The Stephenson Cancer Center Biospecimen Acquisition Core and Bank was established in 2006 when the Stephenson assumed management of the Dawn Hope Tissue Bank, a large collection of gynecologic tissue samples. Since that time the Core has provided specimen collection, storage and processing services to members and other investigators.
The core’s Biospecimen Bank currently contains over 30,000 aliquotted samples collected since 2008, including tissue, blood, plasma, serum, cell and buccal samples. The Core utilizes an IRB-approved Universal Consent that allows patients at the Stephenson Cancer Center, OU Physicians or OU Medical Center to donate tissue or blood to the Biospecimen Bank. Over 3,500 patients have consented to participate since 2008. The Core has especially large specimen collections of gynecologic cancers and pancreatic cancer to support research in those disease sites.
The core also provides specimen collection, processing and shipping services to a large and active clinical research program at the Stephenson Cancer Center.