The Human Tissue Repository (Biorepository) specializes in the collection and storage of human tissues following surgical resections. The collections are consented by the participants and the consents are approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) prior to the collection of samples. The tissues are handled by Pathologists, Certified Pathologists’ Assistant and Research Associates and the tissues are stored according to the standard protocols to maintain the quality of the tissues with basic information and medical records. The data management is maintained by a highly secured bioinformatics with easy computerized tracking and linking of tissues and medical information, protected by HIPAA and ethical requirements. The Human Tissue Resource offers clinical and translational services; tissue-based research services; tissue preservation techniques; resource management; and a wide variety of Anatomic Pathology laboratory services including tissue processing, histology (H and E), and Immunohistochemistry as well as Laser Capture-Microdissection (LCM) that captures and pools specific cell population within a tissue specimen thus facilitating the analysis of a heterogeneous tissue to accurately assess a specific analyte within cell populations of interest. The Human Tissue Resource also provides centralized support structure for existing sample repositories and it is open to other research institutions or investigators that may necessitate the storing and processing of their Biospecimens.
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Scott Vandenberg, MD, PhD
Professor of Pathology, UCSD
Director of Neuropathology