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

More than 47,456 patients have consented to participated in the University of Kentucky Research Registry and Specimen Bank.


The following specimens are available:


  • ​​​Buffy Coat: 1,134 samples 

  • Plasma: 1,595 samples

  • Serum: 2,031 samples

  • Red Blood: 215 samples 

  • Whole Blood: 344 samples

  • CSF: 34 samples

  • Fat: 183 samples 

  • Muscle: 14 samples

  • Arterial Plaque (fixed): 17 samples

  • Tissues: 606 samples
    Including lung, stomach, liver, large and small intestine, aortic tissue, spleen, kidney, and pancreas

    *Last updated Dec. 19, 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. 



CCTS Biobank Impact


Enrolled Biobank Patients


Consent Rate for Biobank Enrollment


Biospecimen Samples Dispersed

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







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