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Research biorepositories are collections of biospecimens (samples of human biological material) linked to relevant personal and health information. These biospecimens are stored specifically for use in health and medical research and are utilised with the informed consent of the donor.
Several ethically approved research biorepositories are currently in operation on the Princess Alexandra Hospital (PAH) campus.
A research biorepository may go under a differing title (eg a tissue bank, a biobank, a tumour bank or a human biological material collection), however their objective is the same.
Their objective is to provide a resource for researchers to use to advance understanding of human health and disease. Research biorepositories are important for:
Metro South Health has established a comprehensive Research Biorepository Governance Framework which contains a policy and procedures.
Collection types currently held within Metro South Health include the following cancer types:
|Cancer Collaborative Biobank (CCB) - Haematological Malignancies (eg Leukaemia and Lymphoma)
Ph: 3176 5853
|Head and Neck Cancers
|Skin Cancer and Melanoma Research (Phenotypically Characterised Equivocal Melanocytic Proliferations)
Oesophageal, Gastric and Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour (GIST) Biomarkers Tissue/Blood Banking
|Melanoma and Soft Tissue Biobank
Ph: 3176 5621
|Queensland Brain Tumour Bank
|Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Biobank
|Kidney Cancer Biobank
|Lymphoma Biomarkers Research