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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.
The objective is to provide a resource for researchers to use to advance our understanding of human health and disease.
Research biorepositories are important for:
Whilst a research biorepository may go under a differing title e.g. a tissue bank, a biobank or a tumour bank, their objective is the same. Several ethically approved research tissue banks, biobanks, tumour banks and human biological material collections are currently in operation on the Princess Alexandra Hospital campus.
Collection types currently held within Metro South Health include the following cancer types: