TheMayo Clinic Biobank is an initiative that was launched in 2009 to enroll patients into a research data base regardless of their health history (no specific disease). This will become an integral component of Mayo’s Center for Individualized Medicine.
Mayo’s Biobank differs from most in that it not only collects blood or tissue samples for genomic studies, but it links that information to data from the participant’s medical record.
“We’re really excited about the opportunity to be involved in a project of this magnitude,” says Terri Pedace, Research Operations Supervisor at Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse. “The Biobank is a very rich resource that will enable researchers to access a large sampling of specimens. Participating patients will be contributing to scientific discoveries and the development of new therapies to manage difficult diseases.”
Starting this month, La Crosse and Onalaska patients will be invited to participate by a mailed invitation packet. Biobank staff will then schedule the blood draws at the designated clinic. Patients will be asked to provide blood samples, fill out a health questionnaire, and allow access to past and future medical records. There is no charge to the patient.
In Rochester, patients enthusiastically have participated in the Biobank and appreciated having the opportunity to possibly help improve the health of future generations. The current demand is to enroll 50,000 by 2016 including 5,000 from the Mayo Clinic Health System.
This data bank will be available to all Mayo Clinic researchers, including those in La Crosse, to use for various studies. This process also will allow researchers to access samples in the future without seeking new participants and consent for each project.
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