Maximizing the Precious Samples in your Biorepository: How to Create Renewable Resources

Biorepositories are rapidly becoming a critical resource in both basic and clinical science programs. The organized collection, processing, and distribution of biological materials is not only growing in the form of centralized biorepositories but also evolving as an important component in individual medical centers, departments, and research programs. The current number of samples and studies is pale in comparison to what the scientific/translational research community has planned for across a multitude of scientific and disease-specific disciplines. The two areas of “biorepository science” that are mission critical to creating and maintaining these precious biological resources are:
1) the standardization of sample processing protocols and
2) the creation of renewable resources from primary biological samples.

These foci are inextricably linked and when properly implemented not only ensure the quality of all samples within a program but also make large collections available for global analyses over an infinite period of time.

Dr. Brook's one-hour Webinar will focus on both lab processes and chemistries employed at the Rutgers University Cell and DNA Repository (RUCDR) for maximizing precious samples through automated processing approaches, state of the art chemistries for sample preparation, novel nucleic acid amplification (DNA/RNA) approaches, and sample efficient storage technologies. All of these, when properly combined, help create an environment for generating biological resources that can be utilized in perpetuity across a vast technological and scientific continuum.

Learning objectives for this webinar:

  • Understand technologies to maximize your biospecimen
  • Leverage best practice for managing cell and DNA repositories
  • Implement quality control processes

Andrew I. Brooks (PhD.)

Dr. Brooks is currently the Director of the Bionomics Research and Technology Center (BRTC) at the Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey. He is also the Director of Technology Development at Rutgers University's Cell and DNA Repository and an Associate Professor of Environmental Medicine and Genetics at UMDNJ. Dr. Brooks is a molecular neuroscientist whose research focuses on deciphering the molecular mechanisms that underlie memory and learning. Dr. Brooks is responsible for all technology development, acquisition, and implementation as it pertains to the operation of the RUCDR.