Healthy Volunteer Biorepository

Principal Investigator

Jane Buckner, MD
Rheumatology, Virginia Mason Medical Center
President, Benaroya Research Institute
Translational Research Program Director, Benaroya Research Institute

What is the Healthy Control Biorepository?

The Healthy Volunteer Registry and Biorepository is a confidential list of people that do not have an immune-mediated or autoimmune disease, who are willing to donate a blood sample and provide health information to Benaroya Research Institute (BRI) to support scientific research. Donated samples and personal and family health information is used by scientists in the laboratory and in analysis to help us better understand the causes and long term health effects of immune-mediated diseases, as well as to explore better treatment options that can be used by physicians in patient care.

Samples from healthy 'control' volunteers allow scientists to study how a healthy immune system works in comparison to one that has disease. All of the information gathered is kept confidential, and samples and health information used by scientists are coded with a number, not your name.

Healthy Immune System Research Program with The Allen Institute for Immunology

In 2019, BRI will begin studying the healthy immune system in an unprecedented way, recruiting healthy adults in the age ranges of 25-35 and 55-65 from the Seattle area to enroll in a one-year research partnership to understand healthy immune systems. This effort will shed light on a variety of factors that can impact the immune system from genetics to lifestyle to environmental factors. 

If you’re interested in being considered for this pioneering research initiative funded by the Allen Institute Center for Immunology, please sign up for the Healthy Volunteer Biorepository so our team can contact you.

Who can participate?

We are currently enrolling adults and children, ages 1 and older, who do not have an immune-mediated or autoimmune disease, to join our Healthy Volunteer Registry.

How can I help?

You can help scientists move immune-mediated or autoimmune diseases research forward by donating a blood sample and answering some questions about your personal and family health history.

You can also help by encouraging family members and friends without immune-mediated or autoimmune disease to donate to our Healthy Volunteer Registry and Biorepository.