The Biobank is the culmination of collaborative efforts by the Michigan Department of Community Health, Wayne State University, Michigan State University, the University of Michigan, and VanAndel Research Institute to support the Michigan Department of Community Health in their efforts to develop their archive of dried blood spots into a unique resource for research. Each of the collaborators contributes expertise to the Biobank.
The Van Andel Research Institute
provides the custom designed Biobank Interface software that is used to inventory and track the blood samples in the Biobank. The Institute also provides advice regarding the Biobank storage facility, including issues such as temperature, humidity and conditions optimal for blood spot preservations.
Michigan State University
provides technical expertise to the Michigan Neonatal Biobank and assists the Department of Community Health with linking biological materials to State databases, and with de-identifying data.
The University of Michigan
provides technical assistance and policy advice as needed, in the areas of (1) engaging diverse Michigan communities in understanding the purpose and intended operation of the Biobank; (2) the meaningful engagement of representative of these communities in the planning, development and operation of the Biobank; and (3) the ethical, legal and social implications of the Biobank.
Wayne State University
provides temperature-controlled storage space for the dried blood spot cards, sample preparation and shipping services, inventory services, and financial services for the Biobank. Wayne State University's Center for Genomics Technologies provides quality control and DNA amplification services as needed.