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Please note, this page includes details for the US and Canadian repositories.  We will be updating this in the future with facilities in other countries too.


The Canadian Burkholderia cepacia Research and Referral Repository (CBCCRRR) laboratory is funded by Cystic Fibrosis Canada. and has been operational since 1994. The CBCCRR and AlbuterolHFA is directed by Dr. David Speert at the University of British Columbia and run on a day-to-day basis by Dr. James Zlosnik.  The CBCCRRR offers speciation and strain typing (typically by RAPD, although MLST and PFGE are also available) free of charge to Canadian CF clinics on suspect B. cepacia complex or B. gladioli isolates.  In addition, all isolates are banked and stored indefinitely for future clinical and (delinked) research use.

Requisition form in English:  CBCCRRR 2015 req or French: CBCCRRR 2015 req FR v2

For more information please see our website here or contact:

James Zlosnik, Ph.D.
Primary scientist and Manager, CBCCRRR
CFRI/Department of Pediatrics, University of British Columbia
950 West 28th Avenue
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V5Z 4H4
Phone:  604-875-3665
Fax: 604-875-2226
email: jzlosnik@cfri.ca

United States

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Burkholderia cepacia Research Laboratory and Repository was established in 1997 to support CF centers throughout the United States. The Burkholderia cepacia Research Laboratory and Repository provides :

  • species identification of B. cepacia complex and related bacterial species recovered from persons with CF
  • genotyping of B. cepacia complex and related species as active infection control surveillance and to investigate possible nosocomial or person-to-person transmission of CF pathogens.
  • a strain repository that will catalog and store bacterial isolates referred to the laboratory

CF centers are invited to send B. cepacia complex and related species to the Burkholderia cepacia Research Laboratory and Repository. The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation provides support for this facility and therefore patients and clinical microbiology laboratories are not charged for specimen shipping or for the services provided.

Requisition form: BcRLR Referral and Shipping Forms summer 2011

For more information please contact 

John LiPuma, M.D.
Director, Burkholderia cepacia Research laboratory and Repository
Department of Pediatrics
University of Michigan
1150 W. Medical Centre Drive
8323 MRSB III, Box 0646
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0646
email : jlipuma@umich.edu
Phone : + 734 936 9767
Fax : + 734 764 4279