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The National Cancer Institute Specimen Resource Locator

Monday, September 22, 2014 — Poster Session I

12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

FAES Academic Center




  • J. P. Demchok
  • R. Chuaqui
  • S. Marroulis
  • A. Glass
  • B. Fombonne
  • S. Taube
  • I. Lubensky


Abstract: The Specimen Resource Locator (SRL) is a public web site/database where investigators can locate biospecimen resources that may have the samples needed for their research. This database also helps biospecimen resources to increase utilization of available collections by matching resource to investigator. A “phone book” format describes biospecimen collections, including contact information and a link to the resource web site. Information on each collection includes: organ site, tumor type, specimen type, preservation type, types of data annotated, number of specimens and type of collection (clinical trials, procurement service, etc.). A SRL search result directs investigators to biospecimen resources where then can then inquire about a collection. The Cancer Diagnosis Program, DCTD, NCI is presently updating and expanding the SRL database which includes NCI-supported specimen resources (Cancer Centers, NCI Clinical Trials, SPOREs, Tumor Banks, Procurement Services, etc.) and will include other NIH-supported specimen resources in the future. The SRL helps investigators and resources to operate more efficiently by allowing investigators to search and contact biospecimen resources that best fulfill their needs. The SRL leads to collaboration in the scientific community.

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