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 in TE buffer at -80°C
  • Stool: stored in >0.1g aliquots at -80°C

Sample Pricing:

UW rate for Cancer Center Members UW rate for non-Cancer Center Members Non-UW rate
0.5 ml serum $7 $9 $11
0.5 ml plasma $8 $10 $12
1.5 ml urine $5 $7 $9
DNA (whole blood) 50 microliter aliquots; 30-500 ng/ul $8 $10 $12
DNA (stool) Please inquire Please inquire Please inquire
Whole blood RNA Please inquire Please inquire Please inquire
Stool $10 $12 $14

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

Serum Plasma Urine DNA
Male 1750 1754 1696 1758
Female 2186 2188 2128 2197
Urban 2452 2457 2369 2465
Rural 1484 1485 1455 1490
Non-Hispanic white 3426 3434 3338 3444
Black/African American 203 202 187 203
Hispanic 118 118 115 118
Other 183 182 178 185

Biosample Availability: By Age Group

Serum Plasma Urine DNA
18<30 493 493 474 494
30<40 650 652 639 655
40<50 699 699 682 702
50<60 923 922 898 626
60<70 765 767 743 769
70+ 405 408 387 409

Biosample Availability: By Select Characteristics

Serum Plasma Urine DNA
Hypertension Yes 1389 1394 1348 1396
No 2509 2510 2440 2522
Diabetes Type I and II Yes 421 421 396 421
No 3428 3435 3347 3444
Body Mass Index (BMI) <25 1109 1111 1085 1117
25<30 1276 1279 1237 1284
30+ 1550 1551 1501 1554

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