Biospecimen and Clinical Data Acquisition

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Overview

The Biospecimen and Clinical Data Acquisition Core facilitates the coordinated collection, processing, storage, and distribution of biospecimens and clinical data from patients with a broad representation of diseases of the nervous system. This Core:

  • Initiates the collection of biospecimens and associated clinical data from patient populations where little support currently exists.
  • Catalyzes the integration of several large, pre-existing bio-repositories and clinical databases of nervous system disease patients.
  • Makes accessible an inventory of available biospecimen resources and de-identified data that can be queried by authorized intramural and extramural neuroscience investigators.

Facilities/Services

The Biospecimen and Clinical Data Acquisition Core makes extensive use of infrastructure already present at our institution by extending and integrating several existing resources:

  • Clinic Environment for Recruitment, Consent, and Clinical Data Collection
  • NeuroClinical Research Unit (NCRU)
  • Clinical and Research Data Management
  • IRB and Consent
  • Recruitment
  • Clinical Data Entry

Staff

  • Mark A. Watson, MD, PhD – Core Director
  • Joel S. Perlmutter, MD – Co-Director
  • Rakesh Nagarajan, MD, PhD – Co-Investigator
  • Johanna Hartlein, RN, MSN, APN
  • Mala Sharma, BS, Research Technician
  • Laura Carpenter
  • Cassie Keppel

Support/Acknowledgements

This core is supported by NIH Neuroscience Blueprint Core Grant P30 NS057105 to Washington University.

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