The mission of the ATLAS Community Health Initiative is to accelerate health research and medical breakthroughs, by UCLA researchers, which will result in individualized preventative care and treatement.
Biobanking refers to the systematic collection and storage of a large number of biospecimens (blood, saliva, tissue, etc.) from patients as a resource for later clinical research. Biobanked samples provide a repository of DNA, proteins or mRNAs useful to answer diagnostic or treatment questions well before those questions are even posed, and as such are a cornerstone of research into individualized care.
Our Biobank analyzes the DNA of patient-participants. Participation is easy:
At your next scheduled appointment at one of our participating facilities, you will be asked to watch a short 5 minute informational consent video and answer a few questions. You will need your UCLA Medical Record Number to complete the consent.
If you provide your consent on the Universal Consent form, the next time you have a routine blood draw at a UCLA clinic we will collect your left over biological samples and clinical data or draw an addtional sample that will be stored in the UCLA Biobank. Follow the link for Frequently Asked Questions.
“There is no better example of precision medicine than having your own immune system eradicate a cancer. We’re able to make that possible, now.”
—Antoni Ribas, MD
Professor of Medicine, Surgery, and Molecular and Medical Pharmacology David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA