Tissue and Tumor Bank FAQ

The most frequently asked questions we receive are listed below. 

For more information, please inquire through our Request Specimens Form.

Tissue Bank Frequently Asked Questions

What services does the Tissue Bank generally provide?

For a full list of services, please visit the Services page.

The most common requests the Tissue Bank receives are for:

  • Unstained tumor sections with corresponding H&E slides
  • Snap frozen tissue for protein DNA or RNA extraction
  • Frozen sections or fresh tissue samples

Do I need IBC approval to make a request?

If you are a first time user of fresh tissue, you may need to amend Section D in your UMass IBC protocol. 

Please Note: It is the responsibility of the Principal Investigator to be familiar with relevant regulations and guidelines from different federal, state and local agencies. Please see the UMass Institutional Biosafety Committee's website for more information.

Do you have a catalog of available samples?

With such a dynamic collection of samples to choose from, we've found it more efficient to have our trained staff conduct searches. To make a request, please visit our Request Specimens Form and fill in as much detail as possible for the most accurate results.

Can you fill off-campus requests?

Absolutely! We are happy to work with other academic and commercial institutions.

What is the cost of your services?

For external pricing information, please complete the Request Specimens Form as thoroughly as possible and we will reply with a quote for our services.

Quoted fees are best estimates for requested service. Actual cost will be determined at completion of service.

For internal UMass-only pricing, please Contact Us.

Do I need IRB approval to make a request?

Yes, you will need either IRB approval or exemption for us to be able to fill your request. Most samples, however, will be exempt because they are deidentified and not collected specifically for research. The Tissue Bank can also facilitate the collection of consented material, which is subject to human research requirements. Either way, please contact us through our Request Specimens Form to find out about how we can help you. 

Can you stain slides?

Yes, the Tissue Bank does routine H&E stains and can help coordinate other stains as well. Inquire for more information. 

Can you review slides?

Yes, we can. The Tissue Bank Director is a board certified pathologist and can review slides for an additional cost.

What information is included with the samples you provide?

We can provide you with diagnosis information and a de-identified pathology report.

What size are your frozen tumor samples?

The average size is 150 to 200mg.

Do you also provide blood samples?

We do not bank blood samples ourselves, but we can help you find them. Inquire for more information.

For off-campus requests, how do you ship samples?

The Tissue Bank can ship on dry or wet ice through our UPS account or your FedEx account. For same day delivery in the Metro Boston area, we can also ship by courier.