Last updated on July 2020

Biological Sample Collection for Research and Biobanking

Brief description of study

The New York Stem Cell Foundation (NYSCF) is performing this research to study different conditions and diseases by using cells from the body (such as skin or blood cells). NYSCF uses these samples to make stem cells and other types of cells, conduct research on the samples, perform genetic testing, and/or store these samples for future use.

Through this research, scientists hope to identify future treatments or even cures.

Detailed Study Description

Researchers at NYSCF study diverse diseases, conditions, and traits by creating "pluripotent" stem cells. These stem cells can become any cell in the human body, including cells that may be difficult, invasive, or even impossible to obtain directly. For example, researchers may create pancreatic insulin-producing cells to learn more about type 1 diabetes, or brain cells to learn more about Parkinson's disease.

Additionally, researchers perform genetic testing to learn more about DNA, a material in most cells that contains instructions for the body's development and functions (such as traits like eye color and risk of certain diseases). A piece of DNA that determines the specific role of a cell is called a "gene." If the instructions in a gene are abnormal, this can lead to disease.

Participation in the study involves: (1) completion of a health questionnaire, (2) donation of a skin and/or blood sample from which stem cells may be created, (3) possible collection of a saliva sample for genetic analysis, and (4) possible future follow-up to provide additional information or learn about other research studies. This study is not a clinical trial.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT04270604

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