Biospecimen Resources for Population Scientists


Potential Sources of Biospecimens for Investigators

This list provides links to biospecimen resources that may be of interest to cancer epidemiologists, but is not exhaustive. Access to resources is dependent on procedures outlined for each individual study or resource. Availability may depend on suitability of proposed research, collaboration with study investigators, ethical considerations, approval from a steering committee, or availability of samples to perform study.

Compiled Lists and Search Tools for Sources of Biospecimens

Biospecimen Information for NCI-Supported Studies


Agricultural Health Study (AHS)*
AIDS and Cancer Specimen Resource (ACSR)
Alpha-Tocopherol, Beta-Carotene Cancer Prevention Study (ATBC)*
Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC)*
Black Women's Health Study*
Breast and Colon Cancer Family Registries (CFRs)
Carotene and Retinol Efficacy Trial (CARET)
Cooperative Breast Cancer Tissue Resource (CBCTR)
Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN)
Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS)*
The North American Breast Cancer Group (NABCG)
The Nurses' Health Study (NHS)*

Prostate, Lung, Colorectal, and Ovarian (PLCO) Cancer Screening Trial*
Southern Community Cohort Study (SCCS)*
Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) - Prostate Cancer Prevention TrialExternal Web Site Policy (PCPT)
Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) Residual Tissue Repository (RTR) Program
Women's Health Initiative (WHI)

*This cohort is a member of NCI's Cohort Consortium.

Other Study-Specific Biospecimen Information

In this section are other studies, biobanks, and resources with biospecimens with procedures for access or sharing of biospecimens.

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Policies and Best Practices for Biospecimen Research

NIH Biospecimen Resources

Other Biospecimen Resources

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Epidemiology and Genomics Research Program (EGRP) contacts for questions about biospecimens related to cancer epidemiology research:

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