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Learning from the Past: The Fight against Opioid Addiction

July 2, 2019

What makes one person able to take painkillers without incident while another becomes addicted, and a third overdoses and dies? New Jersey researchers are exploring these questions, using a first-of-its-kind biobank of brains and blood samples from opioid users.   In a three-year, $4 million study, researchers and clinicians from the Coriell Institute for Medical […]

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Let’s get together online April 24

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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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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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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Genes’ impact on longevity generally slight, new research indicates

November 16, 2018

If you yearn to grow old, your genes won’t have much say in the matter, according to new research. If your parents live long lives, it doesn’t necessarily mean the same is in store for you. On the other hand, if your parents live shorter lives, there’s no great cause for worry. In fact, your […]

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Reducing risks and ensuring compliance throughout the biospecimen procurement process

November 8, 2018

Sourcing biospecimens to support medical research can be challenging and time-consuming. Whether researchers are conducting bench, translational, or clinical research, or searching for new diagnostics or therapeutics, the process of procuring biospecimens can be wrought with complexity, especially when it comes to managing and ensuring compliance. In order to help convey the value of our […]

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Luis Nicolaou, iSpecimen Senior Director of Product Management

Seven Questions with Luis Nicolaou

November 1, 2018

Luis Nicolaou Senior Director of Product Management, iSpecimen Earlier this week, we unveiled the second generation of our online marketplace, which does even more to connect researchers who need biospecimens – fluids, tissue or cells – with the health care organizations that have them. As senior director of product management, Luis was instrumental in identifying […]

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Patients seek a bigger role in medical research

October 26, 2018

The ultimate value of medical research? Making sick patients well and keeping healthy patients healthy. It goes without saying. Then why do patients sometimes feel like an afterthought? Lung cancer survivor and activist Bonnie J. Addario describes the problem from her perspective in Forbes: “Today there exists a holy trinity for cancer research: pharmaceutical companies, […]

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Microbiota biospecimens for gut health research

Plot thickens in story of gut’s connection to health

September 27, 2018

When it comes to the mysteries of human biology, the gut is a universe all its own. Our microbiota (often called microbiomes) are host to trillions of bacteria, fungi and other microbes – good, bad and yet to be determined. As unique as fingerprints, our microbiota can yield insights about our overall health. Three new microbiota studies […]

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Researchers see potential in rapid gene sequencing, direct treatment during brain surgery

September 6, 2018

The passing of U.S. Sen. John McCain underscores brain cancer’s formidable medical challenges, one of which is the blood-brain barrier: Many medicines that enter the bloodstream can’t reach the brain. Brain surgery, however, provides direct access to a tumor site, and craniotomy could someday become an occasion for drug-based treatment, according to a news release from […]

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