Apply for Specimens

Acknowledgment

To acknowledge use of this shared resource, please include the following in your publications: This research was partially supported by UNM Comprehensive Cancer Center Support Grant NCI P30CA118100 and made use of the Human Tissue Repository and Tissue Analysis Shared Resource, which receives additional support from The University of New Mexico School of Medicine Department of Pathology.

How to Apply for Specimens:

A. Schedule an initial planning/feasibility consultation:

1. Contact Cathy Martinez cfmartinez@salud.unm.edu or Sadie LaBauve elabauve@salud.unm.edu to schedule.

B. If you wish to use previously banked specimens already stored in the HTR:

1. Submit your proposal to the Tissue Research Oversight Committee (TROC). Contact Karen Capobianco for guidance in this process (KCapobianco@salud.unm.edu).

2. Once the TROC approves your proposal, send the approval letter with your application to the UNM Human Research Review Committee (HRRC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) https://hsc.unm.edu/research/hrpo/.

C. If you wish to have HTR-TASR personnel prospectively collect tissue for a specific project:

1. Submit your proposal to the Tissue Research Oversight Committee (TROC). Contact Karen Capobianco for guidance in this process (KCapobianco@salud.unm.edu)

2. Following TROC approval, the SRC will forward your request to the Division Chief of Surgical Pathology to ensure availability of the specimens while maintaining compliance with the national laboratory regulations and best patient care.

D. If you wish to have HTR-TASR personnel prospectively collect tissue for a specific project:

1. Contact the HTR-TASR for planning/feasibility session

2. Submit your proposal to the Tissue Research Oversight Committee (TROC). Contact Karen Capobianco for guidance on this process (KCapobianco@salud.unm.edu).

3. Once the TROC has approved your proposal, send the approval letter with your application to the UNM Human Research Review Committee (HRRC) Institutional Review Board (IRB) (see instructions above).

4. Contact the HTR-TASR for an additional planning session (usually required to clarify details of the process. This meeting includes obtaining approval from the Division Chief of Surgical Pathology to ensure availability of the specimens while maintaining compliance with national laboratory regulations and best patient care.

5. If you have tissue remaining after closure of your investigation, you must return it to the HTR.

E. If you wish to obtain tissues for approved clinical trials:

1. You must obtain approval from the local Human Research Review Committee if any portion of the collected tissue may potentially be used for research.

2. The Division Chief of Surgical Pathology or their designee must approve the method of sample collection to ensure that sufficient representative tissue is retained for clinical care.