Biorepository and Tissue Research Facility (BTRF)

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Biorepository and Tissue Research Facility (BTRF)

We are the major core facility at UVA involved in the procurement and processing of human tissue and other biospecimens for research purposes.

  The BTRF:

  • provides tissue samples from remnant surgical resection and autopsy specimens linked to clinicopathologic data while maintaining patient confidentiality.

  • assists clinical trials in the collection and processing of blood, urine and tissue samples.

  • assists in the retrieval of archival histologic slides and tissue samples from the Department of Pathology.

  • offers histology-based research services to support basic, translational and clinical research.

Since there is a limited amount of tissue samples available, we provide tissues to investigators in the following priority order:

  1. Peer reviewed funded investigators (including Federal and National laboratories).

  2. Non-reviewed funded investigators.

  3. New investigators and academic investigators developing new research projects.

  4. Other investigators either inside or outside of the University of Virginia.

  5. Commercial entities.

The activities of the BTRF are monitored by and advised by members of the BTRF Advisory Board.