Medical College of Wisconsin Tissue Bank

Medical College of Wisconsin Tissue Bank

Dr. Suster and Mary Rau review the Tissue Bank's blueprints.

Dr. Suster and Mary Rau review the blueprints for the 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. Currently, once a research study is approved, the researcher must spend a majority of their time collecting their own blood and tissue samples before they can begin their research.

The Medical College of Wisconsin Tissue Bank can improve this process by providing researchers with blood and tissue samples that have already been collected. This expedites the process so that research can begin quickly, and, most importantly, the possibility of discovering medications and possible cures for diseases can happen much sooner.

The bank has been working with several surgeons and clinics in the Cancer Center to obtain consent from patients. Currently, the bank is working with thoracic, orthopaedic, OBGYN, head and neck, breast, and colorectal surgeons in the Cancer Center to achieve this goal. Jason Kirkpatrick and Jessica Meyer are the two full time research coordinators staffed by the bank who are dedicated to obtaining patient consent within these clinics.

Future plans include expansion of clinics where patients can be approached for consent. The remainder of the Tissue Bank staff are Mollie Patton, PA (ASCP), who procures tissues for the MCW Tissue Bank and other satellite banks and studies; Matthew Dunham, Research Technologist, processes blood, DNA, and RNA for the bank; Mary Rau, Tissue Bank Manager; , Director of Procurement and Quality Control for the Bank; and the Tissue Bank’s director and PI, Dr. Saul Suster.