The Department of Pathology at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center (LSUHSC) has been designated by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute to centralize, maintain, and distribute the valuable material collected over a seven year period from 1987 to 1994 through the combined efforts of the cooperating institutions. For each autopsied subject there are more than 50 anatomically standardized arterial samples preserved in various ways plus liver samples, heart samples, serum, and adipose tissue. From most subjects there are quantitative data on major known coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factors (lipoproteins, smoking, hypertension, diabetes and obesity).

Investigators wishing to utilize resources in the Archive must submit a request for specimens and data to Dr. Jack Strong; Director of the Archive and Head of the Department of Pathology at LSUHSC. The proposal is reviewed by a Utilization Review Committee and if the decision of the Committee is favorable, the specific specimens required are selected and prepared for shipment. The investigators at LSUHSC and/or the Utilization Committee will collaborate and/or assist investigators using this material in the analysis of data and interpretation of results as needed.