The Alpha-1 Foundation DNA and Tissue Bank at the University of Florida has reached a milestone — the completion of enrollment.
The bank, established in 2002, has more than 2,300 members enrolled and is available for researchers to request medical information (the names of donors are not revealed) and samples for research projects. No further enrollment is anticipated at this time, and no new samples are being accepted. Mark Brantly, MD, is the principal investigator of the DNA and Tissue Bank.
Most enrolled subjects have provided medical information and blood samples. In addition, pulmonary function and liver enzyme testing results are also a part of the bank’s data set. Annotated samples are available from subjects with severe Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency.
Researchers needing information on how to obtain samples of DNA and tissue should contact David Fernandez, Manager of Research Administration, at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (877) 228-7321 ext. 242.
National Disease Research Interchange
Since 1980, the National Disease Research Interchange (NDRI), with funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has facilitated advances in medical research by supplying over 20,000 human tissues and organs per year to qualified investigators. Researchers requesting human tissues from NDRI go through a thorough review process and tissues are only provided for basic research studies. For more information or to refer a donor, please call NDRI at (800) 222-6374 or visit their website at www.ndriresource.org.