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The Biospecimen Research Database (BRD): growing in content and design

Thursday, October 11, 2012 — Poster Session IV

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Natcher Conference Center, Building 45




  • H. Moore
  • S.R. Greytak
  • B.P. Bass
  • K.B. Engel
  • J. Vaught


The Biospecimen Research Database (BRD; is a free and publicly accessible web-based database that contains review and research articles covering a broad range of topics spanning the biospecimen lifecycle. The BRD currently contains 1375 articles, and approximately 50 articles are added every month. To develop a searchable, user-friendly literature database, articles pertinent to human biospecimen science are meticulously categorized and annotated by a team of Ph.D. level scientists according to the type of biospecimen and technology platform used, the experimental variables investigated, and many other parameters. The current version of the BRD permits users to view newly curated articles on a daily basis resulting in an ever-expanding collection of literature that is useful during both experimental design and publication phases of biospecimen-related science. The BRD is particularly well-suited for performing meta-analysis using searchable fields. As an example, preanalytical variables relating to blood collection and processing were examined to elucidate suitable handing practices. In accordance with OBBR’s intent to serve the biospecimen science community, a new version of the BRD aimed at improving user interface is currently under production. Feedback and article referrals are welcome and currently can be submitted to

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