CCTS Biospecimens Core

Resources for Investigators

Our primary goal is to help researchers to access human samples that can be used to accelerate translational research.

CCTS maintains several banks, which currently contain:

Biobank Summary

To request some of these specimens, complete the CCTS Biobanking request form.

You can also use the CCTS Biobanking request form to ask us questions or to ask us to collect new specimen types.

The Kentucky Research Registry and Specimen Bank: Investigator Q&A

Investigators requesting biospecimens through CCTS should download and sign the Data Use Agreement.

Non-CCTS resources

Several other groups at UK have built specialist biobanks. We do not manage these, but we have listed them below as a service to researchers.


Access to samples

Types of samples

Data linkage

Information and Inventory

Markey Cancer Center Biospecimen and Tissue Procurement Shared Resource Facility Cancer and normal tissues,  plasma, serum, buffy coat, cryopreserved cells, DNA De-identified therapy and outcome data through the Kentucky Cancer Registry MCC Biospecimen Inventory

Sanders Brown Center on Aging

UK-ADC Tissue Sample Request Form Brain specimens (frozen and paraffin), CSF, serum, plasma, buffy coat Demographics, family history, neurocognitive testing, MRI images

UK-ADC Neuropathology Core

Kentucky Women's Health Registry Biobanking KWHR Biobanking Sample Request Form Plasma, serum, buffy coat, saliva, urine, toenails Extensive self-reported questionnaire, basic health assessment Kentucky Women's Health Registry
Cardiac Tissue Biobank Frozen samples from different heart regions Linked to medical records Cardiac Biobank
Center for Muscle Biology Healthy Muscle Bank Skeletal muscle, fat, plasma, serum, buffy coat Demographics, basic health assessment, functional strength assessment UK Center for Muscle Biology
Adipose and Muscle Tissue Bank Skeletal muscle, fat Demographics, basic health assessment  

Mission Statement

The CCTS Biospecimens Core aims to facilitate world-class translational research by

  1. Improving core services for biobanking.
  2. Increasing awareness of, and access to, biospecimens and biobanking.
  3. Providing training in biospecimens-related research.
  4. Distributing biospecimens to researchers.

Information for Participants