The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) Biologic Specimen and Data Repository is the coming together of two entities: the NHLBI Biologic Specimen Repository (NHLBI Biorepository), managed by the NHLBI, Division of Blood Diseases and Resources (DBDR), Transfusion Medicine and Cellular Therapeutics Branch, and the NHLBI Data Repository, managed by the NHLBI, Division of Cardiovascular Sciences (DCVS), Epidemiology Branch. These two programs have always had a similar mission, namely to enhance and facilitate further research in cardiovascular, pulmonary and hematologic conditions by providing access to qualified investigators to stored biospecimen and data collections.
The mission of BioLINCC is to facilitate access to, and maximize the scientific value of, the Biorepository and Data Repository and promote the availability and use of other NHLBI funded population-based biospecimen and data resources.
This website serves to coordinate searches across data and biospecimen collections and to provide an electronic means for requests for additional information and the submission of requests for collections. Researchers wishing to apply to submit biospecimen collections to the NHLBI Biorepository for sharing with qualified investigators may also use this website to initiate that process.
Note that this program does not provide research funding. However, data and biospecimen resources are provided at no cost to the investigator beyond actual costs incurred for shipping/handling and in the case of special specimen processing requirements.
The BioLINCC Handbook provides a guide to accessing the NHLBI Biologic Specimen and Data Repository resources and information on all program activities.