The BBRS provides advice and support services for researchers in BC and beyond.
The BBRS active biobank, the Tumour Tissue Repository (TTR), is under the custodianship of Dr. Peter Watson and it collects and stores human samples (for example: tissue, blood, fluids) and health information connected to these samples. Researchers who are looking for new ways to detect, treat, and prevent cancer, can apply to access samples and information that are stored to conduct research studies. The BBRS supports all phases of research, from discovery through clinical studies.
It is thanks to the generosity of our biobank participants that researchers can access the human samples and data they need for their research. More than 90% of patients asked to contribute their samples and health information to the biobank generously consent. To date more than 15,000 participants with different cancers have contributed to the biobank.
Potential biobank participants, who have or will receive medical treatment for a tumour, and who are over the age of 18, may be referred by their physician or they may self-refer to the biobank. When a referral is received a staff member will discuss participation with the potential participant. It is important that the potential participant have an opportunity to ask questions before making a decision.
Participating in the biobank is voluntary and will not affect medical care if the potential participant decides to participate or decides not to participate.