The Institutional Tissue Bank (ITB) at MD Anderson is a CLIA-certified research specimen repository developed for the purpose of collection, processing, storage and distribution of patient tissue samples, fluids, and related clinical data across the MD Anderson research investigators and on behalf of the institutional protocols.
ITB has developed clinical research methods and infrastructure to ensure optimal conditions for sample processing prior to either quick distribution or long-term storage based on the research protocol requirements. Quality of the specimen makes the material especially valuable to MD Anderson investigators.
By using ITB’s services, researchers will be able to save their time and funds that then can be applied to further aspects of their projects.
The services offered include assistance with sample pick-up from clinics and facilities across the institution, immediate preservation and detailed sample tracking in our data base.
The Institutional Tissue Bank performs:
- Tissue sample processing (fresh, snap frozen, in media, fixed in RNA-later, frozen in OCT, fixed in formalin)
- Blood sample processing (serum and plasma centrifugation, PBMC isolation and cryopreservation)
- Bone marrow aspirate(BMA) processing
- Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) processing
- Other processing required by a specific protocol
- Shipping the materials outside the institution.
- Shipping of biological material collected and processed at MD Anderson on behalf of patients.
MD Anderson researchers may request our services through MD Anderson Biospecimen Information Management System (BIMS) at: https://biobank.mdanderson.edu/