Access to Biobank Committee (ABC)

To facilitate broad and appropriate use of biobank resources, the biobank has created the Access to Biobank Committee (ABC). The ABC is a dynamic group of University of Colorado faculty, staff, and UCHealth clinicians with broad and diverse research, regulatory and clinical expertise. 

Membership of the ABC is comprised of CCPM Leadership, CIDA analysts, Health Data Compass representatives, regulatory, and data experts, and where necessary, investigators with relevant subject expertise to the study proposal request(s). Representation from CCPM and other subject matter experts across the University of Colorado may be invited to the meetings as needed to supplement discussions and decision making.

The ABC has two overarching aims:

  1. To serve as a consultative body for developing and implementing policies and processes to facilitate access to CCPM biobank resources (biological specimens, genotyping data, participant health information).
  2. To be the review and decision decision-making body for investigators that have completed a study proposal for biological specimens, and limited data sets / PHI datasets.

Application Process

The ABC partners closely with the University of Colorado’s enterprise data warehouse, Health Data Compass (Compass). Compass assists investigators across the University of Colorado and UCHealth networks to obtain access to clinical and genetic data for research purposes. If you are interested in obtaining access to any of the biobank resources, reference important documents below.


  • Initial Request: Initiate a data delivery request through Health Data Compass. Please fill out this form to initiate your request. 
  • Intake Meeting: Meet with Compass liaison and CCPM biobank team to discuss your data access request.
  • Proposal Submission: Submit CCPM biobank Investigator Access Proposal to the Access to Biobank Committee (ABC). 
  • ABC Proposal Review: ABC proposal review and access approval. This form must be filled out to initiate the ABC review process.
  • Resource Delivery: Meet with CIDA resource delivery team to discuss genetic data delivery plan. 
  • Resource Analysis: Receive CCPM biobank resources and begin analysis. 
  • Annual Updates: Submit annual progress reports until the study has concluded.


Note: if you are affiliated with CU Anschutz or have a CU Anschutz sponsor and are requesting a cohort exploration, genotype coverage, or GWAS summary statistics, you may be eligible to bypass the ABC approval process. If this applies to you, please fill out this form.

Contact Us

For questions about biobank resource access or genetic data analysis contact CIDA -

Colorado Center for Personalized Medicine

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

CU Anschutz

Anschutz Health Sciences Building

1890 N Revere Ct

Mailstop F563

Aurora, CO 80045

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