Biorepositories for NCI-Sponsored Cancer Clinical Trials


Below are links to additional resources that may provide necessary information for investigators seeking biospecimens for use in research.

The Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN) has been providing biospecimens to the research community for more than 20 years and will continue to provide quality biospecimens to IRB-approved researchers for many more.
This is a registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.

International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER)
ISBER provides information and guidance on the safe and effective management of specimen collections.

NCI Cancer Diagnosis Program
The Cancer Diagnosis Program (CDP) strives to improve the diagnosis and assessment of cancer by effectively moving new scientific knowledge into clinical practice. This national program stimulates, co-ordinates and funds resources and research on diagnostics and improved technologies to better characterize cancers to guide the choice of treatment as well as to evaluate the response to treatment.

NCI PDQ (Physician Data Query)
PDQ is NCI's comprehensive cancer database. PDQ contains summaries on a wide range of cancer topics; a registry of more than 8,000 open and more than 19,000 closed cancer clinical trials worldwide; and a directory of professionals who provide genetics services. PDQ also contains the NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms, with definitions for more than 6,000 cancer and medical terms, and the NCI Drug Dictionary, which has information on more than 1,200 agents used in the treatment of cancer or cancer-related conditions.

NCI Specimen Resource Locator
This is a database to help researchers locate human specimens (tissue, serum, DNA/RNA, other specimens) for cancer research.