Today, the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation (Meso Foundation) announced the award recipients of its 2018 grant cycle funding for promising mesothelioma research.
The National Mesothelioma Virtual Bank (NMVB) collects and distributes tumor tissue and blood samples to the research community from consented patients. The specimens are stored with de-identified clinical data and that is made available for research. Investigators can search the study database to identify and request these materials via the NMVB website. NMVB is the largest and most accessible resource for biospecimens donated by mesothelioma patients.
NMVB currently has 1596 annotated cases and 1989 biospecimens including Paraffin Embedded Tissue, Fresh Frozen Tissue and Blood
Consultation and interpretive services are available: trained pathologists can provide assistance in staining, interpretation, scoring, and basic statistical analysis. In addition, consultation and planning for large-scale studies are available. Please e-mail us if you have any questions about our repository of paraffin-embedded, DNA and blood samples.
The yearly NMVB Face-to-Face Conference kicked off on June 7, 2018 at the University of Pittsburgh by Michael J. Becich, MD, PhD. Attendance included Roswell Park Cancer Institute (Dr.