The Emory Transplant Center Biorepository for Translational Science (ETC Biorepository) was established in February 2008 through the generous funding of the Georgia Research Alliance. The ETC Biorepository contributes to the improvement of transplant outcomes by supporting Emory researchers in their basic, translational, and clinical research studies. As one of the only transplant-based biorepositories in the U.S., the ETC Biorepository represents one of the largest collections of longitudinal samples from patients receiving transplant services.
In general, a biorepository is a facility that collects, catalogs, and stores samples of biological material. These samples may include urine, blood, tissue, cells, DNA, RNA, and/or protein. If the samples are from patients, medical information also may be stored. This allows researchers to better understand the meaningful differences (biological phenotypes) between different patients, tissues, and diseases with the goal of improving transplantation outcomes.