BioBank Study

Principal Investigator: Erin Paquette, MD
Co-Investigator: Sabrina Derrington, MD
Research Coordinator: Laura Campbell -

The Lurie Children’s PICU BioBank is a storage system for leftover body fluids or tissue samples that can be used for research. This research helps scientists learn new information about medical problems. When your child has blood drawn or other samples taken as part of their medical care, there is often leftover material. This material may contain cells, proteins and genetic material (DNA).

Normally, after your child's tests are done, extra material is thrown away. At Lurie Children’s, we can store this extra material in a BioBank. Researchers can then use samples from the BioBank for research to try to improve healthcare for children. Any researchers who want to use the BioBank must be approved by a group managing the BioBank. This group includes parents and scientists, along with other individuals. The group will ensure that the goals and process of the research are appropriate.

You can return to this site at any time to see what studies are using samples from the BioBank.

Current Studies

Please check back soon for a list of current studies.

Privacy Measures

If you or your child decide at any point that you no longer want to participate in the BioBank, the Biobank managers can remove your child’s sample. To have a sample removed, contact the BioBank managers in writing at

Due to the large number of samples, the BioBank managers are not able to contact every child when he/she turns 18 to ask for permission to continue using his/her sample.

Contact Us

You can reach us at any point at if you have any questions or concerns. Inquiries will receive a response within 24 hours Monday-Friday.

For urgent/emergent concerns, please contact the managers of the PICU Biobank directly, by phone at 312.227.4800 or by e-mail: