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Apply for Specimens

How to Apply for Specimens:

A. If you wish to use previously banked specimens already stored in the HTR-TASR:

  1. First, submit your proposal to the Scientific Review Committee (SRC). 

  2. Once the SRC approves your proposal, you send the approval letter with your application to the UNM Human Research Review Committee (HRRC) Institutional Review Board (IRB). If your study comes under Exemption #4, which means that all the material released to you is de-identified, you only need to fill out form HRP-582 (download the HRP-582 form), instead of having to fill out the ClickIRB form.

  3. After HRRC approval, you next submit a tissue request form to the HTR-TASR. To request tissue from the Human Tissue Repository and Tissue Analysis Shared Resource, please connect to the iLab Solutions website and initiate a service request: iLab Solutions website

  4. If you have tissue leftover after you have finished your project, you must return it to the HTR for potential future use.

B. If you wish to use paraffin embedded formalin fixed specimens that are stored and maintained by UNM Surgical Pathology (originally removed for patient treatment purposes):

  1. First, submit your proposal to the Scientific Review Committee (SRC). 

  2. After SRC approval, the SRC will forward your request to the Division Chief of Surgical Pathology to ensure availability of the specimens while maintaining compliance with national laboratory regulations and best patient care.

  3. Submit your proposal according to HRRC format to the HRRC and include the approval letter from the SRC and signoff from Surgical Pathology.

  4. If you have tissue remaining after you have finished your project, you must return it to the HTR for potential future use.

C. If you wish to have HTR-TASR personnel prospectively collect tissue for a specific project:

  1. Contact the HTR-TASR for a planning/feasibility session.

  2. Submit your proposal to the Scientific Review Committee (SRC). 

  3. Once the SRC approves your proposal, you send the approval letter with your application to the UNM Human Research Review Committee (HRRC) Institutional Review Board (IRB).

  4. Contact the HTR-TASR for an additional planning session (usually required to elaborate details of the process. This meeting includes obtaining approval from the Division Chief of Surgical Pathology to ensure availability of the specimens while maintaining compliance with national laboratory regulations and best patient care.

  5. If you have tissue remaining after closure of your investigation, you must return it to the HTR for future potential use.

D. If you wish to obtain tissues for approved clinical trials:

  1. You must obtain approval from the local Human Research Review Committee if any portion of the collected tissue may potentially be used for research.

  2. The Division Chief of Surgical Pathology or their designee must approve the method of sample collection to ensure that sufficient representative tissue is retained for clinical care.