Cooperative Human Tissue Network - Western Division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Biospecimen Quality & Training

Histology Quality Control

The Cooperative Human Tissue Network follows similar guidelines for the histologic Quality Control (QC) assessment of tissue samples procured for research studies. Below is a Powerpoint presentation displaying the guidelines.


RNA Integrity Levels

The charts shown below are examples of how important biospecimen quality is to the CHTN Western team. As seen through the diagrams, CHTN Western is proud to maintain high levels of RNA integrity.

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Example of the importance of bioquality to CHTN Western


Electrophoresis File Run Summaries






















Electrophoresis (Chip Summary)























Electrophoresis (Chip Summary)


Biospecimen Training


The CHTN Western team has been trained on liquid nitrogen handling, as described in the excerpt below from the "Guidelines for Safe Work Practices in Human and Animal Medical Diagnostic Laboratories".

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