UNM HSC Policy for the Oversight of Human Tissue applies throughout the HSC to “tissues” that are collected for research. “Tissue” has been broadly defined and includes but is not limited to tissue, blood, body fluids, cells, derivative nucleic acids, and proteomic materials. It creates the UNM HSC Human Tissue Repository (HTR) which includes the Central Human Tissue Repository (jointly sponsored by Department of Pathology and UNM CRTC), the human tissue holdings in all satellite UNM human tissue repositories and requires the creation of a database/informatics infrastructure to link them, forming a Virtual Tissue Repository.

The HTR is accountable to the Office of Research through the Human Tissue Oversight Committee (HTOC), which reports to the Senior Associate Dean of Research. The policy defines the HTOC membership that provides guidance and oversight to the Director of the Human Tissue Repository. The policy defines the categories and types of research tissues; where research tissues will be held; eligibility criteria and the process by which investigators can withdraw tissues from the HTR, including determining availability of tissue and submitting a research proposal to use tissue from the HTR. The policy defines the function and membership of the human tissue Scientific Review Committee (SRC) and scope of SRC review; the review of proposals for the use of unique, rare or nearly exhausted tissue samples; the suspension or termination of SRC approval; the veto and appeals process and the relationship of the UNM Human Tissue Repository to cooperate tissue procurement efforts such as the Gynecologic Oncology Group and Children’s Oncology Group.

Please contact Karen Capobianco (505-272-1127 or src@salud.unm.edu) before attempting to complete the application.

The SRC Form is a Microsoft Word document file. Download the SRC Application.

All applications must be submitted before the deadline to be added to the agenda.

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