For Researchers

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These resources are intended to serve the needs of researchers both internal and external to Mayo Clinic. All researchers are encouraged to apply to use Mayo Clinic Biobank samples.

For more information about researcher access, contact Janet E. Olson, Ph.D., project director for the Mayo Clinic Biobank.

Types of samples collected

For all subjects:

  • Three 10 mL EDTA tubes (for DNA, buffy coat, plasma)
  • One 10 mL no additive (for serum)
  • One 4.5 mL sodium citrate (for plasma)

For a subset of subjects (approximately 2,000):

  • One 6 mL sodium heparin tube (for slow freezing)

Access to samples or data

Cost

For more information about project cost, contact Janet E. Olson, Ph.D., project director.

Review criteria and governance

This is a resource for researchers internal and external to Mayo Clinic. All researchers are encouraged to apply.

Applications are reviewed by the Biobank Access Committee based upon these criteria:

  • Scientific excellence
  • Alignment with institutional goals
  • Potential to improve patient care
  • Number of subjects and amount and type of sample requested
  • Overlap with active projects
  • Projects developed by members of divisions and departments from which patients were recruited
  • Investigative team productivity; other projects (and outcomes) using the Mayo Clinic Biobank
  • Research addresses a serious health problem (globally or nationally)
  • Funding source

See the complete Biobank access principles.

Information for grant applications

For use in grant applications, see this description of the Biobank.