This (non-hypothesis driven) proposal is to develop a blood sample and tissue bank. The bank will be used to test numerous hypotheses with primarily cohort-control studies. Examples of such studies would be to determine whether there is a genetic predisposition towards endometriosis or if the endometrial lining of the uterus in women with endometriosis expresses a unique expression profile in women who have endometriosis. Development of this sample bank will greatly facilitate the rapid completion of such studies as hypotheses are developed.
Banking blood and tissue samples will allow us to more rapidly test new hypotheses as information becomes available. It will also facilitate the development of tests that may help in the diagnosis and treatment of conditions such as endometriosis and other pelvic pain conditions.
As research questions are identified, separate IRB applications will be submitted to utilize samples from the bank.
Principal Investigator: Matthew Peterson
Department: Reproductive Endrocrinology