Biospecimen Archive Research Core (BARC)

BARC is an IRB-approved, fee-for-service archive of biospecimens operated by the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. Various extraneous normal or abnormal specimens removed during medical procedures at the BMC have been procured from Boston Medical Center patients who have given informed consent for scientific research.

The BARC contains samples of frozen tissues stored at -80oC and/or blocked in paraffin. Investigators interested in acquiring samples must obtain IRB approval prior to access to biospecimen archive and use in their research. To access more information about the service we provide, visit the BARC page on the BUMC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine website.

Examples of Tissue Types and Diseases

Colon

  • IBD
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Colon Cancer
Tonsils

  • Obstructive Sleep Apnea
  • Tonsillitis
Parathyroid

  • Parathyroid Adenoma
Stomach

  • Stomach Cancer
Prostate

  • Prostate Cancer
Uterus

  • Uterine Cancer
Lung

  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma
  • Adenocarcinoma
Ovary

  • Ovarian Cancer
Thyroid

  • Papillary Carcinomas
Kidney

  • Papillary Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Renal Cell Carcinoma
  • Clear Cell Carcinoma
Breast

  • Ductal Carcinoma In Situ
  • Invasive Ductal Carcinoma
  • Invasive Lobular Carcinoma


This list serves only to highlight the range of archived tissues and may not reflect what is currently on hand. Interested researchers are encouraged to contact the BARC for current holdings.

Cost Recovery Fees
BU/BMC – $40 per block Outside BU/BMC – $80 per block

Contact Location
Cheryl Spencer
Core ManagerĀ /
(617) 413-1954
670 Albany Street, 3rd floor, Room 350