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April 18, 2019

Join the Webinar ‘From Chaos to Control: Transforming Biospecimen Procurement’ Your research, your goals and your biospecimen procurement challenges are paramount, and that’s why we do our best to anticipate your needs on the iSpecimen Marketplace, in person, and here on our blog. Do you still have questions for us? Or are you new to […]

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Human biospecimens + AI = new insights

April 11, 2019

Every human biospecimen contains a wealth of data – about patients, their conditions and the biological processes that the sample has undergone. Data is also the currency of artificial intelligence, which is streamlining discovery by crunching data as biospecimens are presented to computers.

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Can the adult human brain make new cells?

April 4, 2019

Can the adult human brain make new cells? A new study pushes the pendulum on this unsettled question back to yes, asserting that neurons regenerate in the hippocampus well into old age.

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‘iSpecimen Marketplace: Where Discovery Meets Efficiency’ Slide

iSpecimen and you, collaborating to improve biospecimen access for all

March 28, 2019

Since 2014, we at iSpecimen have been committed to helping drive medical breakthroughs by connecting researchers with the human biospecimens they need from the patients who have them. In addition to streamlining researchers’ work, this work has helped biobanks and healthcare organizations fulfill their missions (and generate new revenue) by putting their banked, remnant and prospectively collected specimens to work.

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More studies support value of liquid biopsy

March 21, 2019

Blood tests for cancer, also known as liquid biopsies, continue to show great promise in oncology, sometimes providing insights about treatment response earlier than conventional biopsy or CT scans.Two new studies out of Johns Hopkins Medicine exemplify the progress.

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HIV remission cases fuel hope for cure

March 14, 2019

Although the AIDS epidemic has ebbed, HIV infection remains prevalent, with about 5,000 new infections per day and nearly 37 million living with the virus. Thus, news this week that a second and third HIV infected patient appear to have recently been “cured” of the infection has kindled hope in the medical and patient communities.

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Christoper Ianelli, MD,PhD, iSpecimen Founder and CEO

Five important medical transformations to watch

March 7, 2019

It’s an exhilarating time to be in health care and medicine. With so many breakthroughs occurring in genetics, in technology, and in the laboratory, the possibilities are enormous.

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Promising Alzheimer’s research spotlights cellular cleaning system

February 28, 2019

Like household clutter hiding a homeowner’s keys, a malfunctioning cleaning system in brain cells is being linked to Alzheimer’s disease, according to new research. Improving the cellular cleaning system in lab animals makes Alzheimer’s symptoms nearly disappear, researchers say. Researchers have discovered that humans and animals with Alzheimer’s show signs of compromised mitophagy, the process […]

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A blood test could take the guesswork out of pain

February 21, 2019

In a development that could someday help address the opioid scourge, University of Indiana School of Medicine researchers say they have developed a prototype blood test that quantifies pain based on molecular biomarkers.

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Scientists uncover more gut-brain connections

February 14, 2019

They’re foreign to us, yet part of us. Do the trillions of microbes in and on our bodies control us? Well, these bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses – collectively called the microbiome – are quite likely affecting our brains and behavior to some degree.

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