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 four seasons of collection, ~450 participants have been enrolled at sites on the East Coast, Upper Midwest, and Bay Area California. Detailed clinical information and testing data are collected to better characterize the samples. 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.
The biobank is accepting applications for samples.
Currently, samples from the first 3 years of collection (~270) are available to investigators through an application process. Samples collected in 2017 will be available in Spring 2018.
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. Currently 12 investigators have been approved to receive samples.
For more information, please contact Liz Horn, PhD, MBI, Principal Investigator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.