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Tissue Donation Program

Clinical research often involves de-identified data or leftover patient specimens, such as tissue and blood samples. This research process is overseen through the regulated supervision of the Institutional Review Board.

What is a leftover specimen?

Blood or tissue which may have been removed during surgery or other procedures is sent to the Pathologist for medical analysis. A Pathologist is a doctor trained to examine a specimen under a microscope. After the analysis is completed and the specimen is no longer needed to make patient care decisions, the remaining sample is left over and available for donation to scientists with patient approval.

For Patients and Specimen Donors

Patients and specimen donors can provide permission to donate leftover specimens through the following ways:

  • During the Admitting Process, patients are provided with a copy of the Specimen Collection Consent Form and an informational brochure about donating tissue for research. If interested, patients can opt into the program.
  • Complete the consent form (link to attached) and mail it to:

Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital
Research Compliance Department
P. O. Box 689
Santa Barbara, CA 93102

For Researchers

Complete a Pre-Assessment Tool and DUC application procedures. Prior to receiving specimens, researchers will be required to execute a Material Transfer Agreement.

For more information, contact Tamara Norton, MHS, CIP in the Office of Research.