Biospecimen Banking

      The HTRC provides storage of human tissue, whole blood, and other body fluids.
      Specimens can be stored under a number of conditions and are electronically monitored 24/7.

      Banking Tissue

      • You must have an approved IRB protocol.
      • Investigators must fill out a Service Application. This form can be found on the Forms/Manuals page.
      • A Tissue Bank meeting is required before the initial collection of tissue.
      • All linked protocols must have patient consent entered into LabVantage prior to the day of surgery. LabVantage training provided by the HTRC.

      Obtaining Tissue Samples

      • You must have an IRB approval letter or exemption letter. Control tissue does not apply.
        • Investigators with consented protocols should use LabVantage to request samples.
        • Nonconsented protocols and individuals without LabVantage access should contact HTRC staff with their sample requirements.
      • Path reports are provided with tissue samples.
      • Fees for data abstraction may apply, please inquire.

      Processing Body Fluid

      • You must have an approved IRB protocol.
      • Investigators must fill out a Service Application. This form can be found on the Forms/Manuals page.
      • A Tissue Bank meeting is required before any samples can be processed.
      • All protocols must have patient consent entered into LabVantage prior to the day of surgery. LabVantage training provided by the HTRC.
      • Kits should be provided prior to collection date. PBS can be provided by the HTRC. Additional reagents must be provided by investigators.
      • All samples should be sent to Tube Station 461 with a collection form, and should arrive no later than 4:00pm for bone marrow and 4:30pm for other body fluids. The collection form can be found on the Forms/Manuals page.
      • Notify the HTRC staff at tissuebank@bsd.uchicago.edu at least 24 hours prior to collection.

      Distribution

      Any tissue collected during a diagnostic procedure must be retained for a 2 week embargo period before release to an investigator.

      Any grievance regarding the distribution of biospecimens from the HTRC will be handled by the Biospecimen Collection and Allocation Group. Please see the Institutional Policy Regarding Biospecimen Allocation and Collection for details.


      Click here to view Fee Schedule.

      For general tissue banking and body fluid processing questions, please contact Mary Jo Fekete, 773-834-4593
      For data abstraction and sample inventory inquiries please contact Deirdre Anderson, 773-834-8393