize the disease.

The biobank is accepting applications for samples.

Currently, samples from the first 2 years of collection (~120) are available to investigators through an application process. Samples collected in 2016 will be available in Spring 2017.

Sign up for information about the application process.

This initiative, sponsored by Bay Area Lyme Foundation, will be expanded to include additional patient and sample types, and collection sites in endemic regions. Through the availability of samples with well-characterized clinical information, investigators will have new tools to advance the study of Lyme disease and other other tick-borne infections.

Contact

For more information, please contact Liz Horn, PhD, MBI, Principal Investigator, at  info@lymebiobank.org.