Find & exchange human cancer samples for translational research

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European cancer researchers or clinical based biobankers from OECI member institutes or cancer researchers that cooperate with cancer researchers working at an OECI member institute are allowed to participate. Furthermore, you must have published in cancer research or biobanking.

Since high throughput molecular techniques have entered the field of cancer research, the demand for collections of well-documented and high quality tumor tissue specimen has increased enormously. Even very large institute based systematic tissue banks require a long period of time to accrue sufficient numbers of specific or rare tumors.

Linking tumor tissue banks in a network can significantly shorten the time needed to obtain a large collection of well-documented and high quality tumor tissue specimens of defined subtypes. Sharing of samples is needed to be able to have enough samples to obtain statistical significant results and validate the findings. Sharing offers the opportunity to work together on the latest views and with cutting edge techniques in cancer research.

Keep custodianship over the samples
OECI-TuBaFrost is a virtual tumor tissue bank. The collected tissue samples remain stored at the collecting institute and under custodianship of the collecting institute. This means that the samples are not allocated to an organization that will decide to what requests and under what terms you should contribute your samples. These decisions remain the responsibility of the participating institute. As a consequence you can:
  • Still access the samples locally as you are accustomed to. You need only update the availability on the central database when those samples are locally in use.
  • Benefit from being part of a tissue bank network, where large amounts of high quality well documented tissue samples of specific and uncommon types are available.
  • Upload data of scientifically valuable collections, which can increase your chances to take part as contributor and/or collaborator in large scientific projects using new cutting edge technology.
  • Negotiate directly with the requestor in a completely autonomous way regarding collaboration, publication or cost compensation.
Access to the OECI-TuBaFrost database can however only be given after proper registration and will be limited to European cancer researchers or biobanker from OECI member institutes or cancer researchers that cooperate with cancer researchers working at an OECI member institute. For proper registration you need an institute related e-mail address. E-mail addresses from general mail providers like yahoo, gmail, hotmail etc. Registering with such an e-mail address will not be accepted. Moreover, if the mail extension does not refer to the institute you have given during registration you will not be accepted. Furthermore, you must be involved in cancer research or a bio-banker of a clinical based biobank based in comprehensive cancer centers or hospitals with a competence in comprehensive cancer care across Europe that is a OECI member or is in cooperation with a member of the OECI. Last but not least, in case you have samples to share, you also need to comply to the OECI-TuBaFrost standardization of frozen tissue, which is a nowadays commonly accepted standard.
In case you can comply to all mentioned above, you are welcome to   apply to become an active member of the OECI-TuBaFrost community.
You can join as a participant in the open access part, but you can also apply to become a project coordinator, so you can make use of the project support part. This you can choose at the   registration or your profile section later.
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