Otolaryngology Biorepository and Tissue Collection Project
What is the goal of the study?
The majority of surgical procedures at Children’s are through the otolaryngology department, and the majority of those cases deal with conditions and systems that are only marginally understood. In the past several decades our understanding of cellular biology has increased through the development of new technologies to test biologic materials. However there is a large gap between basic science understanding of cellular biology and disease, and clinical practice. This proposal is designed primarily to collect tissue that would otherwise be discarded in order to provide the building blocks to bridge the gap between basic cell biology and clinical practice. Other samples will be collected as necessary. Having a repository of diseased and normal human tissue will enable us to apply new technologies to our understanding of human disease both for treatment and prognosis. We have previously maintained a vascular anomalies biorepository here at Children’s, and this has been integral in the research and advances we have made to understanding and caring for these patients. With available technology constantly changing, access to a variety of banked samples has allowed us to move research and care at an outstanding pace. We now intend to extend this work into other head and neck conditions to bring this benefit to a wider population of patients.
Who can participate in the study?
Please contact the study team listed below to learn more.