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Biospecimen Services

The BSSR collects tumors, non-neoplastic tissue, peripheral blood, CSF and cystic fluid samples.  This includes neoplastic and non-neoplastic samples from multiple organs such as lung, kidney, liver, breast, pancreas, thyroid, thymus, lymph nodes, gastro-intestinal track, and soft tissue. 

Services Include

  • Participant screening and enrollment under the BSSR IRB consent within:
    • University of Miami Hospital 
    • Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center
    • Jackson Memorial Hospital 
    • Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Biospecimen Procurement (tissue, blood, fluid)
    • Fresh (upon request), Flash-frozen, Frozen in OCT (upon request), Formalin-fixed
  • Storage for all BSSR procured samples (when needed) within the Biorepository at Hussman Institute for Human Genomics (HIHG). 
    Storage temperatures:
    • Double-door refrigerators (4°C)
    • Freezers (-20°C)
    • Ultra-low Freezers (-80°C)
    • Liquid nitrogen (-196°C)
  • Biological Sample Processing:
    • Plasma/Buffy coat
    • Extraction of genomic DNA and RNA isolation (by the Biorepository at HIHG upon request)
    • Tissue Microarray (TMA): Galileo CK3500 semi-automated tissue arrayer, 0.6 mm, 1 mm, 2 mm cores
    • Patient-Derived Xenografts (PDX) (by Daniel Bilbao PhD, Developing Cancer Modeling Shared Resource at SCCC)
    • Digital whole slide scanning including H&E stain
    • Detailed microscopic image of collected tissue (upon request at no additional charge)
    • Tumor viability assessment and necrosis percentage (upon request at no additional charge)