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​WHI Biospecimens

WHI holds a large repository of biological specimens collected from WHI participants at various times over the past 20 and more years.  Click on the four main categories below to find detailed information about the specimens.  These specimens are available to investigators through the Ancillary Study process.

1 - Specimens in the WHI Biorepository

  • Types of specimen collected
  • Collection time points
  • Specimen collection, processing, and storage 
  • Quality control samples

2 - Specimens Available for Proposed Studies

  • Types of Specimen Available
  • Number and volume of specimen available
  • Limits on Samples Available
  • Specimen Quality Control 

3 - Specimen Test Results Available to Researchers

  • GWAS and Baseline CVD Biomarkers
  • GWAS Imputation Project
  • Long Life Study Assay Results     
  • Core Analytes 
  • Limitations on Use of Specimen Data in Public Datasets

4 - How to Access Specimen Test Results

  • Considerations for Use
  • Data access
    • GWAS data
    • WHI Test Results data
    • Ancillary Study data

Contact the WHI Help Desk at if you need assistance or have questions.