NC Tissue Consortium (NCTC) (Liaison: Dr. David Collier)
Through the CHHE partnership with ECU, members will continue to have access to the NCTC. The BSOM’s Division of Surgical Oncology, through the UNC 16 campus University Cancer Research Fund administered by UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center, supports the NCTC, an IRB-approved tissue bank that procures surgical specimens. The objective of the NCTC is to facilitate cancer-related research by providing service for collection, storage, and distribution of normal and malignant human specimens. All patients who sign the consent form to donate tissue to the NCTC are assigned an identification number to protect their privacy consistent with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act guidelines. In addition to surgical tissues, demographic, treatment, and diagnostic information are shared with investigators. Tissue is procured after a pathologist has examined the specimen and obtained pertinent information necessary for patient care (e.g. diagnosis, inking of margins, etc.). Tissue types currently available include both diseased and normal tissues from breast, colon/rectum, pancreas, lung, soft tissue tumor, prostate, uterus, stomach, kidney, adrenal, liver, melanoma, and esophagus. Clinical data (e.g., age, gender, race, treatment, diagnosis) are organized in a searchable electronic database. CHHE members receive ECU rates and may seek assistance to identify appropriate samples through Dr. Collier or the Human Study Support Resource