- Decide if you want to obtain human biospecimens from the
BTRF as anonymous, coded-linked or identified specimens. This
will dictate the type of IRB approval under which the research is
conducted. If you receive anonymous samples, this is not considered
human subjects research, and UVA policy is that you do not need to
apply for any IRB review (skip to Step 3). Please understand that for
anonymous (de-identified) samples you cannot get additional clinical
information once you receive the samples, you cannot get additional
material from the same subject, and you cannot be assured that other
samples you receive from the BTRF do not belong to the same individual,
because the BTRF keeps no records of the donors' identities for
- If you wish to receive coded-linked or identified human
biospecimens, you must obtain an approved protocol for your
research project from the Institutional Review Board
for Health Sciences Research . If you wish to receive
coded-linked specimens, where the BTRF maintains a link to subject
identity but will not release this information to specimen recipients,
our IRB will usually grant expedited review. For instructions on how to
file such an application with the UVA IRB-HSC, click here. Send
a copy of the IRB review to the address given below.
Collection or distribution of tissue will not occur until this
documentation is provided!
- Obtain the appropriate training, approval, equipment and
supplies to work with human tissue and or fluids. See the Biosafety
Committee web-page for more information.
- Complete the application
Please consider your needs carefully. The larger the specimen aliquot
that you request, and the more strict the conditions that you specify,
the greater the difficulty we have in fulfilling your request. Please
feel free to discuss your requirements with the the Biorepository
Manager or the Faculty Director (see Contacts ). Send
the form to the Biorepository Manager:
Dept. of Pathology
P.O. Box 800904
Ph. 982-6453 PIC#6551 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Rumpel's office is in the basement of the Carter-Harrison
Medical Research Building (MR6), Rm. B705A
By completing the application and initiating your request,
you indicate that you understand and will comply with the following
- You will comply with the provisions of the IRB approval regarding
human subjects research.
- The Biorepository does not screen samples or subjects for any type
of infections, and therefore the researchers and all laboratory
personnel should observe universal precautions. You must
understand that in receiving anonymous or coded-linked samples, subject
identity cannot or will not be disclosed even in the event of exposure
of laboratory personnel to potentially infectious material. It
is assumed the investigator adheres to all University of Virginia
policies and procedures regulations regarding biohazardous materials,
including the appropriate training of, and notification of risk to, all
personnel exposed to these materials.
- All University of Virginia policies and procedures regarding
transfer of material to a third party apply to these biospecimens.
The transfer of coded-linked and/or identified human materials
to individuals or entities not authorized by the IRB-HSR is a violation
of Federal Law.
- You will reimburse the BTRF according to the published fee
structure for materials and services that you receive.
- To justify the investment by UVA in this facility, you must agree
to acknowledge the contribution of the Biorepository and Tissue
Research Facility in any publications arising from the use of these
samples. We also request that a copy of the manuscript(s) be sent to us