Frequently Asked Questions About the MCW Tissue Bank
Why am I being asked to participate in the Tissue Bank?
Any patient of Froedtert has the opportunity to donate for research as long as they meet the criteria for the bank. If you are 18 or older, able to speak and read English and are of sound mind or have a legally authorized representative capable of making decisions, you are welcome to participate.
What kind of research may be done with my samples?
The Tissue Bank collects specimens for many types of research, but the bank is not directly involved in any research. Researchers request the samples that they need from the Tissue Bank. The Tissue Bank does not know what type of research may be done with samples that we collect at this time. However, rest assured that all research conducted at Froedtert and the Medical College must be approved by our Institutional Review Board (IRB).
What is the Institutional Review Board or IRB?
The IRB is a committee of doctors, researchers, and members of the community who are responsible for protecting the rights, welfare, and privacy of all individuals who participate in research sponsored by The Medical College of Wisconsin as well as Froedtert Hospital. The IRB reviews studies involving human subjects to ensure safety, compliance with laws and regulations, scientific quality, and ethical standards. Specimens donated to the MCW Tissue Bank cannot be used for research without the permission of the IRB.
Is this about donating organs or other body parts in the event of my death?
No, organ donation is not something covered by the Tissue Bank. In the event of a patient’s death, any agreement that a patient has entered into regarding organ donation will be honored accordingly. The MCW Tissue bank only collects blood and discard tissue from surgeries.
Can I donate blood even if I have infected/contaminated blood?
Yes, specimens collected are not used for other patients and are simply stored for research.
Can I donate blood even if I am worried about the effect of the blood draw on my health?
The amount of blood taken (less than 1 tablespoon) does not pose any increased risk for the patient. Also, the blood is drawn during a routine blood draw, so the patient will not be stuck by a needle solely for the purposes of the Tissue Bank.
Can I donate tissue and no blood or vice versa?
Unfortunately we cannot separate the process within our program. There may be other research on campus that suits your needs. Check out the Clinical Trials page to find ways you can participate.