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UC Heart Bank

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Our Clinical Research Team

Image of two researchersThe University of Cincinnati College of Medicine is opening what it calls a “Heart Bank” to collect tissue samples that can be used by researchers. Those samples will be stored in a biorepository to provide a potentially valuable resource to help researchers find answers to scientific questions.

“The purpose of this biorepository will be to collect tissue isolated from hearts at the time of LVAD placement, LVAD removal, or heart transplantation”.

Tissue and blood samples from the biorepository will serve to delineate potential genes that might be involved in the reverse remodeling process in patients receiving a LVAD. Functional, biochemical, and histological assessment of isolated primary cardiac and fibroblast cells will provide insights into the cell-type specific roles in the onset and progression of myocardial dysfunction.

“UC Heart Bank specimens and data are maintained by the Biospecimen Shared Resource (BSR), which is supported by the UC Cancer Center and UC College of Medicine.”

Our BioBank Team

“All the biospecimens we collect would otherwise go unused or are obtained by way of consent and are stored for research purposes. Once they are deposited in the biorepository, they are cataloged on a document that can be shared with anybody. Researchers can look at it and see if there are blood and tissue samples that can be requested to use in their research.”

For Researchers

To request samples from the UC Heart Bank


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Harshada More, MS
Clinical Research Manager
Cardiovascular Diseases and Health Division
University of Cincinnati - COM
Phone: 513-558-4739

Contact Us

UC Center for Cardiovascular Research

Cardiovascular Center
231 Albert Sabin Way
PO Box 670542
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0542
Mail Location: 0542
Nicole Held

Phone: 513-558-1035