October 2013 •

The University of Hawai’i at Mānoa John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) has been awarded $18.4 million over five years for a “Hawai`i Statewide Research and Education Partnership” (HISREP) under the IDeA Networks for Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE) program at the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. The Principal Investigator is Dr. Robert Nichols.

This will provide some support for the the University of Hawaii Biorepository and generate the “INBRE III Biorepository and in vivo Model Resource “

Overlapping with the The University of Hawaii Biorepository, this resource has been designed to empower investigators with access to experimental resources that they would otherwise be unable to easily implement themselves, specifically non-UH-Manoa state institutions.

UH-Hilo, Chaminade, HPU, and state community colleges.

•        UH-Biospecimen Repository

Access to primary cells and human tissue samples, Customized collection for specific projects, Assistance with protocol development, Assistance with IRB and other regulatory requirements, Facilitate integration with JABSOM core facilities (histology, imaging, flow)

•        INBRE in vivo model support services

Assistance with model selection, protocol development and experimental design, IACUC and AVS regulatory guidance, Assistance with implementation of in vivo approaches using JABSOM core facilities, Facilitate integration with other JABSOM core resources (genomics, phenotyping ect)

•        Educational outreach

Summer & semester internships for undergraduates at Hawaii Biospecimen Repository, Class visits & seminars to introduce students to biobanking and in vivo model systems.


The University of Hawaii Biorepository is funded by:

National Institutes of Health - National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities • RMATRIX - 3U54MD007584-03S1 (Dr. J Hedges)  & RCMI BRIDGES • G12 MD007601 (Dr. M. Berry), and The National Institute General Medical Sciences • INBRE III • P20GM10346612  (Dr. R Nichols).