Research Biorepository

    --  Advancing Research for Healthy Teeth and Gums

Idea Behind a Biorepository...

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The University of Iowa College of Dentistry Data and Specimen Biorepository combines the usage of clinical information (dental and medical) with a biological specimen DNA bank for researchers to use at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics. Patients & accompanying visitors at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics, the University of Iowa Center for Disabilities and Development, the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics Department of Otolaryngology and staff attending the University of Iowa employee health fair will be asked to participate and give consent to allow for their clinical information (dental and medical), and their biological specimen to be collected prospectively for undefined future research purposes that will be shared, used again, or stored for future dental research purposes. Researchers can utilize the repository to study any type of health condition or disease.


Who can participate

Pediatric and adult patients and accompanying visitors of the University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics, Center for Disabilities and Development, Hospital Dentistry and staff attending the University of Iowa employee Health Fair.


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Risks and benefits of participation

There are no direct benefits. Compensation is available. Our hope is to gather information that can be used to help other individuals in the future. We will minimize discomfort and distress to participants. Biological specimens collected will be in the form of saliva, crevicular fluid, teeth and/or tissue (as opposed to blood).


Protection and confidentiality

The Biorepository has been approved by the Institutional Review Board for the protection of rights of human subjects. All personal information will be kept confidential under the guidelines of the law. The data/specimens will be released to researchers who are not on the research team of this biorepository only after careful review of their research proposal to ensure that the health research project is worthy. To help protect your confidentiality throughout the course of the research, we will assign a unique ID code to each subject. No personal identifiers will be used for the unique ID code.


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Data and specimen collection goal

To find causes, better treatments, and ways to prevent dental conditions and diseases and to genotype DNA specimens that will allow researchers to learn more about health conditions and diseases.


What will happen with my biological specimen

All data/biological specimens will be coded, de-identified, and stored in a locked biorepository lab at the University of Iowa College of Dentistry & Dental Clinics. The specific nature of the research it may be used for will vary, but will always relate to health research.


Interested in participating

Should you choose to participate, we will conduct a short interview and collect your biological specimen. Do not eat or drink for 90 minutes prior to your biological specimen collection. Please allow 30 minutes for participation.  

Please contact: 
Karen Kluesner (319) 335-7377,
or e-mail:


Non-Discrimination Statement
The University of Iowa prohibits discrimination in employment and in its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, creed, religion, sex, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or associational preference. The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities. For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Coordinator of Title IX, Section 504, and the ADA in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, (319) 335-0705 (voice) and (319) 335-0697 (text), 202 Jessup Hall, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1316