Tissue Acquisition and the UACC Tumor Bank

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TACMASR banner - Tissue AcquisitionThe mission of the University of Arizona Cancer Center Biorepository is to provide high quality cancer and related tissue as well as body fluids to our collaborators. The Biorepository contains tissue that has been reserved by snap freezing OCT embedding media as well as FFPE tissue. Body fluids include whole blood, serum, plasma and urine. All samples have been de-identified, reviewed by a pathologist, clinically annotated and entered into the biospecimen software application Tissue Metrix.

Carole Kepler, TACMASR Biorepository Operations ManagerThe use of the tissue and biospecimens from the Repository is available to UACC members and collaborating investigators. First, Compliance with the University of Arizona Institutional Review Board (IRB) policies and approval requirements must be documented. Next investigators will then submit the proposal to TACMASR documenting the objectives of their study, preliminary data supporting their hypothesis, their research plan, and expected outcome. TACMASR will submit the proposal to the Biospecimen Oversight Committee for final approval.

Contributing surgeons have the right of first refusal for the use of the specimens which they or their team have contributed from their patients. They will be contacted by the Biorepository Staff prior to consideration of release of any of their specimens.

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Everyone involved in submitting specimens to the Tumor Bank must maintain a current CITI Certification. For more information read about our CITI Certification Program.