The Children’s Mercy Research Institute Biorepository (CRIB) is a biological specimen repository that collects, processes, stores and distributes biospecimens that support scientific investigation.
This state-of-the-art facility features a unique barcoding system for monitoring sample management, tracking freezer inventory and electronically attaching pertinent clinical and research data to each specimen.
Featured resources within the CRIB include:
- Nucleic acid extraction (using both manual and robotic magnetic bead procedures)
- Blood component separations
- Live cell preservation
- Flash freezing
- Consultation services
- Specimen preservation assistance
- Study design services
The Perinatal Research Biorepository (PRB) collects and provides human biospecimens and related clinical data to enhance translational perinatal research. The PRB’s goal is to improve the quality of pregnancy through biomedical research and positively impact maternal, fetal and postnatal health. The PRB collects biological samples and related clinical data associated with human pregnancy (maternal blood, cord blood, umbilical cords, placental tissues, amniotic fluid, chorionic villous specimens, etc.) according to best practices from Children’s Mercy Fetal Health Center, the University of Kansas Medical Center, University Health and St. Luke’s Hospital of Kansas City.
Biological samples may be searched using the PRB Search Tool.
Interested researchers can submit applications to access deidentified biospecimens and related clinical data by using the email link embedded in the PRB Search Tool page or by direct email to PRBiorepository@cmh.edu. The PRB manager and scientific oversight committee will review applications and respond to all inquiries in the order they are received.