Gynecologic Tissue Bank


  • Pending gynecologic surgery

Study Name

Blood, Tissue and Clinical Data Collection for Cancer Research/Gynecologic Tissue and Clinical Database Core Facility


The purpose of the Gynecologic Tissue Bank is to identify genes and/or other markers that influence a woman’s risk of developing cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs, as well as to discover new tests and treatments for gynecologic cancers and diseases. Researchers also aim to learn how individuals with a particular gynecologic disease will respond to treatments. Blood, tissue, and other body fluids will be collected and studied together with clinical and family history information.

The Gynecologic Tissue Bank will collect materials from individuals who may have cancer or other diseases of the reproductive organs, or individuals who are having gynecologic surgery for benign reasons (healthy controls).

Key Inclusion Criteria

  • All women must be over the age of 18.
  • Blood and tissue donors:
  • Previously scheduled for gynecologic procedures that involve the removal of all or part of the female reproductive system
  • Follicular Fluid:
  • Patients being seen in the Cedars-Sinai’s OB/GYN – Reproductive Endocrinology Division
  • Blood samples collected only:
  • Patients of the study investigator who are routinely seen for gynecological cancers
  • Saliva samples:
  • Women 18 years or older
  • Seen at Cedars-Sinai for gynecologic evaluation or routine gynecologic care
  • All subjects must consent to study

Key Exclusion Criteria

  • Minors
  • Men are excluded from tissue donation.

Please see complete list of inclusion and exclusion criteria.

Principal Investigator

Beth Karlan, MD

Co-Investigators Include

Mark Ault, MD
Ilana Cass, MD
Andrew Li, MD
Ronald Leuchter, MD
Margareta Pisarska, MD
Bobbie J. Rimel, MD
Christine Walsh, MD
Erica Wang, MD

Study Coordinator and Contact

Jenny Lester, MPH, CCRP
Phone: 310-423-6241





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