UHN BioBank (UHNBB)

The UHN BioBank is a comprehensive institutional biorepository supporting medical research throughout UHN. The facility is managed by Dianne Chadwick.

 

 

Overview
  • UHNBB is the largest academic biospecimen bank in Canada
  • Tissue, body fluid and blood specimens from UHN patients can be distributed fresh for stem cell and other studies, snap-frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen tanks, or embedded in paraffin blocks for future research use
  • A state-of-the-art biospecimen IT system interfaces UHNBB with other clinical and research databases at UHN
  • UHNBB is a key player in numerous personalized sample-driven clinical trials throughout UHN
Services
  • Access to human biospecimens including solid tissue (diseased and matched normal tissue), blood (serum, plasma, whole blood), body fluids and derivatives for research purposes
  • Tissue microarray (TMA) construction
  • Digital slide scanning and quantitative image analysis including analysis of TMA sections
  • Pathology/clinical annotation is available for some tumour sites
Using the Facility
  • Available to all UHN investigators based on institute/group UHNBB membership arrangement or individual funding
  • UHN Research Ethics Board and site group-specific approval required
  • Biospecimen requisition forms available upon request

Sample Preparation
  • Processing of samples is disease specific, following international best practices
  • Specific sample handling is available based on research protocols (e.g., fresh frozen tissue for xenografting)

Usage Arrangements
  • Collaboration with disease site pathologist recommended
  • Design and implementation of individual sample-centered research protocols
Contacts

UHN BioBank (UHNBB)
416-340-4744 (ext.14-4744)
Toronto General Hospital, NU11-208
200 Elizabeth Street
Toronto, ON, M5G 2C4
email: biospecimen.sciences.program@uhn.ca

The UHN BioBank is a comprehensive institutional biorepository supporting medical research throughout UHN. The facility is managed by Dianne Chadwick.

 

 

Overview
  • UHNBB is the largest academic biospecimen bank in Canada
  • Tissue, body fluid and blood specimens from UHN patients can be distributed fresh for stem cell and other studies, snap-frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen tanks, or embedded in paraffin blocks for future research use
  • A state-of-the-art biospecimen IT system interfaces UHNBB with other clinical and research databases at UHN
  • UHNBB is a key player in numerous personalized sample-driven clinical trials throughout UHN
Services
  • Access to human biospecimens including solid tissue (diseased and matched normal tissue), blood (serum, plasma, whole blood), body fluids and derivatives for research purposes
  • Tissue microarray (TMA) construction
  • Digital slide scanning and quantitative image analysis including analysis of TMA sections
  • Pathology/clinical annotation is available for some tumour sites
Using the Facility
  • Available to all UHN investigators based on institute/group UHNBB membership arrangement or individual funding
  • UHN Research Ethics Board and site group-specific approval required
  • Biospecimen requisition forms available upon request

Sample Preparation
  • Processing of samples is disease specific, following international best practices
  • Specific sample handling is available based on research protocols (e.g., fresh frozen tissue for xenografting)

Usage Arrangements
  • Collaboration with disease site pathologist recommended
  • Design and implementation of individual sample-centered research protocols
Contacts

UHN BioBank (UHNBB)
416-340-4744 (ext.14-4744)
Toronto General Hospital, NU11-208
200 Elizabeth Street
Toronto, ON, M5G 2C4
email: biospecimen.sciences.program@uhn.ca