Biospecimen Services


BSSR Director: Heather Hampel, MS, CGC
OSUCCC Clinical Research Operations Director: Nancy Single, PhD

The broad mission of the OSUCCC Biospecimen Services Shared Resource (BSSR) is to support cutting edge translational research to advance the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer. The BSSR is comprised of three arms as described below.

Arm 1: Total Cancer Care (TCC)
PI: Heather Hampel, MS, CGC
TCC Operations Director: Laura Monovich, MBA
TCC Consent Director: Cecilia DeGraffinreid, MHS

The first arm is a universal consenting and biobanking protocol, Total Cancer Care (TCC). Total Cancer Care® allows for the collection of blood in conjunction with clinically indicated draws and remnant tissue from surgical procedures from patients 18 years of age and older, with and without cancer, who are seen at The James. Participating patients also consent to the use of their medical and genomic information. This lifetime consent allows for recontacting patients for an annual health status update if needed, and/or to notify them about opportunities to participate in clinical trials for which they are eligible. Plasma, serum and DNA, along with snap frozen tissue are stored for future research. The collected biospecimens are stored at the College of American Pathologists approved BSSR Biorepository located at OSU's Polaris Innovation Centre. Researchers may receive samples and data with subject identifiers with prior IRB-approval, or de-identified and coded-limited data sets without additional prior IRB approvals.

TCC is the single protocol used by the Oncology Research Information Exchange Network (ORIEN), which was formed through a partnership between the OSUCCC – James and Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Fla., as a collaboration to accelerate cancer research discoveries that can translate to more effective clinical care. Using TCC, ORIEN will create a collaborative, “rapid-learning” environment that will share de-identified patient data to hasten the development of targeted treatments and more quickly match eligible patients to clinical trials. The network currently numbers 17 cancer centers.

Arm 2: Prospective Procurement
Scott Scrape, MD

The second arm of the BSSR provides prospectively procured tissue and fluid biospecimens from surgical procedures to OSUCCC investigators who are in need of pathology samples that have not been previously banked. Samples are processed according to protocol.

Arm 3: BSSR Biorepository
BSSR Biorepository Manager: Jason Bacher, BA

Arm 3 of the BSSR provides biospecimen processing and banking services to investigators for IRB-approved and grant-funded projects, including but not limited to SPOREs, P01s, statewide initiatives and Pelotonia-funded initiatives.

Contact Us:

Arm 1 – TCCP
for general TCC questions and protocol coordination:

Heather Hampel, MS
2012 Kenny Road, Room 257
Columbus, OH 43221
Phone: 614-293-7240
Heather.Hampel@osumc.edu

Nancy Single, PhD
1590 N. High Street, Suite 535
Columbus, Ohio 43201-2178
Phone: 614-293-7516
Nancy.Single@osumc.edu

For specimen and data access:

Laura Monovich, MBA 1
590 N. High Street, Suite 525
Columbus, Ohio 43201-2178
Phone: 614-293-3675
Laura.Monovich@osumc.edu

Arm 2 – Prospectively Procured Biospecimen Samples

Scott Scrape, MD
N343 Doan Hall 410 W 10th Ave
Columbus, OH-43210-1267
Phone: 614-366-1579
Scott.Scrape@osumc.edu

Arm 3—BSSR Biorepository

Jason Bacher, BA
Polaris Innovation Centre
2001 Polaris Parkway
Columbus, OH 43240
Phone: 614-366-7993
Jason.Bacher@osumc.edu

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