biospecimen banks

CPDR Biospecimen Banks

New Challenges in Predicting the Clinical Course for CaP Patients

It is worth noting that well-characterized biospecimens from our group and others have already contributed immensely to the novel molecular discoveries made in the field of CaP research. Therefore, with a proven track record, the continued development and enhancement of the CPDR Biospecimen Bank holds great promise for much needed translational research at CPDR and at other institutions through collaborative research agreements.

The biospecimen storage and processing facilities that comprise the CPDR Biospecimen Bank are housed in four locations: the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNNMC) in Bethesda, MD; the headquarters of the Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR) in Rockville, MD; the Joint Pathology Center (JPC) in Washington, DC, and the Prostate Cell Center at the Department of Surgery of the Uniformed Services University (USU) in Bethesda, MD. These facilities have been processing biospecimens since 1993 and have a significant endowment of biospecimen resources. The biospecimen resources and analytical and processing services provided by these facilities have supported numerous studies conducted at the CPDR. These studies have resulted in over 60 peer-reviewed publications, 10 grants or CRADA, and five patents to date.

OBJECTIVES

  • Radical Prostatectomy Specimen Processing for Frozen Tissue Bank Generation
  • Histological Characterization
  • Radical Prostatectomy Specimen Processing for Fixed, Paraffin-embedded Tissue Bank Generation
  • Laser Capture Microdissection (LCM) of Prostate Tissues and Generation of
    LCM/RNA and Genomic DNA Bank
  • Development of Tissue Microarrays (TMA)
  • Peripheral Blood Collection and Processing to Generate Serum and genomic DNA Banks
  • Serum Preparation
  • Peripheral Blood DNA Bank

More recently, active collaborations have been sought by corporate partners and academic leaders to use CPDR Bio-specimens bank. A Biospecimen Oversight Committee and Research Opportunity Evaluation Committee have been instituted recently to monitor the prioritization of bio-specimens for in-house use and collaborations.

 

CURRENT EVENTS


March 20, 2014

Collaborative Summer Training Program for HBCU Undergraduates in Washington, DC

Dr. Shiv Srivastava received an FY07 PCRP Collaborative Undergraduate HBCU Student Summer Training Program award to provide foundational cancer research opportunities for undergraduates at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) through the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) – Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR). In this collaborative effort, Dr. Deepak Kumar served as the Partnering Principal Investigator at UDC. This program allowed UDC students with limited to no exposure in biomedical research to gain experience in state-of-the-art prostate cancer translational research.

Read the full Article in the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP) Prostate Cancer Reseach Program Brochure (pg 13).

 

 

CPDR April 2015
Distinguished Visiting Professor


Deborah Winn, Ph.D.

Deputy Director
Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
National Cancer Institute

Presentation: "Waterpipes and Health Effects:
Challenges of Studying Emerging
Tobacco-related Behaviors"

Date: April 2, 2015
Time: 1100 - 1200
Location: CPDR, Rockville, MD
2nd floor conference room

 

WRNMMC UsToo!
May 2015 Guest Speaker


CAPTAIN Timothy Donahue, MD

Presentation: "Rising PSA after Treatment for Prostate Cancer"

Date: 7 May 2015
Time: 7-8:30 PM
Location: WRNMMC, America Building, 2nd floor, Room 2525
Contact: COL (ret) Jane Hudak for more information at 301-319-2918 or
jane.l.hudak.ctr@mail.mil

(The presentation also may be viewed via video teleconference at the Fort Belvoir Community Hospital. Go to the Oaks Pavilion, 1st floor, Room 332, to participate.)

Read the February 2015 WRNMMC UsToo! Newsletter