What is the COVID-19 biobank?
The COVID-19 Biorepository Study at Boston Medical Center collects and stores human fluids and tissue samples to allow scientists to carry out groundbreaking research.
If you tested positive for COVID-19, you may be eligible to participate.
What is the biobank trying to do?
Researchers are trying to answer important questions about COVID-19.
- Why do some people get so sick?
- Is it possible to get COVID-19 more than once?
- Is there a cure?
Am I eligible for the COVID-19 Biorepository Study?
If you are a patient over 18 years of age with a confirmed positive COVID-19 test (by any testing modality), and received either your inpatient or acute care at Boston Medical Center, you are eligible to participate.
How will my privacy and confidentiality be protected?
The biobank team is committed to protecting your privacy and confidentiality. We take numerous steps to protect your privacy, including labeling your samples and information with a code rather than your name. A committee of dedicated experts is in charge of how your samples are used.
Who will be able to use my samples and information?
Only scientists reviewed by 1) our committee of BU and BMC community members, and 2) an Institutional Review Board (IRB), an independent group committed to protecting research subjects, can use your samples.
How long will my samples be stored?
Your samples will be stored in the biobank until they are used up.
How can I participate?
You can contact the study team to learn more about participating. You can participate from the time you get sick with COVID-19, for up to two years.
Email: [email protected]