Welcome to the Puerto Rico Biobank - PRBB
Personalized cancer care requires extensive clinical and molecular data. Unfortunately, for many minority groups these data are not available. The Puerto Rico Bio-bank (PRBB) exists to fill that gap in information. To accomplish this staff in the PRBB visit hospitals, talk to doctors and identify the best patients for research. The PRBB then collects, processes, and stores these well-annotated human bio-specimens for use in investigator-initiated translational cancer research. Since 2008, the PRBB has consented over 3000 subjects and accrued more than 6000 biospecimens representing the most common cancer types in Puerto Rico, including breast, colon, prostate and endometrial cancers.
Just like a financial bank distributes funds to those who need it, the bio-bank distributes its valuable samples to researchers who would otherwise not have access and it has supported a number critical publications. Recently, the PRBB has joined the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN) with the intention to subject 500 cancer patients from Puerto Rico to extensive genomic characterization. These data will allow physicians to treat the right Puerto Rican cancer patient, with the right drug at the right time.
|W. Douglas Cress, PhD||Co-Leader||Idhaliz Flores, PhD||Co-Leader|
|Edna Gordián||Data Concierge||Sonia Abac, RN||Research Nurse|
|Marilin Rosa, MD||Pathologist||Dagmar Correa||Laboratory Coordinator|
|Ozlen Saglam, MD||Pathologist||José A. Oliveras, MD||Clinical Data Abstractor|
|Ed Seijo||Staff Scientist||Zindie Rodríguez, MD||Pathology Assistant|
|Yairí Rivera-Torgerson||Program Coordinator||María Rojas, PharmD||Data Concierge|
|Teresita Muñoz-Antonia, PhD||Biobanking Consultant||Miosotis Garcia, MD||Pathology Consultant|
|Erin Siegel, PhD||ORIEN/TCC Team Member|