Discontinued Availability of Custom Case Sets of Full Tissue Sections from the NCI Cooperative Breast Cancer Tissue Resource (CBCTR)

Notice Number: NOT-CA-09-003

Key Dates
Release Date: October 24, 2008

Issued by
National Cancer Institute (NCI) (http://www.cancer.gov/)


Since its inception in 1994, the NCI Cooperative Breast Cancer Tissue Resource (CBCTR) has provided the research community with specimens of formalin-fixed, paraffin-embedded breast cancer tissue with their associated pathologic and clinical outcome information. Thus far, specimens have been provided in two forms:

  1. in the tissue microarray format; and/or
  2. as full sections of material cut from case sets, which have been assembled according to investigators’ specifications.

Effective immediately, the CBCTR suspends acceptance of further requests for custom case sets of full tissue sections, due to reductions in funding.  Until further notice, new letters of intent for full tissue sections will not be accepted.

Investigators who have initiated the application process must submit their completed applications on or before November 15, 2008.  Please follow the application instructions at http://cbctr.nci.nih.gov.

Requests for tissue microarrays WILL CONTINUE to be accepted (see NOT-CA-09-004).  For further information, please go to the CBCTR website at http://cbctr.nci.nih.gov/tma2.html.


For questions or further information about this Notice, contact:

Tracy G. Lively, Ph.D.
Diagnostics Evaluation Branch
Cancer Diagnosis Program
National Cancer Institute, NIH
6130 Executive Boulevard, Room 6042, MSC 7420
Bethesda, MD 20892-7420 (for U.S. Postal Service express or regular mail)
Rockville, MD 20852 (for non-USPS delivery)
Telephone: 301-496-1591
Fax: 301-402-7819
E-mail: livelyt@mail.nih.gov


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