Sample Requirements, Kit Requests, and Forms

The reimbursement status is dependent on Alzheimer’s Disease Genetics Consortium funding and may no longer apply. Even when ADGC reimbursement ends, NCRAD will continue to provide kits for blood samples, tubes for DNA and brain tissue transfer, free shipping as well as return APOE genotype data. NCRAD will also continue to provide 25ug of DNA back for free, when applicable.

Blood

Amount

Please send 2-3 purple top tubes. NCRAD will provide the blood kits.

Blood Kits

Please click here to order blood kits. Please request kits at least 2 weeks before you need them.

Shipping Information

Please ship Monday-Thursday.

Friday Blood Draws

Please hold blood drawn on a Friday at room temperature over the weekend and ship on Monday.

Sample Form

Form available in web-based or downloadable format. It may be submitted electronically, emailed to alzstudy@iu.edu, or faxed.

Please email or fax the sample form in advance of shipping the sample. This ensures that NCRAD knows to expect the sample and can track the sample if it is not delivered as expected.

Brain Tissue

Amount/Region

Please send 2-5g of brain tissue. Please maximize the amount of gray matter; frontal cortex is preferred but any region will suffice.

Required Tubes

Any self-standing polypropylene 30mL tube with a diameter similar to a 50mL tube is fine.

Some examples are:

  • DOT Scientific Part number 642; 30mL self-standing centrifuge tube
  • Fisher Part number 22-044-320; Evergreen Scientific 30mL freestanding centrifuge tube

Please click here to order brain tissue sample tubes. Please request tubes at least 2 weeks before you need them.

Shipping Information

Please ship frozen specimens Monday-Wednesday only.

When shipping brain tissue, please use dry ice pellets instead of chunks. The chunks can often break the sample tubes in transit.

Sample Form

Brain Tissue Sample Form

Please email the sample form in advance of shipping the sample. This ensures that NCRAD knows to expect the sample and can track the sample if it is not delivered as expected.

DNA

Amount

Please send at least 20μg

  • Minimum Concentration of 0.1μg/μl
  • Minimum volume of 50 μl
Required Tubes

These tubes are necessary for our automation.

DOT Scientific 819-S 2.0ml screw cap microcentrifuge tubes with O-rings.

Please click here to order DNA sample tubes. Please request tubes at least 2 weeks before you need them.

Shipping Information

Please ship frozen specimens Monday-Wednesday only.

Please organize samples in box in the same order as they are listed on the sample form.

Sample Form

DNA Sample Form

Please email the sample form in advance of shipping the sample. This ensures that NCRAD knows to expect the sample and can track the sample if it is not delivered as expected.

Buffy Coat

Amount

While there are no volume requirements, we must receive the whole buffy coat.

Required Tubes

There are no required tubes for the buffy coat shipments. However, if you would like us to send you tubes we can. Please click here to order buffy coat sample tubes. Please request tubes at least 2 weeks before you need them.

Shipping Information

Please ship the specimens Monday-Wednesday only.

Please organize samples in box in the same order as they are listed on the sample form.

Sample Form

Buffy Coat Sample Form

Please email the sample form in advance of shipping the sample. This ensures that NCRAD knows to expect the sample and can track the sample if it is not delivered as expected.