The Lung Cancer Biospecimen Resource Network (LCBRN) obtains tissue and biofluid samples from lung cancer patients for use in biomedical research. Subjects voluntarily donate tissue, bronchial lavage fluid, blood, urine and saliva, and have all signed informed consent documents allowing the use of their samples in research.
The LCBRN is a network of 3 academic medical centers: Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), The University of Virginia (UVA) and Washington University in St. Louis (WUSTL). Biospecimens are collected at these sites according to standard operating procedures and are shipped to the LCBRN Coordination Center at UVA for storage.
The LCBRN is an open access biorepository that provides specimens to academic and private industry scientists worldwide. Researchers desiring material from the LCBRN must have local approval to work with coded-linked human biospecimens, must submit an application for review by the LCBRN Scientific Review Panel, and must have institutional approval for the provisions in the LCBRN investigator agreement.
LCBRN MISSION STATEMENT: The LCBRN will collect, annotate, store, and distribute human lung cancer biospecimens in a manner that embraces the highest ethical standards for human subjects research, that conforms to the best practices of biorepository science, and that furthers basic, translational and clinical research in the understanding, diagnosis and treatment of this disease.