Central Biorepository

The Central Biorepository (CBR) facilitates discovery and improves healthcare outcomes by providing high-quality, highly annotated biospecimens donated for basic, clinical, and translational research.

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Learn more about the U-M Medical School Central Biorepository by taking a virtual tour of the facility. Get details on the CBR process and information about equipment and services available to study teams.

How We Serve Your Biobanking Needs

The CBR is an enterprise-wide resource, serving all members of the University of Michigan community.

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Access Biospecimens

The Central Biorepository enables access to an array of sample types from participants enrolled in a variety of research studies.

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Biobanking

With collection support and biostorage management, the Central Biorepository is a world-class enterprise resource for U-M researchers and beyond.

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Biospecimen Processing

The Central Biorepository offers a variety of biospecimen processing services and creates sample collection kits in support of biomedical research programs.

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Equipment & Instrumentation

The Central Biorepository uses specialized equipment and laboratory robotics to safely store and automate biospecimen processing.

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Through the Central Biorepository, our world-class U-M faculty researchers have access to high-quality, highly annotated biospecimens that are safely stored and processed.

Victoria Blanc, PhD
Director, Central Biorepository
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CBR FY22 At A Glance
650,000+
Biospecimens
40+
Research Studies
100,000+
Samples Distributed
How the CBR Can Benefit Your Research
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Central Biorepository
Medical School Office of Research
North Campus Research Complex, Building 60-1661
2800 Plymouth Road
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Hours of Operation: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, Monday - Friday

Want to provide feedback? Click here to access a brief survey about your CBR service. 

Phone Number: 734-647-8809
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We're Accredited – The Central Biorepository is accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Biorepository Accreditation Program.

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Federal and Institutional Requirements for Human Subject Research (Level I)
This course will introduce the basics of conducting human subject research in compliance with federal regulations and institutional practices.
CRISPR/Cas9 and Mouse ES Cell Training Class
Trainees will design, build, and validate CRISPR/Cas9 reagents in mouse ES cells, and learn how to work with mouse embryonic stem cells.
Elements of Informed Consent
This course offers an overview of informed consent in human subject research. The course will examine IRBMED’s standard consent template and focus on how it reflects federal requirements.
Introduction to eResearch
This course is intended for those unfamiliar with eResearch, the university’s electronic research administration site. This course will provide a basic knowledge of working in and using eResearch while examining the process for creating and submitting an initial project application.
Michigan Clinical Research Unit Open House
Over the past year, the Michigan Clinical Research Unit has undergone an expansive construction project to accommodate the required corridor for the new patient tower. The team is now thrilled to share the results at an upcoming Open House to tour the new space.
Waivers, Alterations, and Alternative Forms of Informed Consent (Level II)
This course offers an overview of some special situations relating to informed consent. Specifically, waivers and alterations of informed consent, waivers of documentation of informed consent, and obtaining consent from non-English speakers.
Reporting AEs, ORIOs, and UaPs
This course will identify what constitutes an Adverse Event, ORIO, and Unanticipated Problem and how such events impact risk to subjects. Additionally, the course will review the requirements of reporting such events to the IRB and other entities.
Nodexus Lunch and Learn
Join Nodexus and the Flow Cytometry Core for a Lunch and Learn about gentle and contamination-free cell sorting and high viability of sorted and recovered samples.
Amendments and Continuing Reviews
This course is a follow-up to Initial Project Applications and will examine the process for submitting amendments and scheduled continuing reviews to IRBMED using eResearch once a project’s initial application has been approved.
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Fast Forward Medical Innovation Releases 2023 Annual Report
Fast Forward Medical Innovation (FFMI) recently released their 2023 Annual Report, reflecting FY23 activity across the U-M Medical School. The highlights included 249 invention reports (up from 188 last year), 165 U-M Medical School faculty, staff, and trainee participants in 2023 education programs, and 16 startups funded (1 exited) by the Michigan Biomedical Venture Fund since launch.