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.
- 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.
Quarterly Guest Speakers
Dr. Philip Arlen
National Cancer Institute
Topic: "Prostate Cancer: An Overview and Update of Novel Treatment Modalities"
There have been remarkable advances in the therapy for prostate cancer over the past decade. We will be discussing these advances as well as new treatment options in clinical trials.
Date: Thursday 5 May 2016
Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (America Building, 2nd floor, Room 2525) and Fort Belvoir Community Hospital (via video teleconference in Oaks Pavilion, 1st floor, Room 332).
Read the MAY 2016 WRNMMC UsToo! Newsletter
February 2, 2016
CPDR Urology Residents Take Top Awards at 2016 James C. Kimbrough Urological Seminar
Urology Residents conducting research at The Center for Prostate Disease Research (CPDR), Department of Surgery, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences and the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center presented their research at the Residents Competition category of the James C. Kimbrough Urological Seminar, San Diego, 2016.
January 11, 2016
A Novel Gene Alteration Associates with Aggressive Prostate Cancer in African American Men
The USU, Walter Reed-Bethesda and JPC collaborative team, through comprehensive evaluations of matched cohorts of African American and Caucasian American prostate cancers, previously established a higher frequency of ERG alterations in Caucasians (50-70%) and its significantly lower frequency in African Americans (20-25%). These intriguing observations actually provided the rational for the current study focusing on whole genome evaluations of prostate cancers from these two patient populations.