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Tissue Procurement Facility Shared Resource

Facility Director: Teri Longacre, MD


Teri A Longacre, MD
Director of the Tissue Bank
Department of Pathology
300 Pasteur Drive, Lane Building
Stanford, CA 94305-5407
(650) 723-7211
(650) 725-6902 (fax)


The overall objective of the Tissue Procurement Facility (TPF) is to collect and provide needed tissue specimens to Stanford Cancer Center investigators to support their cancer-related research. TPF activities and services include collecting and banking freshly frozen tumor and normal tissues from excess surgical material and from autopsy, providing fresh tumor tissue for viable cell studies, processing and banking serum specimens from cancer patients, maintaining a tissue database with links to clinicopathological data, providing histological staining and pathological review, coordinating patient consent and ensuring regulatory compliance.


Procurement and Analysis Services

Support Services


The TPF is located in the Lorry Lokey Stem Cell Research Building, Suite G0815. Distribution of tissues to investigators and use of TPF equipment occurs at the facility. The facility hours are from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday. The working hours of the two tissue technicians are staggered to accommodate tissue procurements any time between 8:00 am and 6 pm on weekdays, ensuring capture of late-afternoon surgeries. The on-call surgical pathology resident also is available (for a fee) to accommodate infrequent “after-hours” tissue procurements.


To access tissues or other services, the investigator is encouraged to first contact the director (Dr. Longacre) to discuss and assess the general feasibility of the service request. The investigator then submits to the facility a completed Service Request Form (, which is reviewed by two committee members of the TPF advisory board. If additional expertise is required, the director may enlist a third ad hoc faculty member who is not on the committee. At the next committee meeting (currently held monthly), the service request is discussed, and the recommendation voted on by the committee. The investigator may appeal the advisory board’s decision in writing to the TPF director, and if the decision regarding the appeal is unsatisfactory to the investigator, a second appeal may be made to the Cancer Center associate director of shared resources. For approved requests, specimens are distributed only after receiving a copy of the investigator’s IRB/PRMS approval letters and a signed Letter of Research Agreement.


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