Lorrie Allen and Lauren Baber of the ITOR Biorepository, located in the Greenville Health System, Greenville, South Carolina
“To be an international destination center that develops and delivers innovative, personalized cancer therapies”
The above is the vision statement of the Institute for Translational Oncology Research (ITOR) of the Greenville Health System (GHS) of South Carolina, USA. To meet that vision, the institute requires a biorepository that works closely with both clinical and research departments. A biorepository may have valuable samples, perhaps the most valuable collection of rare and hard to acquire samples in the world. However, unless they are properly and fully annotated, those samples cannot be used to their maximum potential. An annotated, searchable, powerful database can provide rapid, invaluable molecular data for research and therapeutic uses.
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A new survey reveals that 68% of patients are willing to donate tissue and fluid samples to biorepositories. The way researchers frame the request for a donation, however, absolutely matters. The aforementioned patients are eager to donate when they are asked — simply and without any details — whether they would like to. Additional information about how exactly the tissue will be used can color patients' decision, and sometimes even change their minds altogether.
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If you work in the biomedical field, you should already know the importance of proper sample management in your lab. Your research center deals with high volumes of biological data that are crucial to the lives of many, and it’s imperative that no corners are cut in making sure your sample tracking is streamlined and effective.
The mind-boggling number of tissue samples in U.S. biobanks should give you an idea of how easy it could be to lose track of important information. America had about 300 million tissue samples in biorepositories over 15 years ago, and with that number increasing by an estimated 20 million a year, you can do the math and see that the odds are not in your favor.
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Sample tracking and freezer inventory solutions provider to host the 2015 Freezerworks Training Camp
Mountlake Terrace, WA — Freezerworks will hold its popular Training Camps this October to familiarize its customers with all aspects of configuring and operating its sample management, tracking and freezer inventory program. This will be the first Training Camp to include the new features of the Freezerworks 2015 upgrade.
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Biobanking is the practice of collecting biological and medical data for research purpose; in fact, more than 50% of biobanks identify their reason for existence as research on a specific disease. The popularity of biobanking has exploded in the last 15 years or so, and there is a genuine need for it. Although the number of tissue samples in U.S. biobanks has been increasing by about 20 million since the year 2000, almost half the cancer researchers asked in a recent survey said they had trouble finding samples of acceptable quality for their research.
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Biobanking, though 17% of facilities have been around for more than a decade, is just now starting to get recognition. Much of their research has been used in studies which have become big steps forward for the medical community. However, in many cases the people reading the study have no idea what biobanks are, or how biobank software works. So we’ve put together a basic guide of the whats, whys, and hows to help you out!
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While many people have likely heard the term “biobanking,” they likely have little to no idea what it actually means. Biobanks often come up in discussions of new studies or research findings, but there isn’t much information on what they are. Biobanks are facilities located nationwide, which focus on various kinds of research. They boasted an impressive 300 million tissue samples at the turn of the century, and that number has grown exponentially since then. Sample tracking provides an easy way to catalog samples based on age, race, and gender, among many other divisions.
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Due to the promise and success of biobanking and translational medicine, millions of people with a variety of conditions will someday be able to access better treatments that will improve their prognoses and quality of life. However, a smaller but prevalent number may be unable to experience these benefits due to reactions or resistance to certain drugs. Because of this, the Mayo Clinic is collaborating with Baylor College of Medicine to study 10,000 of the donors in their freezer inventory to check for these potential problems. Researchers plan to sequence the DNA of these patients for 69 different genes that can influence metabolization and reactions to different medicines, a project that could improve both treatment protocols and biorepository management.
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As of January 1, 2014, there were nearly 14.5 million living children and adults with a history of cancer around the world, demonstrating the importance of finding effective treatments for this devastating condition. To discover potential therapies, oncologists and researchers often turn to translational medicine, which “translates” new findings into effective medical decisions and approaches. This tactic usually relies on biobanking facilities, and for good reason: in 2000, the number of tissues samples in American biobanks alone was estimated at 300 million, and has since increased by 20 million a year. However, in 2011, as many as 329 cancer researchers reported that they were having trouble finding samples of sufficient quality.
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Of the many different clinical innovations that have been made over the course of the past few decades, biobanking is perhaps one of the most instrumental and fastest-growing. This key implement in the field of translational medicine is steadily becoming more popular: nearly two-thirds of biobanking facilities were established in the last 10 years, and American biobanks alone are estimated to contain more than 500 million tissue samples. As this technique grows in regard, researchers have begun using its methods, as well as new laboratory management software, to study different conditions and diseases that might not originally have viewed as applicable. One example of this is a new study from health care company Kaiser Permanente, which plans to gather genetic material from 5,000 member families to study autism spectrum disorders.
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