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Welcome to the Health Sciences Tissue Bank  
The Health Sciences Tissue Bank (HSTB) is funded and operated through a partnership between the Department of Pathology within the School of Medicine, the Office of the Senior Vice Chancellor for Health Sciences and the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI).

The Health Sciences Tissue Bank (HSTB) provides central support for University of Pittsburgh research programs needing tissue materials for research from patients seen at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC). The main objectives of HSTB are: (1) to provide a mechanism to simplify and streamline the process of research tissue accrual and disbursement, and (2) to provide efficient research pathology support services. (more)

Services provided by HSTB include:

Tissue Banking- Most tissue banking services are financially supported by funded grants. Please contact Susan M Kelly to discuss how to obtain these services and for assistance in developing a budget.
  • Tissue and Biological Specimen Procurement and Disbursement Services
  • Honest Broker Services for tissue-related studies
  • Annotating Clinical Data for specimens procured by the bank, including confirmatory pathology and de-identified patient data relevant to the day the patient sample was taken.
  • See Services for further information.
Research Histology- Research histology services are financially supported through a fee-for-service mechanism. A detailed list of services with pricing may be found on the price list.
  • Embedding, cutting and staining of tissue
  • Immunohistochemistry including evaluation of novel antibodies.
  • Image analysis
  • See Services for further information
Tissue Microarray Services- Tissue microarray services are financially supported through fee-for-service. See Services for further information.