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Beryllium Biobank

Center for Health, Work & Environment


The Beryllium BioBank consists of a Data Coordinating Center, housed at the CU Anschutz Medical Campus at the Colorado School of Public Health, and a Core Specimen Laboratory, housed at National Jewish Health in Denver, Colorado.

The Department of Energy, assisted by a group of clinicians and scientists from National Jewish Health, the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, East Tennessee Pulmonary Associates, University of California-San Francisco, and University of California- Los Angeles, collected clinical data and specimens for the Beryllium BioBank. The purpose of the repository is to facilitate research by collecting de-identified biological specimens and clinical information from a large number of workers exposed to beryllium. The BioBank does not directly conduct research.

The BioBank is a resource for future researchers to: 

  • Identify exposure and genetic risk factors that cause beryllium sensitization and disease
  • Improve the detection of beryllium sensitization and CBD
  • Define new therapeutics to be tested in the treatment of CBD
  • Understand the immune and inflammatory mechanisms that cause beryllium sensitization and CBD
  • Develop new biological markers of exposure, biological effect, and disease
  • Define clinical and physiologic aspects of beryllium sensitization and CBD
This effort is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. ​​
​Questions about the Beryllium BioBank?  
Please contact the Data Coordinating Center:
Lee Newman, MD, MA
Colorado School of Public Health
13001 E. 17th Place, B119 HSC
Aurora, CO 80045
Carol Brown, PhD



Colorado School of Public Health

13001 E. 17th Place
Mail Stop B119
Aurora, CO 80045


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