UH CRC Develops COVID-19 Biorepository to Facilitate Research
July 27, 2020
By Rebecca Weintraub, Clinical Research Specialist II
UH Research & Education Update | July 2020
Under the leadership and oversight of Grace McComsey, MD, Vice President, Research, the UH Clinical Research Center (UHCRC) has developed an IRB-approved centralized biorepository to facilitate COVID-19 research initiatives across our institution.
The UH COVID-19 Biorepository goal is to provide rich centralized storage of biological specimens and clinical data for UH investigators with hypothesis-driven, scientifically sound projects aimed at advancing our understanding of COVID-19 and its health consequences. The UHCRC implemented the centralized biorepository to:
Ensure patient safety, privacy, and compliance by having a centralized approach so that multiple researchers are not approaching the same patients for samples.
- Increase collaboration among UH investigators to reduce redundancy and to also avoid competing for trials.
- Preserve access to samples so each investigator will have an opportunity to access resources, samples, and data to support their COVID-19 initiatives.
- Investigators are encouraged to submit proposals to utilize the COVID-19 data and samples during protocol development so that the governing committee can evaluate the project.
There is a modest cost associated with the use of data and samples to help cover the resources required to obtain and store data and samples. Investigators will receive a quote upon committee review.
Once the proposal is approved, investigators must submit their proposal for IRB approval.