VUMC CHTN (Cooperative Human Tissue Network) Western Division

Overview of Services

The Cooperative Human Tissue Network - Western Division at Vanderbilt University Medical Center is one of six institutions apart of the network funded by the National Cancer Institute to procure and distribute remnant human tissues and fluids to biomedical researchers throughout the United States, Canada and now internationally.

The Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN) operates through a shared networking system which allows investigators greater access to available research specimens. The CHTN offers a variety of preparation and preservation techniques to ensure investigators are receiving the quality specimens needed for research.  Remnant tissues are obtained from surgical resections and autopsies and are procured to the specifications of the investigator.



Core Director:  Kerry Wiles


Location and hours of operation

Hours Location

Monday - Friday
8:00am to 5:00pm    

1301 Medical Center Drive          
4920 TVC Bldg.
Nashville, TN 37232


Links and Resources

Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN) Western Division


Billing Number Activation

 VUMC Investigators with VUMC center numbers:
  All VUMC billing numbers are activated in iLab via a nightly feed from Workday. Grant Worktags are auto-assigned to the PI's lab group. All other funds (Cost Centers, Gift or Program Worktags) must be claimed within the PI's Lab Group.
 VU Investigators with VU CoA or POET numbers:
  VU users will manage the VU billing numbers via the webform on the VUMC Office of Research website
 Vanderbilt Investigators with VA (Veteran Affairs) funding: 
  Contact the VUMC Office of Research at to request access to your VA funding.  All investigators with VA funding are assigned a VA billing number (999999xxxx). The VUMC Office of Research manages VA billing numbers in coordination with the VA Research Administration.