Participating in Medical Research

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Help us make discoveries for better health outcomes today and for future generations. By participating in medical research, you can be part of tomorrow's cures.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is a biobank?

A biobank is a secure storage facility that contains samples such as tissue and blood from many different people. These samples are stored until they are needed for research.

Who can use the samples that are stored in the biobank?

University of Minnesota researchers can request biospecimens for health-related research. Each request is reviewed prior to samples being released.

The only people who have access to the samples are trained biobank personnel. They work to ensure this process is compliant with regulations and policies to protect patients and their privacy.

You will not be identified in any reports or publications that result from research using your biospecimens.

How long will my samples be stored?

There is no limit on how long samples can be stored and used. If the biobank closes, your samples may be destroyed or sent to another biobank.

Do I get to choose how my biospecimens are used?

No -- it’s just like donating blood at a blood drive. You don’t get to choose who receives your donated blood from a blood bank. Biobank participants can’t choose how their samples will be used in research.

What do I need to do to participate?

We make it easy to complete the biospecimen consent form and allow researchers to use your leftover specimens. It’s a simple process that takes about 15 minutes. Just visit our website at URL or use your phone and scan the QR code at the bottom of this page.

If you have any questions or you'd prefer to go over the consent form with someone in person, please contact our team at 612-626-5038.

Biospecimens will not be collected for the biobank unless you choose to donate. If you’re not interested, call 612-626-5038 and leave a message with your full name, the date of your procedure, and let us know that you are not interested in donating to the biobank.

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Scan this code with your phone to access the biospecimen consent form.