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“Our limited understanding of the biology and developmental genetics of the normal mammary gland is a barrier to progress.” So states the report by the Breast Cancer Progress Review Group, which in 1998 compiled a list of 13 critical areas of breast cancer research and care in which “greater emphasis is now imperative.” Surmounting this particular barrier to progress is the raison d’etre of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure® Tissue Bank at the IU Simon Cancer Center (Komen Tissue Bank, or KTB).

It is a goal of the Komen Tissue Bank to acquire biomolecules and tissue specimens from the entire continuum of breast development from puberty to menopause. The KTB collects the following types of samples: fresh frozen tissue, formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue; blood products including whole blood, plasma, serum, and DNA from lymphocytes. The samples are collected, processed, and stored following stringent SOP’s modeled from the NCI Office of Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research (OBBR) Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources and from the International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Best Practices for Biospecimen Resources.

It is critically important that scientists use these specimens to conduct research which will provide insight into breast oncogenesis. We welcome researchers wishing to request our samples for this purpose.

Proposals are accepted four times per year: on or before February 1, May 15, August 15, and November 15. You can visit our Tissue Request Proposal Form page for more information.

The Komen Tissue Bank has unique samples from special cohorts, which are not available to the general popluation. To see a list of these cohorts, please, and to learn how to obtain them, please click here.

The Komen Tissue Bank is now processing some samples through a cryopreservation method.  To learn more, click here.

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