Biobank Resources

Improved translational research opportunities are greatly limited by the availability of high quality biospecimens. While biobanks offer access to those crucial samples, most of the efforts have been in the accumulation and quality of the biospecimens collected and not in expansion of its use. To bridge the gap between these core resources and its users, there is a need to increase awareness of existing biobanks and, at the same time, develop a network of user centric resources. The following veterinary biobanks are engaged in a pilot study to gauge the awareness and interest of biobanks across disciplines:

Cornell Veterinary Biobank
Mission: To serve the research community by accelerating biomedical research to improve animal and human health. Contact: Dr. Marta Castelhano vetbiobank@cornell.edu

Flint Animal Cancer Center Tumor Biorepository at Colorado State University
Mission: Improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in pet animals, translating our research and knowledge to also benefit people with cancer. Contact: Dr. Susan Lana susan.lana@colostate.edu

Texas A&M University Veterinary Small Animal Clinical Sciences Biobank
Missions: Education, patient care, and scholarship. Each of these activities is intended to improve the quality of life for companion animals and their owners. Contact: Dr. Jonathan Levine jlevine@cvm.tamu.edu

Canine Genetics Biorespository at University of California – Davis
Mission: The Canine Genetics Biorepository (Bannasch Laboratory) studies inherited diseases in dogs. Contact: Dr. Danika Bannasch dlbannasch@ucdavis.edu