The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center Tissue Resource (UTSTR)
Modern biomedical research relies on the use of high-quality human tissue for the analysis of the molecular pathogenesis and genetic basis of human disease. In the past, procurement of these tissues at U.T. Southwestern was accomplished on an ad hoc basis by a number of individual investigators to meet their individual needs. This resulted in the generation of a number of small tissue banks with variable quality. In addition, many investigators in the university research community were unaware of the nature of these banks or the availability of tissues. In order to provide a central source of high-quality human tissue for all investigators on campus, we developed the UT Southwestern Tissue Resource (UTSTR) as a core service facility to support biomedical research on campus. This facility is part of the Division of Translational Pathology within the Department of Pathology and the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center, and has been developed with input from the broader cancer research community on campus. In addition to providing tissue procurement services, the UTSTR supplies ancillary services for the isolation of DNA and RNA, laser-capture microdissection of tissue sections, and custom tissue microarray support on a fee-for-service basis. The advantages of this centralized facility include the efficient use of personnel and facilities, quality control provided by trained pathology staff, easy access to valuable materials to all university investigators, and the development of a key core laboratory for the support of the university and amp;apos;s comprehensive cancer center status from the National Cancer Institute.
Healthy or person with disease accepted
Aged 1 to 100 years
Male or Female
Any Race/Ethnic background
Ability to speak or read English, Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, or Russian.
Ability to give informed consent