BRS staff solicit and collect blood (10 ml - 500 ml) from healthy donors for research. An experienced phlebotomist coordinates the collection, performed under protocols approved by the Wistar Institutional Review Board. 

Clinical Study Data Management

The core utilizes the CDETweb® system, which can be customized to fit individual project needs. Staff provide consultation, training and assistance for trial design, regulatory compliance, grant application budgeting, protocol preparation, data management, planning, implementation, storage, monitoring, reporting and regulatory submissions.

Sample Accrual for Clinical Studies

This service is provided in collaboration with the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center (HFGCC) at Christiana Care Health System. Through a joint Wistar-HFGCC Institutional Review Board, protocols are created for collection of fresh biospecimens, including fine-needle aspirate, biopsies, surgical resections, and biological fluids from cancer patients. HFGCC staff perform patient accrual, sample collection, and delivery for Wistar investigators with approved IRB protocols. Approved researchers have access to clinical study data through the CDETweb® system. Contact the BRSC to initiate a clinical study collaboration with HFGCC. Pilot projects, up to 10 samples for proof-of-concept, are also available.

Tissue Microarrays

Through collaboration with the HFGCC, tissue microarrays are created from a library of more than 5,000 formalin-fixed paraffin embedded donor tissue blocks, representing 58 tissues (e.g. ovary, skin, prostate, lung, breast). Tissue microarrays are provided free of charge for Wistar Cancer Center members. Orders for TMA are placed and monitored though a dedicated application in CDETweb® Toolbox, which requires an account.