The Biobanking and Biospecimen Research Services (BBRS) is a provincial program that provides services, support, and advice to researchers and biobanks on accessing, collecting, and utilizing human biospecimens and associated data for health research.

Services include:

  • Access to banked biospecimens in our inventory
  • Custom prospective collection services for specific research projects
  • Facilitation of access to clinical archival materials
  • Training of research personnel in a range of biobanking roles including consenting
  • Advice on sources for obtaining biospecimens for research
  • Support for adoption of biobanking quality standards including education and tools

For more information including biobanking tools, templates, and resources, and details of how to contact us please visit BBRS.

The BBRS encompasses three linked entities that together provide the following services: 

  • For biospecimens – we provide access to our collection of banked biospecimens and provide custom contract prospective collection services for specific research projects (overseen by the Tumour Tissue Repository TTR unit based at the Deeley Research Center, Victoria), 
  • For researchers – we provide advice, training, education, and contract biobanking setup services to researchers and institutions wishing to set up their own collections (overseen by the University of British Columbia Office of Biobank Education and Research (OBER) unit  based at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver campus), 
  • For biobanking standards – we maintain national biobanking practice standards and operate national/international certification programs that are accessed through the Biobank Resource Centre (overseen by the Canadian Tissue Repository Network CTRNet Biospecimen Quality platform unit based at the BCCRC Vancouver Center)

A full description of the BBRS and information about its units and the application processes to access our services is provided on our webpage.

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