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Boston Biorepository, Recruitment, and Integrative Network (BBRAIN) for GWI

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[Technical Report, Annual Report]

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Boston University Medical Campus

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The primary objective of BBRAIN is to establish a retrospective and prospective biorepository network for GWI research by data mining from existing BBRAIN collaborator specimens and for recruiting 500 additional repository samples. The four prospective recruitment resource sites include Boston, Miami, Bronx and San Francisco. The BBRAIN structure provides centralized cataloguing and coordination of retrospective biorepository samples from 10 collaborating institutions who are sharing existing blood plasma, sera, PBMCs, cerebrospinal fluid, human-induced pluripotent stem cells hiPSCs, DNA and saliva samples. Corresponding cognitive outcomes, brain imaging, demographics and health symptom surveys are included in the BBRAIN network datasets to allow for the comparison of biomarkers with behavioral outcomes. To date, data usage and material transfer agreements have been put in place with all sites and sharing has begun with retrospective data and outcomes.

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  • Medicine and Medical Research

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[A, Approved For Public Release]