Lyme Disease Biobank

The Western Connecticut Health Network Lyme Disease Biobank, formerly known as the Lyme Disease Registry was established in 2010 and is the only known hospital-based Lyme disease biobank in the nation.  The mission of the Western Connecticut Health Network Lyme Disease Biobank is to foster research efforts in Lyme disease by maintaining a repository of biological samples such as blood, serum, and urine, as well as a comprehensive database of patients with Lyme disease. All research data are made available to researchers in the field in compliance with appropriate regulatory protocols, to further enhance cooperative research efforts.  

The bio-specimens and database information are critical to advance research efforts that are aimed at providing concrete solutions to some of the current barriers in the diagnosis and treatment of acute and late stage Lyme disease.

If you have ever been diagnosed with Lyme disease, you may be eligible for participation in this study, as well as other Lyme disease studies conducted at the WCHN Biomedical Research Institute. Contact us today at to see if you are eligible.

  • Joann Petrini, PhD, MPH, Principal Investigator
  • Lauren DiLello, Research Associate

As an emerging leader in advancing Lyme disease research, the WCHN Lyme Disease Biobank is embarking on new collaborations with researchers in the field. Collaborators include researchers who are developing novel urine-based testing for Lyme disease and the tick-borne disease prevention laboratory at Western Connecticut State University. Additionally, the Biobank continues to collaborate with investigators at the WCHN Biomedical Research Institute in advancing the development of a novel blood-based assay for Lyme disease. 

The WCHN Lyme Disease Biobank team also is dedicated to educating the public about tick-borne disease prevention and early detection.  

  • Lobraico J, Butler A, Petrini J, Ahmadi R. (2014). New insights into stages of Lyme disease symptoms from a novel hospital-based registry. J Prim Care Community Health 5(4):284-287.
  • Butler, A. D., Sedghi, T., Petrini, J. R., & Ahmadi, R. Tick-borne disease preventive practices and perceptions in an endemic area. Ticks Tick Borne Dis 2016;7(2):331-337 
    Butler, A. D., Carlson, M. L., & Nelson, C. A. Use of a tick-borne disease manual increases accuracy of tick identification among primary care providers in Lyme disease endemic areas. Ticks Tick Borne Dis 2017;8(2):262-265
  • The establishment of WCHN Lyme Disease Biobank initially was made possible through the generosity of a donor within the Greater Danbury community.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding awarded for serologic testing of WCHN Lyme Disease Biobank samples (2013-14).
  • Funding from Union Savings Bank to promote WCHN’s public education efforts on tick-borne disease prevention and early detection.
For more information about the Western Connecticut Health Network Lyme Disease Biobank or to schedule your appointment to join the Biobank, please call (203) 739-8383 or email