Research Tissue Services

Among the most valuable resources to our investigators is human tissue for use in basic science, translational, and clinical studies, and clinical trials. The Department of Pathology and Microbiology is committed to furthering the research of all UNMC investigators and assisting faculty in accessing the material they need. Listed below are the requirements and departmental personnel to facilitate requests for tissue from UNMC tissue banks and the clinical archives for various purposes.

For Basic Science and Translational Research

FRESH AND FROZEN TISSUES
Fresh and frozen tissues obtained at the time of surgery

Facility
Pathology department or frozen section laboratory (FSL)

Primary Technical Contacts
Tissue Services Technologist: Salma Elhag or 402-559-4123
Lead Pathology Assistant: Travis Rinehart or 402-559-9208

Requirements
1. Approved IRB protocol of study
2. Contact Technical Staff
3. Clearance by Drs. Lazenby or Talmon
4. Coordination with Dr. Ly's staff 

Reference Pathologists
Dr. Geoffrey Talmon or 402-559-4793
Dr. Audrey Lazenby or 402-559-4901

Reference Surgeon
Dr. Quan Ly
Archived Frozen Tissue

Facility
Tissue Procurement Shared Resource (TPSR)/Frozen Tissue Bank

Primary Technical Contact
Yimin Sun or 402-559-8135

Requirements
1. See TPSR website for requirements

Reference Pathologist
Dr. Julia Bridge or 402-559-7212

PARAFFIN EMBEDDED TISSUE
Archived Tissue for Research (deidentified)

Facility
UNMC Paraffin Tissue Bank

Primary Technical Contact
Tissue Services Technologist: Salma Elhag or 402-559-4123

Requirements
1. Approved IRB protocol of study or exemption documentation
2. Contact Tissue Services Technologist

Reference Pathologists
Dr. Geoffrey Talmon or 402-559-4793

Archived Clinical Slides/Blocks

Facility
Slide Room/Histology

Primary Technical Contact
Tissue Services Technologist: Salma Elhag or 402-559-4123

Requirements
1. Cases must be >2 years old
2. Collaborate with a UNMC Pathologist on study
3. Approved IRB protocol of study or exemption documentation
4. Contact Tissue Services Technologist
5. Clearance by Drs. Lazenby or Talmon

Reference Pathologists
Dr. Geoffrey Talmon or 402-559-4793
Dr. Audrey Lazenby or 402-559-4901

Reference Personnel
Debhora Hamler or 402-559-4298

 

For Clinical Trials

Prospective Tissue collected at time of surgery
Facility
Pathology department or frozen section laboratory (FSL)
Primary Technical Contacts
Tissue Services Technologist: Salma Elhag or 402-559-4123
Lead Pathology Assistant: Travis Rinehart or 402-559-9208

Requirements
1. Completion of clinical trials request form
2. Approved IRB protocol of study
3. Contact Technical Staff
4. Meeting with pathology staff prior to procedure(s) to coordinate logistics
5. Clearance by Drs. Lazenby or Talmon
NOTE: It is the responsibility of the study/nurse coordinator to process and ship all material

Reference Pathologists
Dr. Geoffrey Talmon or 402-559-4793
Dr. Audrey Lazenby or 402-559-4901
Archived Clinical Slides/Blocks to be sent to external institutions
Facility
Slide Room/Histology
Reference Personnel
Salma Elhag or 402-559-4123
Debhora Hamler or 402-559-4298

Requirements
1. Prior approval from Drs. Talmon and Ganti
2. Completion of clinical trials request form
3. Approved IRB protocol of study
4. Provide cost center associated with IRB for charges

Reference Pathologists
Dr. Geoffrey Talmon or 402-559-4793
Dr. Audrey Lazenby or 402-559-4901