Biospecimen Archive Research Core (BARC)

The Division of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine operates an IRB-approved, fee-for-service archive of biospecimens obtained from Boston Medical Center patients who have given informed consent for experimentation on any extraneous normal or abnormal specimens removed during medical procedures at the hospital.

The BARC contains samples of tissues frozen at -80oC and/or blocked in paraffin. Investigators interested in acquiring samples must obtain IRB approval prior to biospecimen access and use in their research.  The Biospecimen Archive Research Core can be accessed by visiting the BARC page on the BUMC Pathology and Laboratory Medicine website.

Examples of Tissue Types and Disease Entities Available

  • Breast cancer
  • Breast, normal
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Colon, normal
  • Crohn disease
  • Graves disease
  • Kidney cancer
  • Kidney, normal
  • Lung cancer
  • Pancreas
  • Parathyroid adenoma
  • Parotid and thymus glands
  • Prostate cancer
  • Thyroid cancer
  • Ulcerative colitis

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 and further information including the fee schedule.


Phone: 617-414-7089