The University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC) established the UMMC Biobank to support translational and clinical research in addition to serving as the tissue bank core of the Cancer Institute.
Previously known as the University Biospecimen Repository, the biobank began operations in November 2011 with a focus on cancer-related surgery specimens. In March 2013, we expanded blood collections to other areas, including the transplant, gastrointestinal, congenital heart disease and HIV clinics. To date, the biobank has over 3,500 participants.
The UMMC Biobank has dedicated biorepository specialists for consenting patients and specimen processing. Our consent allows access to historical and future clinical data through the electronic health record (EHR) to facilitate in-depth translational research. Samples collected include whole blood, serum, plasma, white blood cells, tumor and normal tissue, handled according to the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Best Practices. All freezers are on a back-up power alarm system with 24-hour surveillance.