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Center for Personalized Medicine aims to boost biobank deposits, spur genetic research

Sheets of paper and small tubes are symbols of the next big step in the development of UCHealth’s Center for Personalized Medicine.

The sheets and tubes are essentials in a soon to be implemented initiative to greatly expand the number of patients who consent to give blood samples to the center’s DNA Biorepository on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora. The ultimate aim: build a bank with rich deposits of genetic material that could one day reveal the roots of disease, thereby helping scientists and clinicians to assess risk and develop new therapies with greater precision.

The Center for Personalized Medicine, which launched in 2014, began collecting blood samples from patients who gave their consent in a pilot program started late last year in the Cardiac & Vascular Center at University of Colorado Hospital. The effort expanded in July to the Transplant and Rheumatology clinics, the Breast Center and the University of Colorado Cancer Center.

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