Read the Biobank Newsletter (Spring 2019)

June 25, 2019

The Spring 2019 issue of the Mass General Brigham Biobank newsletter for Biobank participants has been released.

Read the Biobank Newsletter (Spring 2018)

May 22, 2018

The Spring 2018 issue of the Mass General Brigham Biobank newsletter for Biobank participants has been released

WBUR publishes article on the Mass General Brigham Biobank

September 27, 2017

This summer, I got an email with the subject line, “Help researchers at Mass. General or the Brigham make discoveries.” Think the Boston hospitals — Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women's Hospital — were hitting me up for a check? Wrong. Not long afterward, as I was passing through a busy lobby of Mass. General, an eye-grabbing kiosk invited me to “Join us to help shape the future of healthcare.” Once again, it sure sounded like a charity appeal. But the recruiters didn't want my money. They wanted my DNA and my medical records, to help them build a massive database for research called a biobank.

Read the Biobank Newsletter (Spring/Summer 2017)

June 20, 2017

The Spring/Summer 2017 issue of the Partners Biobank newsletter for Biobank participants has been released.

New Approach to Disease Detection

June 19, 2017

The accurate detection of tissue damage holds the potential to transform medicine through earlier detection of disease, assessment of disease progression, and real time evaluation of treatment. Dr. Mostoslavsky of the Cancer Center at Massachusetts General Hospital and his lab are researching the connection between tissue damage and disease progression through the study of DNA. This new method has the potential to be applied to earlier detection of multiple types of cancer, type 1 diabetes, as well as the evaluation of tissue damage following a traumatic brain injury or stroke.

Using Genes to Predict Rheumatoid Arthritis Risk

September 6, 2016

Drs. I-Cheng Ho and Hui-Hsin Chang of Brigham and Women’s Hospital recently published a paper in Arthritis & Rheumatology on the results of a study they completed using samples from the Mass General Brigham Biobank. This study investigated the relationship between a variation in a gene and the risk for the development of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Drs. Ho and Chang found that the variation in this gene leads to increased activity of immune cells, which can cause the inflammation characteristic of RA.

Dr. Kathiresan
Investigating a Gene’s Impact on Heart Disease

March 22, 2016

Dr. Kathiresan (pictured) and his team of investigators, led by Pradeep Natarajan, MD, and research coordinator Erina Kii in the Center for Human Genetic Research at Massachusetts General Hospital, are looking for a needle in a haystack.

Sekar Kathiresan, MD, uses the Mass General Brigham Biobank to conduct research that would otherwise be impossible using traditional research methods.

Read the Biobank Newsletter (Summer 2015)

September 3, 2015

We are happy to bring you the newest issue of our Mass General Brigham Biobank newsletter created for participants in the Biobank project. The Biobank is a collection of samples and data from patients at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital that are used for research. It’s been a busy and exciting year for the project.

Genotyping the First 25,000 Biobank Participants

August 14, 2015

The next large project for the Biobank is to genotype 10,000 DNA samples by the end of 2015 and a total of 25,000-50,000 samples over the next 2-3 years. Genotyping is the process of detecting which variants of genes a person has. These data, generated by analyzing the stored DNA of participants in the Biobank, will provide researchers with valuable information to further understand the influence of genes on health. The project will lead to a greater understanding of the pathways of human disease, and allow us to develop better diagnostics and targeted therapeutics for future generations.

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