Tubes of laboratory samples.

Biobank

The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin maintains a state-of-the-art biorepository of population-based biosamples. Our specimens are available to researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison as well as other research institutions.

Our biorepository inventory contains only samples for participants who consented to having samples stored for future unspecified research. Although not required, it is advisable to contact us to discuss research ideas and learn more about the SHOW biorepository data and availability prior to making any biosample requests.

Requesting samples:

  1. Check the availability of biospecimens in the tables below.
  2. Request a consultation with a SHOW scientist to determine which biosamples can best support your project.
  3. The SHOW scientist will review your request and will make recommendations for approval. This process may take up to two weeks.
  4. We will notify you if your request receives approval and will arrange sample distribution.
  5. For most studies, we will require IRB approval prior to the use of SHOW biosamples.

Please contact us at researchers@show.wisc.edu if you have any questions.

Sample Types: 

  • Serum: stored in 0.5 ml aliquots at -80°C
  • Plasma: stored in 0.5 ml aliquots at -80°C
  • Urine: stored in 1.5 ml aliquots at -80°C
  • DNA: extracted from whole blood, stored at -80°C
  • Stool: stored in >0.1g aliquots at -80°C

Sample Pricing:

Sample Type Cancer Center Member rate UW rate Non-UW rate
Serum (0.5ml) $12 $14 $16
Plasma (0.5ml) $13 $15 $17
Urine (1.5ml) $10 $12 $14
DNA (whole blood) 50 microliter aliquots; 30-500 ng/ul $23 $20 $25
DNA (stool) Please inquire Please inquire Please inquire
Whole blood RNA $20 $23 $25
Stool $20 $23 $25

A Statistical Support Fee of $1500 is applied to all biosample requests.

Biosample and data handling fee: determined upon consult based on biosample request.

Shipping Fee: If samples are shipped outside of UW-Madison, additional shipping and dry ice fees will apply.

Biosample Availability:

The tables below are updated regularly to accurately reflect biosample availability.
If you’d like to ensure a specific sample is available, please request a consultation.

Biosample Availability: By Demographic

Numbers of unique participants with samples available

Demographic Serum Plasma Urine DNA
Male 2343 2328 2468 2605
Female 3007 2976 3250 3430
Urban 3610 3582 3889 4265
Rural 1740 1722 1829 1770
Non-Hispanic White 4544 4505 4829 4853
Black/African American 497 495 562 780
Hispanic 163 160 171 216
Other 193 190 204 252

Biosample Availability: By Age Group

Numbers of unique participants with samples available

Age Group Serum Plasma Urine DNA
18<30 575 570 640 743
30<40 860 848 935 1001
40<50 939 928 985 1049
50<60 1239 1226 1322 1344
60<70 1139 1134 1213 1233
70+ 598 598 623 665

Biosample Availability: By Select Characteristics

Numbers of unique participants with samples available

Characteristic Held Serum Plasma Urine DNA
Hypertension Yes 1754 1737 1884 2019
No 3589 3559 3826 4004
Diabetes Type I and II Yes 629 621 691 755
No 4684 4649 4985 5235
Body Mass Index (BMI) <25 1443 1428 1545 1808
25<30 1664 1657 1766 1751
30+ 2243 2219 2407 2476

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