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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 biorespository 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 request form.
  2. Submit a biosample request form to data@show.wisc.edu. 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.

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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

 

Sample Pricing

UW rate Non-UW rate
0.5 ml serum $7 $10
0.5 ml plasma $8 $11
1.5 ml urine $5 $8
DNA (whole blood) 50 microliter aliquots; 30-500 ng/microliter $5 $10
Whole blood RNA Please inquire
Handling fee 100 or fewer samples

101-500 samples

501-1000 samples

For every additional 500 samples (or fraction of 500)

$50

 

$75

 

$100

 

 

 

$50

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

Note: The biosample rates include up to 50 variables from the SHOW database for each biospecimen. Additional variables are subjected to extra fees.

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

 

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

 

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