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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 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:
Researchers can contact the Principal Investigator (PI) or Laboratory Manager of the specific research biorepositories directly to discuss processes for accessing samples. For more information please contact the Centres for Health Research or contact the research biorepository directly by utilising the contact details below. The PI and/or Laboratory Manager will in turn describe process to access materials in compliance in compliance with the Metro South Health Research Biorepository Governance Framework. Please note, researchers are required to obtain institutional support and Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) ethical clearance for the research project prior to accessing samples. If undertaking research in Metro South Health please review information regarding the ethical clearance and research governance authorisation of research.
|Research biorepository||Laboratory manager||Principal Investigator|
|Cancer Collaborative Biobank (CCB) - Haematological Malignancies e.g. Leukaemia and Lymphoma||Megan Ellis|
Ph: 3176 5853
|Head and Neck Cancers||N/A|
|Skin Cancer and Melanoma Research (Phenotypically Characterised Equivocal Melanocytic Proliferations)||N/A|
Oesophageal, Gastric and Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumour (GIST) Biomarkers Tissue/Blood Banking
Ph: 3343 8025
|Melanoma and Soft Tissue Biobank||Michael Gartside|
Ph: 3343 8025
Ph: 3176 5621
|Queensland Brain Tumour Bank|
|Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders Biobank||N/A|
|Kidney Cancer Biobank||Glenda Gobe|
|Lymphoma Biomarkers Research||N/A|