Byers Lab: Research Repository

Heritable Disorders of Bone, Blood Vessels and Skin

The Research Repository is an invaluable research asset because of the availability of cells and DNA from individuals with clinically well-defined disorders in whom a gene mutation has not been identified.  We encourage enrollment and participation in the Research Repository from individuals whose cells or DNA have been studied by the Collagen Diagnostic Laboratory and other individuals who have been referred to us for other reasons.

Study subjects enroll by submitting a signed consent to the Research Repository.  Any individual who provides a sample to the Collagen Diagnostic Laboratory for clinical testing is offered the opportunity to participate.  Physicians who have patients with an uncharacterized connective tissue disorder or an "unmapped" form of a genetic disorder may also consider research participation for their patients.

The samples in the Research Repository form one of the richest collections of clinical information, cultured cells, and genetic material through which new disorders can be identified and the natural history of these disorders studied.  Researchers both at the University of Washington and at outside academic institutions may request de-identified samples from the Research Repository for further study of these disorders under protocols approved by their own department or institution.  Collaborations of this nature within the UW and with clinicians worldwide are an essential tool for research success.

Research Repository Enrollment Forms:

  • ADULT consent: Patient is 18 years of age or older
  • PARENT consent: Any patient under 18 years of age
  • MINOR consent: Patient age 12-17 (must accompany PARENT consent)
  • MINOR CHILD consent: Patient age 7-12 (must accompany PARENT consent)
  • MINOR SMALL CHILD consent: Patient < 7 years (must accompany PARENT consent)
  • PROXY consent: Patient/Relative is deceased (next of kin)


  • Print a copy for the patient to keep
  • Send original signed consent with the sample
  • If you are submitting the consent without a sample (you are a family member, for example), print the appropriate form, complete, and send it by mail, fax or e-mail.