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Arthur & Sonia Labatt Brain Tumour Research Centre


The Biobank exists as both a physical and virtual tissue bank where samples and critical information are stored. While the physical bank stores the samples, it is the virtual bank that stores and links pertinent sample information for use in research. All samples are processed for stability and long-term use with industry standard operating practices.

Tumours are frozen for storage or used immediately following the surgery for cancer stem cell research. Blood is acquired for the isolation of DNA, RNA, plasma and for the establishment of lymphoblast cell lines. Each sample is given a tracking number and all pertinent information is logged into the database. Patient confidentiality is of paramount importance and strict measures are employed to ensure this is maintained. The storage of brain tumour specimens and associated blood has been approved by the Research Ethics Board of The Hospital for Sick Children.

The creation of this tissue bank has ensured that paediatric brain tumour research will continue and that important studies and collaborations are maintained.

For access to the Biobank by investigators from academic centres, including SickKids, please use the form below.

For access to the Biobank by academic-industry partners, please visit the Industry Partnerships and Commercialization section.

The Michael and Amira Dan Brain Tumour Network is multi-institutional tumour, blood and cell biobank inspired by Dr. Michael Dan and supported by the University of Toronto. It will enable researchers at four University hospitals (SickKids, St. Michael's Hospital, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and Toronto Western Hospital) to advance research in brain cancer and develop collaborations throughout the Toronto scientific community. Access the Biobank by logging into the Michael and Amira Dan Brain Tumour Bank Network



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You can contact Biobank directly by emailing james.loukides@sickkids.ca