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You can contribute to research that could help save lives, at your next routine clinical appointment.

Our researchers at the Biggs Biobank are expanding the understanding of dementia and other age-related diseases by learning how biological and environmental factors may influence a person’s health and aging. The biobank will allow researchers to access a library of samples when they need information to complete research studies- helping us save resources on needing to recruit for volunteers for each research study.

Helping build the biobank is easy, convenient and safe.

Biological samples include blood, saliva, and tissue. As a volunteer, you will only provide samples to the biobank at the same time you are providing samples for medical evaluation.

If there are any samples you do not feel comfortable providing to the biobank, simply inform us of your wishes and the sample will not be taken.

Your name, address, phone number and any other identifying information will not be used. Researchers will only be able to identify samples with a barcode number.

How to donate

1. Notify our clinical staff of your wishes to donate to the Biggs Biobank and complete a consent form.

2. After signing up to donate, you may be asked to provide a blood and/or saliva sample.

3. Samples will then only be collected for the biobank if samples are being collected for another purpose during a clinic or research study appointment.

After some donations, you may be contacted by a member of our clinical team to provide information on your demographic and medical history.

For more information, contact:

Tiffany Kautz, Ph.D.

210-450-8684

Kautz@uthscsa.edu

You can also help advance research through organ donation.

When a person donates, they are helping find better ways to diagnose and treat the millions of people living with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.
Some of the most exciting advances and discoveries come from studying brain tissue, which is why we need your help.

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