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Prostate Cancer SPORE Specimens/Data Requests

Prostate Cancer SPORE Specimens/Data Requests
Thank you for your interest in the Prostate SPORE specimen bank and database!
To request specimens and/or data, please register and complete our online request process

After you submit a request, it will be reviewed by our disbursement committee comprised of senior scientists and clinicians on the SPORE. You will be notified of the committee's decision or concerns by email.

Specimen Types

Blood, serum, and frozen tissue can be provided more quickly than paraffin-embedded tissue due to storage and retrieval logistics.

Paraffin-embedded tissue may also have a higher cost associated with retrieval. However, this tissue type is also the most widely available and more likely to be approved in larger quantities or for pilot studies with unproven assays. If more than one specimen type would meet your needs and you would like additional guidance, please contact:

Karen Kaul, MD, PhD
Director, Prostate SPORE Specimen Procurement Core
kkaul@northshore.org
847.570.2052

Pathology Core Facility

The Prostate SPORE Specimen Bank is maintained by the Lurie Cancer Center's Pathology Core Facility. The Pathology Core has been established to provide biological specimens for use in research. Tissue are snap frozen or RNAlater preserved to facilitate RNA molecule and protein analyses or as specified. Special vacutainers for blood collection are also used for RNA and DNA. Verified pathologic diagnosis shall be provided for each specimen.
For additional information, please contact:

Adekunle Raji
Manager, RHLCCC Pathology Core Facility
a-raji@northwestern.edu
312.908.9595

IRB Approval/Exemption

IRB exemption or approval must be obtained prior to release of data or specimens.
Please send your IRB letter of approval or exemption to Katie Lewitt.
For all other questions about the specimen request process, please contact:

Katie Lewitt
Program Administrator, Prostate SPORE
klewitt@northwestern.edu
312.695.1329