The UDN Central Biorepository (UDNCB) is located at the biorepository facility of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in the Division of Medical Genetics and Genomic Medicine. Our goal is to provide UDN investigators a centralized facility for secure storage, tracking and distribution of the human biological specimens collected as part of UDN studies. The biorepository and lab occupy 1,200 square feet, and the UDNCB has a current capacity for over 100,000 biological samples in 1.8 ml cryovials.
Our facility was originally established in 2004 and operates under the direction of Dr. Joy Cogan, PhD. It is a full-service processing, banking, and distribution laboratory for selected research projects, including the UDN. We receive samples from across the country and currently have over 39,000 specimens on more than 4,200 patients. Specimens include DNA, RNA, plasma, serum, urine, fibroblasts, PBMCs, immortalized lymphocytes (lymphoblastoids), and PAXgene RNA tubes. Sample location and inventory are tracked using the Progeny laboratory inventory management system (LIMS).