In addition to providing high quality health care, the University of Kentucky is also committed to finding new treatments, tests, and cures for diseases. Now, patients at UK can contribute to that effort by agreeing to participate in the Research Registry and Specimen Bank, or the "biobank."
When you have a medical procedure that involves, for example, drawing blood or sampling tissue, there is often material left over from the testing process that would otherwise be thrown away. By agreeing to participate in the biobank, you allow any "leftover" tissue from your normal medical procedures to be donated and stored in the biobank for medical research. Participation is voluntary, and no additional procedures will be performed or extra blood or tissue taken from you. Your medical care will not be affected in any way, whether you choose to participate or not. To protect your privacy, your name and all identifying information will be removed from any tissue donated to the biobank.
In biomedical research, access to human tissues is of central importance in studying a disease or condition and developing drugs and cures. By choosing to participate in the Research Registry and Specimen Bank, your samples (such as urine, skin, blood, tissues, hair, and saliva) can help... FULL STORY