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Research biorepositories

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:

  • understanding the risk factors that underlie complex diseases
  • translating biomedical research into real improvements in health care, especially through advances in pharmacogenomics and personalised medicine, to minimise adverse drug reactions and ultimately the development of more effective therapies and outcomes for patients with malignant disease.

Metro South Health research biorepositories

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:

  • haematological malignancies e.g. leukaemia and lymphoma
  • head and neck
  • skin cancer and melanoma (phenotypically characterised equivocal melanocytic proliferations)
  • oesophageal, gastric and gastrointestinal stromal tumour (GIST)
  • melanoma and soft tissue
  • brain tumour
  • liver
  • kidney.
Last updated 5 April 2017
Last reviewed 3 April 2017