Fulfilling Biospecimen Needs for Translational Research Around the World
The Biopathology Center (BPC) is a CAP-accredited biorepository with the primary objective of long-term acquisition and storage of a large number of cancer, normal and diseased biospecimens obtained from patients with Informed Consent, and related data for the purpose of supporting cutting edge research.
The BPC operates under the guidance of The Research Institute of Nationwide Children's Hospital. The research investigators supported by the BPC are not localized to one city, state, region, or even country - investigators worldwide look to the BPC to meet their needs. The broad diversity in age, geographic origin, sex, etc, of our specimen donors and the large number of specimens on hand constitute a large, statistically significant collection suitable for plausible research conclusions. While acquiring pediatric and adult cancer specimens (including leukemia) is our primary focus, virtually any non-infectious tissue is accepted into our inventory.
The Biopathology Center serves as the Biospecimen Core Resource for The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA).
TCGA, a coordinated effort supported by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute, is working to accelerate the comprehensive understanding of the genetics of cancer using innovative genome analysis technologies. As the primary interface between the TCGA program office and the Tissue Source Sites, the Biospecimen Core Resource coordinates sample shipments and data collection with institutions around the world.