The Biorepository supports the procurement, storage and tracking of tissue samples and body fluids, from consented and deidentified collections. Researchers interested in collection activities should contact one of the biorepository pathologists for additional information. For all requests, please provide a detailed outline of the specific aims for your research project and the specific tissue / body fluid requirements (for some diagnoses, tissue / fluids can only be distributed as they become available). In addition, please provide: scientific rationale, anticipated techniques / assays using the specimens, number of specimens requested, type of preparation (fresh, frozen, RNAlater, formalin-fixed), and anticipated clinical information.
All specimens are retained anonymously, and patient specific (identifier) information is only released with appropriate, documented consent and written IRB approval.
- REVCO -80˚C upright freezer: Used to keep the frozen OCT tissue collection of the Biorepository.
- Harris -80˚C upright freezer: Used to keep the frozen NUNC collection of tissue samples, body fluids, and RNA samples from the Biorepository.
- Panasonic -80˚C chest freezer: Used to temporarily store samples being collected in the Biorepository prior to permanent storage.
- Summit Refrigerator: Used to keep DNA samples from the Biorepository.
- Thermo Scientific 4.3 liter LN portable tank: To snap-freeze the tissue samples in a NUNC vial.
- Thermo Safe storage chest dry ice container: Used to store daily dry ice for the Biorepository use.
In order to evaluate your request, Biorepository personnel require that you provide the following information:
- Complete the Specimen Request form, and provide a list of approved grant support for your research program (i.e. federal grant number, foundation or other private support, and identify current collaboration or mentor-trainee affiliations), as well as assurance of your institution IRB approval, and a GCO fund number, as requested in the form.
- Provide an abstract or list of specific aims that clearly describe the project for which you will use human tissues or body fluids including a detailed explanation about the collection protocol you need.
- Read, sign and return the Human Specimen Handling Risks and Safety Precautions Statement. This will acknowledge your responsibility in understanding of and adherence to appropriate safety standards for the protection of yourself and other laboratory personnel under your supervision while handling human tissues / body fluids.
- Read, sign and return the Human Specimen Single User Agreement. This will acknowledge your responsibility in not distributing any portion of the tissue / body fluids to colleagues or other investigators, and that all such inquiries will be directed to the Biorepository personnel.
- Read, sign and return the Biorepository Acknowledgment Agreement. This will indicate that you have agreed to provide specific acknowledgement of the MSB in any publications related to the use of these tissues / body fluids.
All requests will be reviewed in the order which they are received. You will be notified regarding the status of the request and if approved, when specimens are available for pick-up in the Department of Pathology. You will be assigned a project number (BRC ID), which needs to be used in all communications with Biorepository personnel regarding this specific project.