HOW GARB CAN HELP
The Genetic Alliance Registry and BioBank (GARB) is a unique model for biobanking because its structure empowers member organizations and participants to advance research they feel is important. As opposed to traditional biobanks, GARB is built on a Co-op model. This means that several disease advocacy organizations join together to share the financial responsibility for running a state-of-the-art tissue repository. By sharing the financial burden, biobanking becomes affordable and accessible for all organizations, including smaller ones that may not have the needed funds to set up a biobank on their own.
Though financial responsibilities are shared, control over donated samples is retained by member groups. Unlike traditional biobanks where scientists, academics, and drug developers determine the direction of research, GARB empowers its member disease advocacy organizations (DAOs) to point the way to research that will benefit their specific communities.
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For many organizations, joining the medical research community is exciting, but can be challenging. GARB, through its experienced staff and its connections through Genetic Alliance, can provide the necessary support and guidance. GARB’s biobanking system is flexible enough to accommodate all DAOs regardless of size, location, or organizational capacity. Online portals can be accessed anywhere, without extra hardware, to give member DAOs control from any place at any time.
GARB provides both registry and biorepository services. Our registry allows members to collect crucial clinical data in order to better understand diseases and their longitudinal effects. Clinical data are usually collected online in a self-report questionnaire completed by the affected individuals.
Our biorepository is a state-of-the-art facility that provides storage of DNA, cell lines, FTA cards, and other sample types. In addition to simple storage, our biorepository also offers DNA extraction, cell line creation, and a whole host of other genomic services. The biorepository services are essentially unlimited.
OUR SUPPORT TEAM
GARB has a experienced and capable team of professionals, lawyers, ethicists and policymakers to ensure the integrity of biobanking/registry process. The organization has an Institutional Review Board (IRB) and a Biotrust Ethics Team to support DAOs.
Chair: Susan Bankowski, MS, JD
Christine Carter, PhD, MPH
Kevin Fitzgerald, SJ, PhD
Jessica Hobart, MPH
Shirley L. Jones, PhD, RNC
BioTrust Ethics Team
Chair: Kelly Edwards, University of Washington
Nicholas Anderson, University of Washington
Greg Biggers, Genomera
Leila Jamal, Johns Hopkins University
Jane Kaye, Oxford University
Kieran O’Doherty, University of Guelph
Suzanne Vernon, CFIDS Association of America
David Winickoff, University of California at Berkeley