Medical College of Wisconsin Tissue Bank

Top left: Ellen Schneider, Research Technologist; Mollie Patton, Pathologists’ Assistant; Jason Kirkpatrick, Research Coordinator; Matthew Dunham, Research Technologist Bottom Left: Mary Rau, Tissue Bank Manager; Saul Suster, MD, Tissue Bank Director; Allia Nelson, Research Coordinator; Mónica López, Laboratory Assistant

Medical College of Wisconsin Tissue Bank

The Medical College of Wisconsin Tissue Bank is a secure storage facility where blood and tissue samples are kept for use in future research by staff here on the Froedtert and Medical College campus. Before the Tissue Bank existed, a research study would be approved and then the researcher would spend a majority of their time collecting their own blood and tissue samples before they could begin their research. Now that this facility is available, researchers can propose a study and request prepared samples as soon as the research has been approved.

The Medical College of Wisconsin Tissue Bank is continuously improving this process by providing researchers with blood and tissue samples that have already been collected. This expedites research and the possibility of discovering medications, finding new treatments and probable cures for diseases can happen much sooner. The bank has been working with surgeons, nurses and clinics in the Cancer Center to obtain consent from patients. Currently, the bank is working with cardiothoracic, orthopedic, OB/GYN, otolaryngology, neurology, hematology and oncology, breast care, interventional radiology, urology, radiation oncology, cardiovascular, and transplant surgery to achieve this goal.

Expansion of clinics where patients can be approached for consent has been approved by the IRB and patients can now be consented in all areas of the hospital. If you are interested in having your Froedtert clinic participate in consenting, please contact the MCW Tissue Bank at 414-805-8829.