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Arizona Biospecimen Locator

A pilot effort that has developed a centralized, web-based biospecimen locator that presents biospecimens collected and stored at participating Arizona hospitals and biospecimen banks, which are available for acquisition and use by researchers. Researchers may use this site to browse, search and request biospecimens to use in qualified studies. The development of the ABL was guided by the Arizona Biospecimen Consortium (ABC), a consortium of hospitals and medical centers in the Phoenix area, and is now being piloted by this Consortium under the direction of ABRC. You may browse by type (cells, fluid, molecular, tissue) or disease. Common data elements decided by the ABC Standards Committee, based on data elements on the National Cancer Institute''s (NCI''s) Common Biorepository Model (CBM), are displayed. These describe the minimum set of data elements that the NCI determined were most important for a researcher to see about a biospecimen. The ABL currently does not display information on whether or not clinical data is available to accompany the biospecimens. However, a requester has the ability to solicit clinical data in the request. Once a request is approved, the biospecimen provider will contact the requester to discuss the request (and the requester''s questions) before finalizing the invoice and shipment. The ABL is available to the public to browse. In order to request biospecimens from the ABL, the researcher will be required to submit the requested required information. Upon submission of the information, shipment of the requested biospecimen(s) will be dependent on the scientific and institutional review approval. Account required. Registration is open to everyone.

URL: https://abl.azdhs.gov

Resource ID: nlx_17349     Resource Type: Resource     Version: Latest Version


clinical, translational, biospecimen, genomics, bone, brain, eye, intestine, kidney, liver, spine, sleep, thalamus, spinal cord, orbit, hispanic, spanish, male, female, white, asian, african american, native hawaiian, pacific islander, american indian, alaska native, catalog

Additional Resource Types

Tissue Bank, Data Set, Cell Repository, Biomaterial Supply Resource


Approval required, Non-commercial, Account required

Related Application



Slide, Frozen, Liquid nitrogen, Paraffin embedded block



Funding Information

Arizona Biomedical Research Commission,

Parent Organization






Sample type: Tissue, Cell, DNA, Bodily fluid, molecular sample, Whole blood, Blood, Cerebral Spinal fluid, Cystic fluid, Plasma, Red Blood Cell, Buffy coat, Bone marrow aspirate, Bone marrow

Listed By

One Mind Biospecimen Bank Listing, Biobank

Alternate URLs


Related Disease

Diseased, Normal

Original Submitter


Version Status


Submitted On

12:00am August 17, 2011

Originated From


Changes from Previous Version

  • Description was changed
  • Funding Information was changed
  • Additional Resource Types was changed

Version 2

Created 2 months ago by Christie Wang

Version 1

Created 4 years ago by Anonymous