University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

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Translational Pathology Facility

The Translational Pathology Core has been continuously under the leadership of Dr. Sue Ellen Martin since its founding in 1998. Dr. Wendy Cozen became a co-director of the core in 2016, leading the Population-Based Tissue Arm that she developed. This NCI-funded Shared Resource provides a single point of access for Cancer Center members needing tissue procurement and banking services.

The specific aims of the Core are to:
  1. procure, bank, process, track, and distribute both fresh/frozen and formalin-fixed, paraffin embedded (FFPE) normal and tumor tissue biospecimens necessary for laboratory-based, epidemiological, and hospital-based clinical studies being conducted by USC Norris Cancer Center members;
  2. procure, maintain, and track discarded FFPE tumor tissue blocks from local regional hospitals identified through the Cancer Surveillance Program (CSP) for the population-based LA Residual Tissue Repository (RTR), which corresponds directly to the catchment area;
  3. ensure that all studies utilizing tissue have appropriate documented IRB approval and that protected health information (PHI) is not released unless there is a signed written Informed Consent;
  4. incorporate innovations in tissue procurement and banking methodology to meet investigator-led research. The Core continues to have three components, or Arms: Adult, Pediatric and Population-Based. Together, these Arms provide an integrated, single stop service.

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