University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI)

CCSG Acknowledgement

Required CCSG Acknowledgement

The NCI requires that publications acknowledge the UPCI CCSG support, and they are tracking compliance. If a UPCI CCSG-supported Shared Resource provided data used in your publication, please include the following statement in the acknowledgment section of your publication(s):

"This project used the UPCI [insert name(s) of shared resource(s)] that [is/are] supported in part by award P30CA047904."

Shared Resource Directors: Please make sure to include this statement on all of your order forms, contracts, etc. as a reminder to your users to acknowledge the UPCI CCSG support.

Honest Broker Services

This Honest Broker System has been developed primarily to support faculty, staff, and graduate students who perform collaborative research with the following inter-related groups: University of Pittsburgh Department of Biomedical Informatics (DBMI), UPMC Department of Pathology, Health Sciences Tissue Bank (HSTB), Department of Otolaryngology of the Eye and Ear Institute, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC Gynecologic Oncology Division of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences and Womens Health, UPMC ISD/Pathology Informatics, UPMC ISD/Oncology Informatics and the UPMC Network Cancer Registry/UPMC CancerCenter Registry Information Services (RIS).

For further information, please read Dr. Dhir's Cancer article regarding our Honest Broker processes, or view the Honest Broker IRB Protocol and IRB Approval Letter.

Mission of the Honest Broker Service

To assure OHRP, IRB and HIPAA compliance for the release of human tissues and related information involving data stored in applications developed, managed and/or utilized by the Department of Biomedical Informatics, the Center for Pathology Quality and Healthcare Research, the Health Sciences Tissue Bank and/or the UPMC Network Cancer Registry.

Rationale for a Collaborative Honest Broker Service

  • Enhance collaborative research efforts between centers
  • Monitor requests for tissue & data use practices
    • Quality assurance and process improvement
    • Preparation for research
    • Non-human subjects research (IRB Exempt)
    • IRB-approved research
  • Purpose
    • De-identification
    • Honest research
  • Functioning
    • Tissue banker has the linkage codes
    • Strips identifiers (de-identifies)
    • Provides additional clinical and/or pathology information