Penn Acute Biobanking Core



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PennCHOP Microbiome Program

The goals of the Penn Acute Care Biobanking Core are to encourage and facilitate microbiome-focused research in the pathogenesis, diagnosis, and treatment of patients with critical illness. Many patients who are critically ill are subject to processes and complications with microbially-driven or infectious mechanisms.

The Penn Acute Care Biobanking Core assists researchers by providing de-identified samples with linked clinical metadata to support research in this area, collect specimens as needed in support of microbiome research, and offer support for development of such research in the critical care setting.

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Penn Acute Care Biobanking Core Services

Provides a biobank of specimens that is available “off the shelf” to enable studies of microbiome and critical illness, with linked clinical metadata. Specimens will be focused on critically ill subjects and include upper respiratory tract, lower respiratory tract, and gastrointestinal/fecal specimens. Linked but de-identified clinical metadata includes demographics, underlying and acute illnesses, antibiotics and other treatments, clinical microbiology data, and extensive lab data. Please visit our iLab storefront to request samples.

Collects specimens and clinical metadata upon custom user request to assist with microbiome study implementation. The Core maintains clinical infrastructure in the critical care setting to collect specimens as needed upon user request, as determined by goals of specific project and investigator needs. Specimen processing, logging, and storage are also available.

Assist with development of microbiome studies in the critical care setting for investigators new to the topic. The Core assists with study planning, preparation of IRB submissions, and other aspects of microbiome studies in the critical care setting.


Ronald Collman, MD
Core Director