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For Researchers

Pathology MCW Tissue Bank For Researchers

Overview

The MCW Tissue Bank is a secure storage facility that collects, processes and distributes blood and tissue for research on campus.

The MCW Tissue Bank is a College of American Pathologists accredited biorepository. Our protocols and services are rigorously assessed and validated to ensure the highest standards are met.

Services

Pathology MCW Tissue Bank For Researchers Services
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Biofluids

Services

  • Buffy coat lysis
  • PBMC processing
  • Simple blood processing
  • Cell counting

Samples

  • Whole blood – fresh or frozen
  • Plasma – fresh or frozen
  • Buffy coat – fresh or frozen
  • Cord blood – fresh
  • Plasma from cord blood – fresh or frozen
  • Buffy coat from cord blood – fresh or frozen
  • PBMCs
  • Serum from recovered COVID-19 blood samples – fresh or frozen
  • Bone Marrow MNCs (lysed discard samples from flow cytometry) – fresh or frozen
  • Fresh bone marrow (acquired from surgical resections)
Tissue

Services

  • Fresh tissue procurement
  • Snap freezing

Samples

  • Fresh tissue
  • Snap frozen tissue
  • Formalin fixed paraffin embedded FFPE) tissue
  • Frozen tissue shaves
Histology

– Histology services related to bank samples and specialized projects

– Tissue Array Construction

Tissue Microarrays (TMA)
Standard core-based tissue microarrays (TMA)

 

Cutting-Edge Matrix Assembly (CEMA)
Tissue arrays by Cutting-Edge Matrix Assembly (CEMA)

 

Sausage Array
Sausage arrays for use as positive and negative controls

 

Cell Pellet Array
Core-based cell pellet microarray

 

– Tumor biomarker analytic support

Multicolor Immunofluorescence Histo-cytometry
Multicolor quantitative immunofluorescence histo-cytometry

Storage, supplies, and other supplies
  • Data logging and labeling samples
  • Monitored, secure -80°C storage
  • Media, storage containers, and laboratory supplies
Other Services

Other services available upon request.

MCW Tissue Bank Programs

General Tissue Bank

General Tissue Bank

Consent Form

This is a lifetime consent and we consent for:

  • One additional blood draw during a regularly scheduled clinic lab draw
  • Otherwise discarded tissue from any future surgery, including bone marrow, tumor and control tissue

Availability to query available samples and deidentified clinical data with the help of CTSI’s i2b2 Cohort Discovery Tool. Deidentified clinical information we can provide:

  • Race
  • Age
  • Pathological diagnosis

Participation Information

To participate in the MCW Tissue Bank subjects must:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be a patient of Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Speak and read English (consent form is only available in English currently)
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Maternal Research, Placenta & Cord Blood Bank

Maternal Research, Placenta & Cord Blood Bank

Consent Form

We consent each pregnancy for:

  • Peripheral blood draw – usually takes place at approximately 20 weeks, but can be collected postpartum
  • Cord blood at time of delivery
  • Placenta and cord blood

Participation Information

To participate in the MCW Tissue Bank subjects must:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be a patient delivering at Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Speak and read English (consent form is only available in English currently)
Learn more
COVID-19 Bank

COVID-19 Bank

Consent Form

To participate in the MCW Tissue Bank subjects must:

  • Be over 18 years of age
  • Be a patient of Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin
  • Speak and read English (consent form is only available in English currently)
Learn more

MCW Tissue Bank Request & Distribution Process

Request via iLab

All requests for MCW Tissue Bank services or samples should be made through iLab, which allows researchers to order, track, and pay for core services in a convenient, one-stop location. A fee schedule for MCW Tissue Bank services and samples can be found in iLab. To register your study in iLab, click the Register link below. Then complete and submit the Specimen/Service Request Form.

Register in iLab

Committee Approval Process

Once your request has been made via iLab, the MCW Tissue Bank Manager will provide you with a quote for the services provided. When approved by the study team, the request is sent to the MCW Tissue Bank’s Utilization Committee, and if needed, the Executive Committee. Once the request is approved by Committee members, the decision will be communicated to the study PI.

Distribution Process

After Committee approval, MCW Tissue Bank staff will work on completing the study request. There is an approximate 2 week turnaround time for most requests.

Inquiry Form

If you are not ready to submit an iLab request and have general questions regarding MCW Tissue Bank services and samples, please fill out the Inquiry Form below. Inquires must be made by MCW faculty and their study team.

MCW Tissue Bank Inquiry Form