Data Bank and BioRepository Shared Resource

The Roswell Park Data Bank and BioRepository Shared Resource (DBBR) prospectively collects and provides de-identified biospecimens and associated epidemiological and clinical data to investigators with IRB approved protocols. Newly diagnosed patients are consented for collection of blood tubes, completion of a risk factor questionnaire, and permission to link their samples to clinical data. DBBR samples and data can also be paired with tumor tissue from the Pathology Network Shared Resource and clinical data abstraction from the Biomedical Data Science Shared Resource.

Additionally, non-patients, healthy volunteers, family members and friends of patients and community members with no personal history of cancer are asked to participate in the DBBR as healthy volunteers.

The DBBR strives to provide specimens that are rigorously collected, processed and stored so that the integrity of potential analytes will be consistent across all patients and controls. Tubes are drawn and sent to the DBBR laboratory through the pneumatic tube system, for processing into serum, plasma, red blood cells, buffy coat, and DNA.

With expertise in epidemiology, biospecimen science, and study methods and design, including participant recruitment, data collection and management to support analysis, the DBBR team works integrally with investigators to hone their research concepts and identify the best available biospecimen and data sources to support their research needs. The DBBR carefully gathers investigators’ requirements and provides detailed biospecimen inventory reports for banked sample and data inquiries, options and strategies for prospective procurement of samples and data, and time and cost proposals for new grants and funded studies.


Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
Data Bank and Biorepository Shared Resource
Carlton House, Room 350
Elm and Carlton Streets
Buffalo, New York 14263

Operating Schedule

DBBR Recruitment Service: Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Laboratory Service: Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Data Service: Monday – Friday ,7 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Core Grant Citation

This shared resource is funded by NCI P30CA16056. Publications should cite the Core grant in the acknowledgment section, if publications use data generated by the shared resource. Two copies of the publication acknowledging the Core grant should also be submitted to the facility at Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263.