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UCSF NIH Human Endometrial Tissue and DNA Bank

Sample Acquisition

If you are interested in samples, please fill out this quick survey to help us understand your needs! However, please note that this does not represent the UCSF Tissue Bank Request Form, which must be submitted and approved prior to receiving any specimens.


  • The Tissue Bank has a HIPAA secure web-based database (QuesGen, Burlingame, California).
  • It operates using standard operating procedures (SOPs)* for acquisition, processing, storage, and disbursement of tissue samples.
  • Samples are procured at 4 different sites in the greater Bay Area and are derived from participants (pre- and post-menopausal, aged 18–69 years) with symptomatic endometriosis, uterine fibroids, endometrial polyps, abnormal uterine bleeding (not cancer), adenomyosis, pelvic organ prolapse, and those with a normal uterus and pelvis.
  • Exclusion criteria include: known or suspected malignancy or pregnancy, recent hormone use, and significant systemic disease.
  • Thus, a variety of disease states affecting the endometrium and normal endometrium are available for research.
  • SOPs were developed and published in Fertility & Sterility in May 2011, as a comprehensive and systematic approach to the procuring human blood and endometrial tissue. This ensures the high quality, reliability, and scientific utility of bio-specimens available to investigators.

Related Link:
Biobanking Human Endometrial Tissue and Subject Blood Specimens: Standard Operating Procedure and Importance to Reproductive Biology Research and Diagnostic Development

UCSF NIH Human Endometrial Tissue and DNA Bank