OVERVIEW: Access to biospecimens from patients with COVID-19 is critical for research to understand the causes and treatments of the diseases. The SC CTSI has partnered with the Keck School of Medicine, USC Office of Vice President of Research, Keck Medicine of USC, Children's' Hospital Los Angeles, and the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services to establish a biorepository for supporting COVID-19 research. The biorepository is supported by generous gifts from the W.M. Keck Foundation and from the Seth MacFarlane Foundation.
GOALS: To accumulate specimens from patients with severe and mild COVID-19, patients recovered from COVID-19, and appropriate controls to serve as a resource for COVID-19 research at USC and with partner institutions.
CURRENT STATUS: The biorepository has a robust array of samples from severe, mild, and recovered patients and controls. SC CTSI Clinical Research Informatics (CRI) core is implementing the laboratory information management system, Open Specimen, for specimen management and linking Open Specimen to facilitate data collection and integration. Click here for full information on content of the biorepository and how to access samples.