CCTS Biobank

Tips for Investigators

Best Practices

Building Your Repository

Automating Data Collection and the Informed Consent Process

Best Practices

The CCTS Biobank recommends best practices from several biospecimen research organizations:

Feel free to contact us at 713.500.2092 for additional resources and possible updates on topics such as ethics and guidelines; consent issues; DNA collection; sample and data collection and distribution; and genomic research and biobanking.

Building Your Repository

The CCTS Biobank recommends the Step by Step Start-Up Guide for Registries and Repositories. Created by the online Wiki Advocacy Group, this site asks questions to effectively guide your efforts in building a repository:

  • What will you collect?
  • How will you collect data and/or samples?
  • What else is needed?

Automating Data Collection and the Informed Consent Process

We also recommend each investigator take steps to automate data collection and the informed consent process for human subjects by contacting the Biomedical Informatics Component at http://www.uthouston.edu/uth-big/contact+us.htm. BMI is consulting with investigators to assist them with data de-identification; regulatory compliance; developing and implementing databases; modifying existing databases; and electronic consenting of patients.