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Human Tissue Acquisition Overview

The TPSR partnerresearchers with access to a wide variety of human specimens and tissues.  Our objectives are to collect, process, bank, and distribute remnant human tissues (both normal and abnormal) from routine surgical resections and autopsies for use by VUMC investigators in basic, clinical, and translational research studies.  Conveniently located near the operating rooms, we are well-situated and equipped to adhere to the specifications required for tissue acquisition outlined by most research protocols.

Our functions include

  • Providing access to archival pathology materials for IRB-approved research.
    • Archival material includes blocks and slides from the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Pathology Department.
  • De-identified and identified tissue is collected  as a joint effort with the Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN), leveraging the over 10 years of tissue acquisition expertise of that group.


Human Tissue Acquisition forms (TPSR and CHTN versions) must be submitted in the following way and provide a 24-hour notice prior to tissue acquisition:

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