The UCSF NIH Human Endometrial Tissue and DNA Bank, established by Principal Investigator Linda C. Giudice, M.D., Ph.D., in 1999, resides at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), as a national resource supported by the NIH Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Reproduction and Infertility Research (SCCPIR). The objectives of the Tissue Bank are to acquire human endometrial tissue and matching blood samples after written informed consent under an IRB-approved protocol and with full HIPAA compliance, process these de-identified specimens and disseminate them for research by investigators supported by SCCPIR and other NIH-supported investigators in North America and other collaborators, globally.
The specific aims of the Tissue Bank are:
- 1. To recruit human subjects to donate endometrium, blood and DNA after written informed consent, and process, characterize, store, and distribute these specimens to SCCPIR participants and other researchers for use in in vitro experiments and in situ studies.
- 2. To characterize endometrial tissue so that users have a well-annotated database with regard to histology and clinical parameters.
- 3. To maintain a database on human endometrial tissue and blood specimens that is secure and up-to-date, in compliance with human subjects protection and HIPAA, and accurate for interpretation of results.