Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Flash Section


Katherine Crew, M.D., M.S., Director
Jeanine Genkinger, Ph.D., Co-Director
Anqi Yu, Resource Manager

The central function of the DBSR is to:

  1. Provide oversight and infrastructure for the development and maintenance of cancer-related clinical databases and biobanks for collection of data and biospecimens
  2. Enable linkage to clinical data and tumor registry data through a secure portal
  3. To procure and maintain a repository of human biological samples, clinical data and epidemiologic data for distribution to investigators, while also protecting the confidentiality of individuals donating to the repository in the course of their medical care and/or research participation
  4. To support and facilitate cancer research in the context of IRB and HIPAA regulations by articulating and implementing criteria allowing the acquisition, storage and distribution for research use of such data and specimens with or without linkage to personal health identifiers

See the user fees and policies link for a detailed description of DBSR services, resources available in each database, link to the on-line request form to access these databases, and fee schedule. For all service inquiries, please email dbsr@columbia.edu.

Existing clinical databases and biobanks at the Cancer Center:

  1. Bone Marrow Transplant
  2. Neuro-Oncology
  3. High Risk Breast Registry
  4. Breast Cancer
  5. Community Outreach (RRMO)
  6. Esophageal Cancer
  7. Genitourinary Cancer
  8. Liver Cancer
  9. Lymphoma
  10. Myelodysplastic Syndrome/Acute Myeloid Leukemia
  11. Pancreatic Cancer
  12. Pediatric Cancer
  13. Radiation Oncology
  14. Thoracic Oncology
  15. Tumor Bank