KTB News

Asian and Latina Focus Groups May 30 & June 20, 2015

The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute (CTSI) is a statewide collaboration of Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame, as well as public and private partnerships, which strives to help transition scientific discoveries from the lab into clinical trials and patient treatments.

The CTSI is asking women to take part in one of two focus groups – one for Latinas and one for Asian women – in an effort to receive feedback to assist in understanding cultural attitudes of donating tissue as part of a clinical trial.

The only eligibility criteria to participate in the focus groups is to be female, and either be of Hispanic ethnicity or a member of an Asian race. All ages may respond.

  • Dates: Saturday, May 30, 2015  (Asian group) and Saturday, June 20, 2015 (Latina group)
  • Please register only for the focus group that applies to your ethnicity or race.
  • Location: Indianapolis Public Library, College Ave. branch, 4180 N. College Ave., Indpls.
  • Time: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Refreshments will be served at the focus groups, and childcare will be available. Advance registration is required.  Hourly compensation of $20 per hour of attendance will be provided in the form of a gift card to Target. Maximum amount $60.

For more information or to register to participate, please contact Kathi Ridley-Merriweather, keridley@iupui.edu, 317-274-2366.

Dr. Hari Nakshatri recipient of 4-year VA Merit Award!

Dr. Hari Nakshatri, member of the Komen Tissue Bank Scientific Advisory Committee, has been honored with an award totaling $1,201,507, and will join the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center as a Research Scientist.  Serum samples from the KTB were part of the preliminary studies of this grant. Congratulations, Dr. Nakshatri!

Latinos under-represented in clinical trials

This article from the Houston Chronicle helps explain the importance of Latinos’ educating themselves about the value of participation in medical research.

Just Peachey: Bearing Fruit cookbook available now!

The Catherine Peachey Fund is a huge supporter of the KTB, has just launched a great cookbook, Just Peachey: Bearing Fruit. 20th Anniversary Edition. It makes a great Holiday gift! Purchase one here.

KTB Videos

Click here to see a variety of videos about donating tissue and the importance of donating as a minority woman.

Houston collection coming soon

The KTB will hold a tissue collection event in Houston on February 28, 2015,, at Baylor College of Medicine, McNair Campus, 7200 Cambridge, Houston, TX 77030. Women interested in donating tissue at this event should please join the Interested Donor List.  Minority women are especially encouraged to donate.  If you are a woman of color in the Houston area, and would like to donate your healthy breast tissue, click here to join the interested donor list. You will be emailed when registration is open. If you are male or ore not a minority female, please consider volunteering to work at the event by clicking here.

The research is coming, the research is coming!

To learn more about research that has been published using samples from the Komen Tissue Bank, please click here.

Repeat donations

The KTB will be starting a new project directed at trying to acquire second donations from women who donated at least five years previously.  We will get more information out to you as the project progresses.

The KTB is finally tweeting!

The Komen Tissue Bank is on Twitter! Here’s to our donors, volunteers, and researchers – come follow us! @KomenTissueBank

Upcoming KTB collection events

In 2015, we will hold one collection in Indianapolis, on Saturday, September 26th. Look for a collection to be scheduled in Detroit in 2016.

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