The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), conducts and funds various longitudinal and clinical studies on aging that generate or have generated a collection of biospecimens and related phenotypic and clinical data. In 2018, the NIA's Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology established the AgingResearchBiobank to provide a state-of-the-art inventory system for the storage and distribution of these collections to the broader scientific community. Over the years, study collections have made significant contributions to public health and will continue to do so. Aging research will be expanded through the use of such collections to address new promising scientific questions targeting the development of prognostics, markers, and therapeutics for conditions related to aging and to provide a better understanding of the aging process. Collections included in the AgingResearchBiobank were built over many years from studies that carefully selected subjects and are available in a finite quantity. Each biospecimen is unique and cannot be replaced. Together with the opportunity to potentially pool data across study collections significantly increases the value and power of future research findings from the resources offered by the AgingResearchBiobank.
The AgingResearchBiobank has two components:
- Biologic Specimens (Biorepository) - Receives biospecimens from different study collections, stores the biospecimens under optimal conditions, and distributes them to qualified investigators. The Contractor for the Biorepository is Precision for Medicine of Frederick, MD. (8425 Precision Way, Suite M, Frederick, MD 21701)
- Data Repository - Serving as the data coordinating center for the AgingResearchBiobank, it receives, archives, maintains and distributes databases from different study collections. The Data Repository also analyzes stored data in response to inquiries, assists ongoing studies in preparing data for eventual archiving, coordinates cross-referencing between the two components of the AgingResearchBiobank, and manages the AgingResearchBiobank website. The Contractor for the Data Repository is Information Management Services, Inc, Calverton, MD. (3901 Calverton Blvd, Calverton, MD 20705)
Scientific and Technical inquiries should be sent to:
Rosaly Correa-de-Araujo, MD, MSc, PhD, Program Officer/Contracting Officer Representative (COR) for the AgingResearchBiobank and the Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director, Division of Geriatrics and Clinical Gerontology, National Institute on Aging, National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Bethesda, MD, 20892, 301 496-6762, Rosaly.email@example.com
Operational inquiries should be sent to:
Information Management Services, Inc, 3901 Calverton Blvd, Calverton, MD, 20705, 301-680-9770, AgingResearchBiobank@imsweb.com
The National Institute on Aging (NIA) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) leads the federal government in conducting and supporting research on aging and the health and well-being of older people. Our research ranges from the study of basic cellular changes that accompany the aging process to the examination of the biomedical, social, and behavioral aspects of growing older. Our main goal is to understand the nature of aging and the aging process, and diseases and conditions associated with growing older, in order to extend the healthy, active years of life.
Learn more about the NIA's mission and strategic directions for aging research at https://www.nia.nih.gov
The AgingResearchBiobank development team would like to acknowledge the role of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and its BioLINCC Program in the approach used in the development of this website. The AgingResearchBiobank code was based on the success of the BioLINCC framework, which shares many of the same advanced features and a well-defined yet flexible workflow for request submission and fulfillment.