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November 15, 2016

The Sangre Por Salud Biobank: Bringing Precision Medicine Research to an Underrepresented Latino Community

By Elizabeth Zimmermann

Inaugural issue:  Sangre Por Salud BioNews.

The Sangre Por Salud (Spanish for Blood for Health) Biobank was created to expand precision medicine research to underrepresented Latino patients in order to enhance the diversity of the Mayo Clinic Biobank. The biobank enables researchers to examine biological samples and data collected from Latino patients in order to develop better prevention, diagnostic tools and treatments for health issues specific to this group.

Created in 2013, the Sangre Por Salud Biobank is a collaboration between Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, Mountain Park Health Center in Phoenix, and Arizona State University.

Mountain Park Health Center, a designated Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), provides comprehensive health care services to underserved populations, including minority, immigrant and homeless patients.

This collaborative effort serves as a model for how precision medicine research can be extended to a broader community.

Dr. Eleanna De Filippis

Eleanna De Filippis, M.D., Ph.D.

“The Sangre Por Salud Biobank is the perfect example of how different institutions can integrate their missions and visions to benefit both patient care and advance our knowledge of health and disease,” says Eleanna De Filippis, M.D., Ph.D., assistant professor of Medicine at Mayo Clinic’s Arizona campus and principal investigator for Sangre Por Salud. “Unlike many traditional research efforts, the research projects conceived within the Sangre Por Salud Biobank are designed to directly empower the physicians at Mountain Park Health Center with the scientific knowledge acquired during our collaborations, and ultimately enable them to improve care for their patients.”

Read the full article about the Sangre Por Salud Biobank on the Mayo Clinic Individualized Medicine blog.

Read article in Public Health Genomics:  "The Sangre Por Salud Biobank: Facilitating Genetic Research in an Underrepresented Latino Community."

To date, more than 2,500 Latino adult patients from the Mountain Park Health Center have volunteered to participate in the biobank.

Each Sangre Por Salud Biobank participant contributed personal and family medical histories, demographic, psychosocial and behavioral information, as well as blood samples.


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