The CMD Biobank at the Coriell Institute
By creating a well characterized, central source of samples from individuals with congenital muscle disease, the CMDIR and the Coriell Institute are working together to facilitate congenital muscle disease research and invest in the future of therapies. The CMD BioBank will be housed in the National Institute of General Medical Sciences Human Genetic Cell Repository at the Coriell Institute in Camden, New Jersey. Samples in the NIGMS repository have been utilized in over 5,000 scientific publications by researchers in more than 50 countries. Click here for an overview of Coriell's biobanking services.
The CMDIR will support the CMD BioBank by identifying and facilitating sample transfers from existing collections at other institutions. To provide scientists with a de-identified data set, CMD BioBank samples will link to existing profiles in the CMDIR through a deindetifying ID number. The CMDIR staff will provide the following information to be stored with the sample: age at the time of sample donation, genetic diagnosis, maximal motor function, breathing status, and level of heart and brain involvement. Having this detailed information regarding clinical severity assists scientists using the samples in understanding therapy response.