Tissue Procurement and DistributionServices
The main service provided by the IU Simon Cancer Center Tissue Procurement Facility is to research investigators is access to quality-controlled tissues through a central facility. To provide this service, the facility:
- Obtains unfixed, remnant human tissue from routine surgical resections and autopsies;
- Maintains essential integrity of the specimen for clinical care of the donor, and
- Maintains donor confidentiality.
The facility has been developed to help investigators access frozen specimens. At this time, very few paraffin embedded blocks are stored as part of the frozen tissue bank. However, options exist for locating paraffin embedded blocks for research at Indiana University (see Additional Tissue Procurement Services below).
Policies and Procedures
Tissue procurement maintains patient confidentiality by using a database system, Oncore BSM, which utilizes unique patient identifiers and limits access by investigators to the encryption code.
Conflicts/problems are resolved by the oversight committee. A written or verbal request may be submitted to any committee member who will in turn present it to the entire committee to resolve.
Cost Recovery/Payment Policies
The advisory committee oversees the annual costs and charges for specimen collection, storage, distribution, and shipping. Payment is requested within 45 days after delivery.
Prioritization of work
The oversight committee sets the guidelines and procurement prioritization for various research groups. Indiana University researchers are given first priority, followed by outside collaborators such as Purdue, and followed by industry sponsors.
If research supported by the IUSCC Tissue Procurement and Distribution Core results in publication, please acknowledge this support by including the following in your publication(s):
We thank the IUSCC Cancer Center at Indiana University School of Medicine, for the use of the Tissue Procurement and Distribution Core, which provided __________ service.
Please notify the IUSCC Tissue Procurement and Distribution Core at IN-CANC-TissueBank@exchange.iu.edu of the publication. Thank you.