31 MAR 2020 COVID-19 Biospecimen Repository Committee Letter
In a written announcement dated March 13, 2007, Dr. Arthur Levine, Senior Vice Chancellor for the Health Sciences, Dean, School of Medicine, notified faculty of the Health Sciences of a policy on the use of biological materials, as well as a requirement to register all sample collections.
- The updated policy Governance of Use and Transfer of Human Biological Materials in Health Sciences includes the updated instructions on how to register the repository with the Human Biological Material Committee (HBMC).
- Inquiries may be sent to: HBMC@pitt.edu
Updated Biorepository Registration:
Your Biorepository ID# will be emailed to you within 48 hours of completion of the registration.
If you already registered your biorepository and do not have the id number, you may obtain it at www.pbd.pitt.edu (accessible only from Pitt and UPMC computer networks). If you need assistance or a more rapid response, then contact Paul Wood
If the biorepository that contains the samples that are being transferred has already been registered, then provide the Biorepository ID # via email to:HBMC@pitt.edu.
The Biorepository ID serves as confirmation of registration of the repository for CORID applications, Material Transfer Agreements and Office of Research Clinical/Research agreements.
Human biological materials represent a precious resource in the furtherance of biomedical research and, as such, always should be used in an ethical manner, with due care and diligence and in ways that will provide the most benefit to investigative endeavors and the generation of new information. Individuals who have so generously provided these materials are shown the highest level of respect when materials are utilized in a manner that maximizes the collective efforts of our investigators and new data generated. One of the ways to accomplish this is through sharing of available material within the Health Sciences community.
The types of human biological material include:
*Subcellular components such as DNA and RNA
*Cells or tissues from any part of the human body
*Organs (liver, kidneys, heart, etc.)
*Blood and blood products such as plasma, serum, red blood cells)
*Bodily products, such as hair, teeth, urine, and saliva
Immortalized cell lines are excluded.
Organisms such as bacteria and viruses isolated from human specimens are not human biological materials.