Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Center for Genetic Medicine

The NUgene Project

The NUgene Project is a genomic biobank sponsored by the Center for Genetic Medicine at Northwestern University in partnership with Northwestern Medicine. NUgene collects and stores DNA samples and associated health information from patients at Northwestern Medicine-affiliated hospitals and clinics to be used by researchers to examine the role genes play in the development and treatment of common diseases. The health information collected is both self-reported and periodically obtained from the participant’s electronic medical record at Northwestern.  The NUgene Project is IRB (Institutional Review Board) approved and compliant with HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). NUgene is committed to protecting the privacy of individual participants and the confidentiality of their data.

How Can The NUgene Project Help My Research?

With over 13,000 samples and data on Northwestern patients available to use in research, The NUgene Project can provide you with:

The NUgene Project has collaborated with investigators both within Northwestern Medicine and with other research institutions across the country in genomic research projects.

Accessing NUgene Project samples requires approvals from the NUgene Sample Advisory Committee and Northwestern University’s IRB.  It is strongly recommended to speak with the Director of the NUgene Project, Maureen Smith, prior to an IRB submission to help incorporate the appropriate NUgene information into your proposal.

Please contact Maureen Smith at (312) 503-6211 or for more information about using NUgene samples, data, and/or pricing.

NUgene Project Director

Maureen Smith

Maureen Smith, MS
Director, Assistant Professor
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Telephone: (312) 503-6200
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