Biospecimen Repository Service

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Director: Chen Liu, MD, PhD

Co-Director: Parisa Javidian

Manager: Kelly Walton

The Biospecimen Repository Service (BRS) supports basic, translational, clinical, and population-based research through the procurement and distribution of human biospecimens. The BRS coordinates activities to assure efficient movement of human biospecimens through the acquisition-processing-analysis-distribution pathway for protocol driven and de-identified tissue specimens. All biospecimen collection, accession, and storage at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is done by the BRS shared resource.

The specific objectives of this shared resource are:

  • To identify, procure, process, annotate, bank and distribute high-quality human biospecimens in the requested quantities and state of preservation for use by center members with IRB approved clinical, translational, and basic protocols
  • To provide clinical, pathological and histological annotations for biospecimens while maintaining strict patient confidentiality via the implementation of an “Honest Broker” system
  • To implement and maintain a caBIG-compliant data warehouse (OnCore®) to facilitate storage of clinical information
  • To provide consultation to investigators in the design of research protocols that require tissue procurement for scientific purposes and to optimize the collection of primary and correlative data from clinical and laboratory studies
  • To facilitate investigator compliance with and navigation through regulatory processes (SRB, IRB, HIPAA) to promote performance of high quality, safe, and ethical research


The Biospecimen Repository Service shared resource of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey is a specialized service facility that supports the cancer research efforts of our members.

This facility is supported primarily by the Cancer Center Support Grant (CCSG) from the National Cancer Institute.  Additional support may be provided from other sources, such as chargeback systems, institutional funding and/or other grants. The support from the CCSG allows the facility to provide benefits to Cancer Center members, such as ensured access to services or subsidies to user rates.

Please remember to acknowledge the valuable services provided by the Biospecimen Repository Service shared resource in your research papers, publications and grant applications. The following acknowledgement statement is recommended:

"This research was supported by the Biospecimen Repository Service Shared Resource of Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (P30CA072720)."

(Note: please also consider including the names of individuals from the shared resources if they provided any intellectual input or additional effort.)


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