Biospecimens Core

Empowering Your Research


The CCTS Biospecimen Core facilitates access to biological specimens, provides responsive biobanking services, and trains investigators in biospecimen-related research. 

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Illustration of a COVID-19 particle

The CCTS COVID-19 Biobank will initially be collecting specimens from inpatients who have tested positive or are showing signs consistent with COVID-19.

Request specimens from the bank through the CCTS Service Request Formselect "Biospecimens" and then select "COVID19 Biobank".

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The University of Kentucky Research Registry and Specimen Bank currently includes more than 36,171 patients who've consented to participate, with the following specimens available*:


  • ​​​Buffy Coat: 1,149 samples 

  • Plasma: 1,163 samples

  • Serum: 2,193 samples

  • Red Blood: 221 samples 

  • Whole Blood: 77 samples

  • CSF: 112 samples

  • Fat: 217 samples 

  • Muscle: 14 samples

  • Arterial Plaque (fixed): 17 samples

  • Tissues: 578 samples
    Including lung, stomach, liver, large and small intestine, aortic tissue, and spleen

*Last updated January 14, 2021. 

We can also work with you to obtain other types specimens needed for your research.


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Learn more about CCTS and UK biospecimen resources: 


CCTS Biobank FAQs







How to Use i2b2 to Search for Biospecimen Availability






Additional Biospecimen Resources at UK







CCTS Biobank Impact


Enrolled Biobank Patients


Consent Rate for Biobank Enrollment


Biospecimen Samples Dispersed

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