COVID-19 FAQs

With the advent of this novel virus many scientists are looking to find ways to test and develop vaccines. Specimens are needed to do this work and so many scientists are approaching Pathology and Laboratory Medicine for access to these samples.  Please see the announcement below to find out about accessing these specimens.

The BMC/BU COVID-19 Biorepository is Accepting Requests for Samples

Two biorepositories are underway to gather biospecimens from both ambulatory and inpatient COVID-19 patients at BMC. A centralized COVID-19 Biorepository Scientific Review Committee (SRC) will review sample requests from BU/BMC researchers. The biorepository includes two components:

  1. Biorepository of discarded clinical samples from inpatient and outpatient Boston Medical Center patients (PI Stephen Pelton)
  2. Biorepository of prospectively collected samples from an inpatient COVID-19 cohort (PIs Nahid Bhadelia, Karen Jacobson, and Nina Lin)

Biorepository Sample Requests:

The SRC will review all research requests for access to samples. Investigators will submit a request via an online form. Requests will be assessed for: completeness, feasibility, overlap with existing research efforts, scientific rigor and reproducibility, and scientific merit of research aims. To begin, requests for discarded samples will be prioritized. Prospective cohort sample requests will be given contingent approvals until samples accumulate.

The COVID-19 Biorepository SRC is currently accepting online applications here.

 

 

If research studies would like to inquire about laboratory services beyond what the repositories are handling, including budget pricing, please complete the applicable sections of the Clinical Studies Request for Laboratory Services Form as well as the Laboratory Research Study Request Checklist and submit to DG-PathLabResearchStudyGroup@bmc.org.

Other services may include specimen processing and discarded specimens/slides. These requests will be reviewed on a case by case basis. The Laboratory has the right to decline services based on scope, volume, resources required, etc.