Shared Resource Overview
The Biospecimen Shared Resource (BSR), led by Andrew K. Godwin, PhD, plays a vital role at The University of Kansas Cancer Center by its ethical collection, storage, annotation and distribution of high-quality biospecimens, which are essential to support translational research and investigator-initiated studies. This essential shared resource to KU Cancer Center, which is housed under KU Medical Center’s Biospecimen Repository Core Facility (BRCF), holds over 9,000 tissues and more than 20,000 blood samples.
The BSR has five aims:
- Provide centralized and uniform collection, processing and storage (using standard operating procedures) of tissue and fluids. The BSR identifies participants, obtains informed consent, collects tissue, blood, urine and/or saliva samples from selected populations, and obtains information on personal and family histories of cancer, clinical intervention, and lifestyle factors for use in research.
- Biospecimen repository support of investigator-initiated clinical studies.
- Provide expert histology support and pathological evaluations of tissue samples.
- Develop a de-identified database of clinical information relevant to the samples. The BSR will continue to obtain supporting data from the clinical record of each participant to better annotate samples and support clinical research.
- Provide biospecimens to KU Cancer Center members to examine relevant properties at the molecular, cellular and tissue level.
The BSR is fully equipped for biospecimen collection, processing and distribution, and thus, the BSR adheres to the NCI Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources and has developed Standard Operating Procedures to govern these processes.
Learn more about how patients can donate to the biospecimen bank.
All specimens are linked to comprehensive clinical databases supported by the Biostatistics and Informatics Shared Resouce.
Andrew K. Godwin, Ph.D.
Rashna Madan, MBBS, FCAP, FASCP
Learn more about the Biospecimen Research Core Facility staff.
Office: Main campus, ground floor of Wahl Hall West (G001 WHW), 913-588-4766
Laboratories: Main campus, ground floor of Hixon
- Biospecimen processing-G005 Hixon, 913-588-1718
- Histology-G013 Hixon, 913-588-1194