Pitt Biospecimen Core

What's in the Bank?

Here follows a summary of the tissues we have to offer.  Please contact Phil Schumacher, schumacherpe@upmc.edu, if you have a specific inquiry about what is in the Bank.

We also have a search function within our Project Management Tool. If you need access to the Project Management Tool, or have any questions about how to request tissues or begin a prospective collection, please contact Nicole Pistorius, pistoriusnd@upmc.edu.

Please note, at this time, we have halted accepting new requests for archival tissues and prospective collections in order to complete current projects. We will update this page once new project requests can resume. If you have any questions, please contact Susan Kelly at kellysm@upmc.edu or 412-864-6658. (Research histology will continue their normal operations and are still accepting new requests.)

 

 

Grand Totals

Product type specimens
Blood 329397
Urine 38445
Other biological fluids 5429
Solid tissues 145736
Normal tissue 53068

 

Women's Health Focus - Breast samples from two time points

Time lapse Specimens
under 1 yr 165
1 yr 31
2 yrs 18
3 yrs 21
4 yrs 19
5 yrs 9
6 yrs 4
7 yrs 6
8+ yrs 17

 

Carcinomas

Type Cases tumors normal benign
Adenocarcinoma 7493 6569 7283 786
Squamous Cell 642 652 602 52
Adenosquamous 38 50 49 4
Ductal 3752 3350 4121 253
Renal 1144 2547 1409 2
Urothelial 596 849 712 1
In Situ 549 203 725 128

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Other Cancers

Type Cases tumor normal benign
Sarcoma 910 1706 655 79
Mesothelioma 197 477 74 1
Melanoma 355 476 104 2
Blastoma 38 53 3 0

 

Neoplasms

Type Cases tumor normal benign
Adenoma 1544 401 1362 241
Fibroma 534 90 804 300
Oncocytoma 77 151 43 0

 

Most abundant non-cancerous diseases

Type Cases Samples
Pneumonia 199 2799
Emphysema 116 1789
Diverticulitis 99 180
Crohns 225 424
Diverticulosis 119 250
Bronchiectasis 55 850
Colitis 177 302

 


Most abundant organs

Type Cases with blood with Tumor+Normal Total samples
Breast 7008 975 3369 27108
Ovary 6847 2460 1033 38061
Colon 3473 1445 832 8207
Uterus 3035 541 104 5620
Prostate Gland 2668 1885 20 17820
Lung 1877 64 303 11949
Kidney 1785 428 245 5920
Thyroid Gland 1722 1128 538 3164
Female Genitalia 1600 75 16 2157
Lymph Node 1464 698 10 2599
Soft Tissue 1239 97 42 3510
Liver 813 35 193 1779
Bladder 766 309 87 2632
Pancreas 720 110 249 1254
OMENTUM 687 262 33 1621
Small Intestine 642 119 68 1100
Stomach 365 35 87 668
Rectum 359 186 49 1179
Adrenal Gland 333 73 43 589
Skin 332 1 4 606
Testis 273 88 23 591
Seminal Vesicle 272 214 0 519
Esophagus 234 36 106 455

 


The Pittsburgh Lung Screening Study (PLuSS)

Year Serum Plasma Whole Blood Buffy Coat RBCs Urine
2002 3651 6003 3782 1929 3891 0
2003 6616 9789 5147 2992 6006 0
2004 5121 6886 3848 2113 4228 0
2005 917 1153 623 350 700 0
2006 5421 7497 0 1199 0 0
2007 8169 10964 0 1717 0 0
2008 7514 9981 0 1556 0 0
2009 7397 9759 0 1516 0 0
2010 7025 9226 0 1546 0 0
2011 8149 10626 0 2462 0 0
2012 7909 10366 0 2401 0 0
2013 7510 9810 0 2271 0 0
2014 6177 8001 512 1856 0 0
2015 5233 6842 540 1578 0 160
2016 4155 6038 559 1373 0 1426

updated 2020-10-01.