Biobank Core

The overall goal of the BioBank core is to help investigators collect and store biological samples from patients with ocular disorders, and to link those samples with molecular and clinical data. The collection of biological samples from patients with ocular disorders is an integral part of many research programs at Mass. Eye and Ear. By providing a central facility for sample collection and processing the BioBank resources reduce duplicated efforts among investigators. Importantly centralized storage and tracking using state-of-the-art programs such as Progeny ensures sample maintenance and protection and minimizes sample loss and mix-up. Linking individual samples to clinical data using the electronic medical record system (RPDR) as well as databases with molecular data enables sophisticated study of large datasets that enhances the overall quality of the Mass. Eye and Ear investigations. Additionally, providing assistance with sample collection helps young investigators and clinical scientists who may not have funding to collect useful samples from patients with interesting clinical disease that would benefit from further study. The availability of substantial patient sample resources also supports new investigations and collaborations, especially between bench and clinical scientists forming another bridge between basic and clinical research at Mass. Eye and Ear. The BioBank goals are: 1) to make it possible for any investigator who identifies an interesting patient, series of patients or has access to an interesting animal model, to collect useful biological samples that can be used for further study; and 2) to provide biological and clinical resources to investigators for specific disease-related investigations. The BioBank data and sample repository is a unique resource supporting a wide variety of vision-related studies. For many Mass. Eye and Ear investigators, the BioBank core is an indispensable resource that greatly enhances the overall quality of their research.

Services provided by the BioBank core:

  • Blood/tissue collection and storage
    • Progeny tracking system
  • DNA/RNA sample prep
  • Clinical data
    • Research Patient Data Registry (RPDR)
    • REDCap (Research electronic data capture)


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