Inflammatory Bowel Disease Biorepository

Principal Investigator

James Lord, MD, PhD
Virginia Mason Medical Center
Benaroya Research Institute

What is the Inflammatory Bowel Disease Registry and Biorepository?

The Inflammatory Bowel Disease Biorepository is a confidential list of people with inflammatory bowel diseases (IBD), such as Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, who are willing to donate a blood sample and provide health information to support scientific research. Donated samples and personal and family health information are used by scientists in the laboratory and in analysis to help us better understand the causes and long term health effects of gastrointestinal and immune-mediated diseases, as well as to explore better treatment options that can be used by physicians in patient care. All of the information gathered is kept confidential, and samples and health information used by scientists are coded with a number, not your name.

What are BRI scientists studying?

Researchers are using the IBD biorepository to better understand the biomarkers associated with the progression of these diseases and identify targets for new therapies. Scientists are also comparing the samples donated by these research participants with samples from healthy volunteers to advance our understanding of how and why IBD develops, and identify how genetic risk factors for IBD affect the immune system to cause disease.

To learn more about this subject, please visit the IBD disease information page.

Who can participate?

We are currently enrolling adults, age 16 and older, with known or suspected history of inflammatory bowel disease and non-IBD volunteers.

Inflammatory Bowel Disease Participants

  • Crohn’s Disease
  • Ulcerative Colitis
  • Indeterminate Colitis

Non-IBD Control Participants

  • First degree relatives of participants with disease
  • Individuals with non-IBD causes of GI inflammation, such as:
    • Celiac Sprue
    • Eosinophilic Esophagitis
    • Infectious gastroenteritis or colitis

We are also looking for friends and family members of all ages who do not have an immune-mediated or autoimmune disease, to join our Healthy Volunteer Registry.

To learn more about this opportunity to volunteer, please visit Healthy Volunteer Registry & Biorepository.

How can I help?

You can help scientists move IBD research forward by donating a blood sample and answering some questions about your personal and family health history.

You can also help by encouraging friends and family members without IBD to donate to our Healthy Volunteer Registry & Biorepository.