What are your hours or operation and where are you located?
Our hours of operation are Monday- Friday, 7am – 6pm. The UCB is located in Medical Sciences Building, Room 1252.
What types of biospecimens are available through the UCB?
The UCB maintains a large and growing collection of blood, urine, and tissue collected from individuals with cancer. Tissue samples are available as flash frozen, embedded in freezing media (e.g., OCT), and paraffin embedded.
How do I request services?
To request biospecimens and associated services please complete a Sample Request Form.
UCB personnel will first determine the feasibility of your request. Next, a governance committee will review your request. Committee members will review your request for scientific merit, alignment with institutional goals, and impact on the collection. Pending committee approval, the requested materials will be released to you.
Do I need IRB approval?
The UCB maintains IRB approval for the collection and distribution of de-identified biospecimens for research purposes.
All biospecimens and associated data are de-identified using a unique code. Information that could identify the donor is never provided to investigators in order to protect individual privacy and confidentiality. Often, use of de-identified biospecimens and data does not meet the federal definition of human subject research. However, we request all investigators submit and provide documentation of Not Human Subject Determination. Instructions can be found here: http://researchcompliance.uc.edu/hrpp/irb/NotHumanSubjects.aspx
Can you provide fresh tissue and biofluids?
Yes, the UCB can provide prospectively procured tissue and biofluids for your research. We ask that you provide your preferred collection media.
How large are the tissue samples?
The amount of tissue available varies based on anatomic site, procedure, diagnosis, and neoadjuvant therapy. Please carefully consider and document tissue size requirements in your Sample Request Form.
How many samples can I have?
There are many factors determining the number of prospectively procured or banked biospecimen available for your research study. Feasibility will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
How long will it take to receive the requested samples?
Fulfillment time for requests will vary depending on the requirements of your study and the availability of the requested samples. Please note that more restrictive specimen requirements (e.g., sizing, inclusion/exclusion criteria, etc.) will decrease availability.
Can you provide associated clinical data?
Yes, the UCB provides basic demographics (age, race, gender, etc.) and pathology findings free of charge. An hourly medical chart abstraction fee will be applied to requests for detailed clinical history or outcome data. All associated clinical data will be de-identified.
What is a Sample Usage Agreement?
Prior to releasing any biospecimens or data for your study, you will be asked to read and sign our Sample Usage Agreement. In signing this form, you agree not to attempt to identify the individuals from which the biospecimen was procured and that you will not share any specimen with third parties.