Health Sciences Tissue Bank

Prospective Tissue Collection and Banking

The HSTB has implemented a unique inventory system called the Biospecimen Inventory and Operational System (BIOS). This web based system was activated in 2010 and is currently in use throughout the HSTB at the 4 flagship hospitals (Presbyterian, Shadyside, Magee and Passavant) and will allow for facile integration of demographic and medical records information with the tissue resources.  

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact us.

Tissue Banking - Tissue banking services are financially supported by funded grants or fee for service cost recovery. Please contact Susan M. Kelly or Nicole Pistorius to discuss how to obtain these services and for assistance in developing a budget.

Tissue and Biological Specimen Procurement* and Disbursement Services

Procurement and preservation of tissue and biological specimens
Storage and filing of specimens

-80°C Mechanical Freezers
Liquid Nitrogen Vapor Phase Storage

Retrieval of specimens for researchers
Providing appropriately sub-sampled tissue specimens
Fluid processing
Associated data entry on specimens procured
Robust Quality Assurance Program
CAP-Certified Facility

Ability for Researcher to use HSTB Collection and Disbursement IRB Protocol
Annotated Clinical Data for specimens procured by the bank, including confirmatory pathology and de-identified patient data. The HSTB:

Works with the UPMC CancerCenter Registry to obtain data on the continuance of care and detailed patient specific annotation
Can provide deidentified CoPath Pathology Reports
Collaborates with TIES (Text Information Extraction System)

* Grant only supported activity