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Tumor Tissue Bank

As medicine charts new technological frontiers, such as bioinformatics, translational medicine and targeted therapies, notions of Tissue Banking are rapidly evolving. Tissue banking is on the forefront, allowing researchers to utilize resources such as paraffin-archives. Tissue Banks will ultimately function as cores for discovery of information essential to improving patient care. In a combined effort the Abramson Cancer Center and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine have a shared vision that will provide investigators the resources and organizational capabilities to maximize the potential of using tissue for basic and translational research. In addition to undertaking tissue banking for the Cancer Center, the core will also work to define data driven standards for tissue banking practices at Penn.

The Tumor Tissue Bank will create an extensive and robust bio-specimen and data repository by integrating efforts of Cancer Center investigators. The facility will also bank de-identified bio-specimens, while providing bioinformatics capabilities. Access will be determined by research protocols. Investigators banking efforts and data will be unified through a new sophisticated web-enabled database that is currently being customized. Investigators will use this database to easily identify and request material, regardless of physical location.

For a full description of this service, please visit the Core's website: