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Last Updated: 09/20/12

Finding Human Tissues for Research

NCI-Supported Specimen Resources

NCI Specimen Resource Locator

NCI Specimen Resource Locator is a searchable database that helps researchers locate specimens for research. The database includes resources such as tissue banks and tissue procurement systems with access to normal, benign, pre-cancerous and/or cancerous human tissue.

Researchers can specify types of:

  • specimens,
  • number of cases,
  • preservation methods, and
  • associated data

When no match is obtained, the researcher is referred to the NCI Tissue Expediter, a scientist who helps match researchers with appropriate resources or collaborators.

The NCI Tissue Expediter

The role of the NCI Tissue Expediter is to identify sources of human tissue specimens and to help researchers locate the tissue and related data that they need. The Tissue Expediter is a scientist with contacts in the resources community who can rapidly relate investigator needs to appropriate resources. The Expediter can also help researchers identify potential collaborators when those are necessary.

Contact the Tissue Expediter:

NCI Tissue Expediter
Executive Plaza North, Room 6035A
6130 Executive Boulevard
Rockville, MD 20892
Phone: 301 496-7147
FAX: 301 402-7819