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Washington University Pediatric Brain and Solid Tissue Core

Improving the understanding of cancer and disease one sample at a time...

The Washington University Pediatric Brain and Solid Tissue Core supports the work of investigators at Washington University and the scientific community through biobanking. The Pediatric Brain and Solid Tissue Bank collects, stores and distributes tissue samples obtained from surgical procedures at St. Louis Children's Hospital. 

The brain tumor repository includes malignant and benign tumors, NF1, seizure disorders and brain malformations, normal adjacent samples when available, and postmortem donations.  The solid tissue bank stores malignant and benign tissues including Wilms, neuroblastoma, hepatoblastoma, nephroblastoma, lymphoma, sarcoma, thyroid including Men2+, NF1 fibromas and normal adjacent samples when available.

Current services include frozen tissue; paraffin and OCT blocks; cerebrospinal fluid; cells as available;  associated data; matched serum; plasma; and normal DNA on most tissues. All samples were consented either under the Neuro-Onc Brain Tumor Bank or Children's Solid Tissue Bank before surgery.

Clinical, cytogenic, neurocognitive data (when available) and neuropathological assessments are available on request. Slide preparation, H&E and path review are available at additional cost.

To request the services of our biorepository, complete the tissue request form and a Biobank staff member will contact you to discuss your request.

Tissue Samples

The Brain Tumor Repository  was established in 2006, and the St Louis Children’s Tissue Bank opened in 2012. The focus of the Washington University Pediatric Brain and Solid Tissue Core is ever changing in order to meet the needs of the scientific community. Recent banking additions include: solid tumor bone marrow collection, liver transplant collection, seizure disorders and the expansion of the Legacy Brian Donation Program.  

If you have questions or special requests, contact us by completing the tissue request form.

Frequently Requested Brain Tissue

  • Astrocytoma
  • Atypical Teratoid/Rhabdoid Tumor
  • Cortical Dysplasia
  • Craniopharyngioma
  • DNET
  • Ependymoma
  • Ganglioglioma
  • Glioblastoma
  • Glioneuronal Tumor
  • Medulloblastoma
  • Oligodendroglioma
  • Pilocytic Astrocytoma
  • Pineoblastoma
  • Schwannoma
  • Subependymal Giant Cell Astrocytoma

Frequently Requested Solid Tissue

  • Adrenal
  • Breast
  • Fat Tissue
  • Head and Neck
  • Kidney
  • Liver
  • Lung
  • Lymph Node
  • Ovary-Fallopian Tube
  • Testis
  • Thoracic-Mediastinum
  • Thyroid
  • Thymus
  • Uterus