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TIES Study Request Form

  • If your study will require accessing biomaterials from institutions in the TCRN, you will need your IRB approval letter, IRB protocol, and the IRB approval letter and protocol of your co-investigator(s) at other TCRN institutions.

 

Research Information

  • Existing Study Information

  • The PI of the study must email ties@pitt.edu to confirm that you are a valid researcher on the study.
  • Only request the minimum access level that you require. You must provide more documentation to be approved for higher levels of access.
  • Study Information

  • Provide a title for your study along with a short (<5 characters) abbreviation that you want TIES to use when referring to your study.
  • For studies that involve FFPE, a local pathologist is required.
  • If you are planning to request access to FFPE, but you are not planning to use the HSTB through your pathologist, please provide the name of an alternative honest broker (optional).
  • IRB Approval

  • Your IRB Protocol must include use of TIES as a search engine. Otherwise, you will be required to modify your IRB. Email ties@pitt.edu if you have any questions.
  • Additional Users

  • List information for up to three additional users below.
  • Additional User 1

  • Additional User 2

  • Additional User 3

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TIES Cancer Research Network (TCRN)

  • The TIES Cancer Research Network (TCRN) is a national network of interconnected tissue archives. Partners include Augusta University, Roswell Park Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Pittsburgh.
  • The TCRN only provides access to Pathology data and tissue. You will have access to Radiology data only from the University of Pittsburgh.
  • Due to regulatory requirements, you must follow additional steps when conducting a TCRN study with biomaterials. You will need to complete the TCRN Specimen and Data Request Form. Once it has been determined that materials are available and can be shared, you will need to complete a Uniform Biological Material Transfer Agreement (UBMTA) before ordering tissue or other biomaterials. You must also agree to pay any fees for use of biomaterials.
  • Augusta University

  • The AU TIES node currently captures only Surgical Pathology reports for which cognate FFPE blocks can be tracked. A subset of cases are represented in the AU Biorepository for which flash frozen and serum samples may be available through a separate database query. No TMA blocks are currently available.
  • For studies that involve FFPE, a local pathologist is required.
  • Roswell Park Cancer Institute

  • The AU TIES node currently captures only Surgical Pathology reports for which cognate FFPE blocks can be tracked. A subset of cases are represented in the AU Biorepository for which flash frozen and serum samples may be available through a separate database query. No TMA blocks are currently available.
  • For studies that involve FFPE, a local pathologist is required.
  • University of Pennsylvania

  • The Penn Medicine BioBank offers access to the following biomaterials: frozen tissue, tissue in OCT, FFPE, and blood as plasma, serum, whole blood and DNA. Access to these materials will be considered on a case-by-case basis and may require collaboration with a Penn investigator. Fees may apply.
  • For studies that involve FFPE, a local pathologist is required.
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