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PR Biobank

The purpose of the Puerto Rico Bio-bank (PRBB) is to facilitate the collection, processing, and storage of well-annotated human bio-specimens for use in investigator-initiated translational cancer research. Establishing a Bio-bank at the Ponce Health Sciences University (PHSU) is essential for the optimal collection, processing and distribution of samples needed for scientific collaborations between PHSU and Moffitt Cancer Center (MCC). Through the U56-funded PHSU-MCC Partnership, a solid infrastructure was put in place to develop the first tumor tissue bank in Puerto Rico, capable of the optimal collection, processing, and distribution of biological materials derived from the island's Hispanic population. Through this unique and invaluable resource, cancer tissues are already available to support studies on the biological determinants of cancer health disparities involving Puerto Rican Hispanics living in PR and Hispanics living in Florida. This resource will enhance the capacities of both institutions to conduct research that focuses on the molecular aspects of cancers specific to these populations.

PRBB Tissue and Data Request Form: https://is.gd/prbbrequest

Use this form if you are interested in obtaining biospecimens and/or data for your research project (full request).

PRBB Pathology Service Request Form: https://is.gd/PRBB_Pathology_Services 

Use this form if you have specimens such as slides (H and E, IHC, TMA, etc.) and you would like them to be evaluated by a pathologist for your research project.

PRBB Information Request Form: https://is.gd/PRBB_Info_request 

Use this form if you are inquiring about the number of biospecimens and/or data for your research project.


Click here to access the PRBB database.



MCC Tissue  Procurement Core PHSU Tissue Procurement Core
W. Douglas Cress, PhD Idhaliz Flores, PhD
Rodrigo Carvajal, MS Sonia Abac, RN
Edna Gordian, MA Dagmar Correa, MT, MS
Yairi Rivera-Torgerson, BS Maria Rojas, PharmD
Marilin Rosa, MD Zindie Rodriguez
Ed Seijo, MS  
Gabriela Wright, MS