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biobank challenges acquiring human biospecimens

As specimens lie idle in freezers, patients await cures

May 22, 2018

And biobanks lose needed revenue Although biobanks do tremendous good for the world, many want to do even better. Biobanks collect tissue, biofluids and cells for use by researchers working toward new cures, treatments and vaccines. To better understand their challenges, we created a detailed questionnaire that 42 biobank professionals from around the world filled […]

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Catching Up with Chris Ianelli, Founder and CEO of iSpecimen

September 21, 2017

Our CEO, Chris Ianelli, MD, PhD, was recently interviewed by Precision Medicine World Conference (PMWC), where he will be speaking in January 2018, about the power of the iSpecimen Marketplace in redefining the way human biospecimens are procured. PMWC attracts recognized authorities and experts across healthcare and biotechnology sectors, and we are very excited for […]

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Pancreatic Cancer

More Biospecimens Might Help Address Deadly Cancer

July 24, 2017

Pancreatic cancer is one of the deadliest forms of the disease, spreading fast and often resisting chemotherapy. Approximately 3 in 4 patients die within a year of diagnosis, and 9 in 10 die within five years. Pancreatic cancer is on track to becoming the second most fatal cancer, but that trajectory might change if an […]

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Human brain

More Reasons to Thank Brain Donors

February 23, 2017

A couple of weeks ago we blogged about how pledging one’s brain supports research into CTE, the degenerative disease linked to concussions in athletes. Brain tissue, however, opens up a lot of other vistas for today’s researcher. The brain, of course, is where our conscious thought – normal and pathological – takes place. But people […]

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Concussion

Former NFL Players Support Research by Pledging to Donate their Brains

February 9, 2017

New treatments and cures depend heavily on research supported by ready access to biospecimens. It’s especially inspiring when individuals confront the universal discomfort of mortality and, while healthy, pledge to donate their bodies or organs to science. A case in point is the movement among contact sport athletes to donate their brains to research. Three […]

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Eyes

What Do Witches’ Cauldrons and Medical Researchers Have in Common? A Need for Diverse Biospecimens

October 31, 2016

“Eye of newt, and toe of frog, Wool of bat, and tongue of dog, Adder’s fork, and blind-worm’s sting, Lizard’s leg, and howlet’s wing — For a charm of powerful trouble, Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.” Most of us know this famous line uttered by the three ugly crones in Macbeth as they stir […]

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Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Crowdsourcing Data, Not Dollars

October 5, 2016

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time when millions of advocates don the color pink and strive to raise money to combat the disease. But, despite the long-running success of fundraising initiatives such as Relay for Life, the study of metastatic breast cancer (MBC) – or cancer that has spread to the bones, brain, […]

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Diversity

Precision Medicine Initiative Participation Survey: Results Show Americans are Eager to Further Medical Advancements

August 23, 2016

One of the largest questions surrounding President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI) Cohort Program is this: Is it possible to recruit one million U.S. citizens willing to provide an array of health information to further the pursuit of truly personalized medicine? A National Institutes of Health (NIH) survey released last week confirmed that patients from […]

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Taking a Blood Sample

National Donate Life Month Matters to Everyone

April 6, 2016

Every April, a non-profit organization called Donate Life America raises awareness about the importance of organ and tissue donation through social media and cause-based campaigns. At the time of unexpected tragedy, many families make tough, but important decisions about providing the gift of life to those nearly 125,000 patients on the ‘waiting list’ for life […]

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Soccer Ball and Goal Line Image

Brandi Chastain Brings Women’s Soccer to CTE Research

March 16, 2016

If you were reading the newspaper on July 11, 1999, you probably saw the photo of Brandi Chastain celebrating her winning shootout goal in the ‘99 World Cup final. If you were reading the newspaper on March 3, 2016, you saw her again, but this time for her efforts to advance chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) […]

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