Dr. Saccomanno's work on early lung cancer detection resulted in the accumulation (over ~50 years) of a collection of tissue specimens with corresponding medical, occupational and environmental exposure information for the subjects in these studies. This unique archival collection represents a modern-day treasure trove for current cancer researchers. The Saccomanno Research Institute has recently initiated a "Biorepository Improvement Project" to convert all specimen and corresponding medical information associated with this archival collection into a secure electronic database to improve access and tracking of these valuable resources in future research.

Because archival tissues and their associated diagnostic records where patient outcomes are known represent an invaluable resource for future biomedical research, the Institute working with St. Mary's Laboratory and Pathology group, has recently initiated efforts to further develop a fully annotated biorepository around the nearly 50 years of tissue samples available at St. Mary's Hospital.

One of the key factors in research is to work collaboratively with other scientists and institutions, sharing knowledge, expertise, materials and data. Several collaborative studies between the Institute and other national and international groups are currently underway which utilize our archival samples. These collaborations involve research focused on the genetics and epigenetics of lung cancer progression, the role of microRNAs in cancer initiation and progression and the development of a prognostic lung cancer biosignature for non-small cell lung cancers (NSCLC).

How can I access the biorepository or questions regarding the biorespository
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Please note: In the near future, we will allow access to the database after completing a user profile. Check back for updated access privileges.