Specimen procurement

July 14, 2020

Healthcare worker in ICUShortly after healthcare system M Health Fairview converted Bethesda into a COVID-19 hospital, they teamed up with CTSI. Together, the partners built a robust infrastructure for COVID-19 research, pursuing innovative ways to engage Bethesda patients in the research process and optimize the way studies are conducted.

June 16, 2020

Specimen tubesThe Biorepository and Laboratory Services (BLS) sunrise plan has been approved and the group has resumed some operations.

March 18, 2020

mailto:umncrsc@umn.educoronavirusCTSI services and resources continue to be available, but we have temporarily transitioned to virtual research support and made some changes to how we operate. You can still reach us via phone (612-625-2874) and email at ctsi@umn.edu.  

September 18, 2018

Researchers at the CRSC openingMore than 100 visitors attended the Clinical Research Support Center Open House earlier this month to help celebrate the new center’s grand opening, network with colleagues, and learn about the support and resources available to U of M clinical researchers and study teams.

June 19, 2018

Paari Murugan and Cole DrifkaA recently enhanced partnership between CTSI's Biorepository and Laboratory Services (BLS) and the Department of Anatomic Pathology aims to increase availability of well-curated human research specimens and more efficiently process specimens for analysis by University of Minnesota investigators.

August 4, 2017

Biospecimen collectionCTSI recently debuted lower rates and a more flexible rate structure for University of Minnesota investigators using CTSI’s Biorepository & Laboratory Services (BLS) for collecting, processing, and distributing de-identified human specimens.

January 30, 2017

Dr. Cole DrifkaCole Drifka, PhD, recently joined CTSI as Biorepository and Laboratory Services (BLS) Manager. 

In this role, Dr. Drifka will manage and develop a state-of-the-art integrated biorepository to serve the needs of investigators who require access to human specimens for their research.

March 9, 2016

Slide containing human tissueIn addition to histology, immunohistochemistry and digital imaging services, CTSI’s Biological Materials Procurement Network (BioNet) tissue procurement facility provides researchers with high-quality tissue procurement services in compliance with best industry practices and current regulations.  

August 12, 2015

BioNet has unveiled a convenient new request process to enable researchers to request BioNet registration and services through the CTR Portal, a web-based system from CTSI that enables research teams to request research services.