Biorepository and Integrative Genomics Initiative

At Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, in addition to treating illnesses and injuries, we are also home to the Children's Foundation Research Institute (CFRI) where doctors and scientists affiliated with the University of Tennessee Health Science Center (UTHSC) work to discover new and better cures to treat pediatric disease. Through the CFRI, UTHSC has established the Biorepository and Integrative Genomics (BIG) Initiative – a collection of DNA samples to help our doctors study the influence of genes, or blueprints in each of the body’s cells, on what diseases we get and how well we respond to treatment. Your child's participation could help create a brighter future for kids tomorrow.

The Biorepository for Integrative Genomics (BIG) Initiative will facilitate highly effective genomics-based research at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital and UTHSC to support future personalized healthcare delivery platforms.