Central Biorepository

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The Central Biorepository (CBR), a unit of the University of Michigan Medical School Office of Research, facilitates discovery and improves healthcare outcomes by providing high-quality, highly annotated biospecimens donated for basic, clinical, and translational research. We are an enterprise-wide resource, serving all members of the University of Michigan community.

Before you begin working with the CBR, please review our Pre-Onboarding Considerations for guidance on navigating the early steps of working with us. 

Please note: Due to pandemic priorities, some services may be impacted at this time. Please see our laboratory services page for more details. 

How We Serve Your Biobanking Needs

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Access Biospecimens

The Central Biorepository enables access to an array of sample types from participants enrolled in a variety of research studies.

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Contribute Biospecimens

With collection support and biostorage management, the Central Biorepository is a world-class enterprise resource for U-M researchers and beyond. 

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Biospecimen Services

The Central Biorepository offers a variety of biospecimen processing services and creates sample collection kits in support of biomedical research programs. 

Featured Central Biorepository Spotlights

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Icon showing over 500,000 biospecimens available at the CBR
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Contact us at CBR.Requests@umich.edu or (734) 647-8809 

Hours of Operation: 7:30 am - 4:30 pm, M-F 

North Campus Research Complex, Building 60-1660, 2800 Plymouth Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48105

A list of Central Biorepository contacts is available in the Personnel Directory