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 availability of biospecimens in the tables below and determine if you need one or more aliquots per sample. You can also submit a biospecimen availability inquiry form.
  2. Submit a biosample request form to You can request specimens based on a number of specific criteria outlined in the form.
  3. The SHOW scientists 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 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:

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.

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