Tissues and fluids are collected prospectively, as per the investigator’s protocol, or through patient consent for Ohio State protocol specific clinical trials. Banking can be provided to the researcher in various preparations including fresh, frozen, frozen OCT, frozen RNAlater, formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded tissue, unstained frozen section slide, unstained paraffin section slide, HE-stained paraffin section slide and frozen serum, plasma and urine.
All specimens are subject to an immediate gross examination. The diagnosis is then verified through frozen section, touch preparations or subsequent evaluation of permanent formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded histopathology slide preparations. With the exception of fresh shipments, the diagnosis of each sample is confirmed before the specimen is released to the investigator. Fresh specimens are provided to the investigator with a preliminary diagnosis, and the investigator is informed of the final diagnosis as soon as this information is available.
All samples are annotated with patient demographics including age, sex and race. If available, a de-identified pathology report is also provided for each sample. Additional patient information may be requested, but if a chart review is necessary, an additional charge is assessed.