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. 

Researcher's hand pulling test tube

The University of Kentucky Research Registry and Specimen Bank currently includes more than 35,700 patients who've consented to participate, with the following specimens available*:


  • ​​​Buffy Coat: 1,149 samples 

  • Plasma: 1,419 samples

  • Serum: 2,061 samples

  • Red Blood: 221 samples 

  • Whole Blood: 259 samples

  • CSF: 134 samples

  • Fat: 217 samples 

  • Muscle: 14 samples

  • Arterial Plaque (fixed): 17 samples

  • Tissues: 588 samples
    Including lung, stomach, liver, large and small intestine, aortic tissue, and spleen

    *Last updated March 1, 2023

We can also work with you to obtain other types specimens needed for your research. To inquire, please submit a service request through the link below. 


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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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