The BBRS uses H&E staining to reveal nucleic, cytoplasmic and extracellular matrix features of the tissues within the biobank. These slides are reviewed by a pathologist to annotate the cellular components represented in each tissue block.
Examples of Types of Research Supported
Formalin-fixed and paraffin embedded tissue blocks are utilized for the creation of tissue microarrays, tissue scrolls for extraction and tissue sections on slides for immunohistochemistry or H&E staining. Clinical archives provide tissue processed and stored with standardized methods. In combination with our stock of frozen tissue or as a standalone, clinical archival FFPE tissues offer a large selection of tissues to support a variety of research questions.
Consenting (Vancouver Island only)
Research participants must voluntarily confirm their willingness to participate in a research project. We are able to consent for your specific study.
Blood collections (Vancouver Island only)
Assist with creating lab service agreements for Island Health or LifeLabs.
Able to collect at various time points & process:
Whole blood aliquots
Serum & Plasma
Effusion collections (Vancouver Island only)
Collection & storage.
Biospecimen - Services
Haemotoxylin and eosin (H&E) are routine stains used in pathology departments for microscopic review of tissues to diagnose diseases including cancer. The BBRS uses H&E staining of thin tissue sections on slides to reveal nucleic, cytoplasmic and extracellular matrix features of the tissues within the biobank.
Tissue microarrays (TMAs) are created from clinical archival FFPE resources. Each case is evaluated by a pathologist for best tissue block and coring area. TMAs can be constructed from cases specifically selected based on study criteria.
Histology services are available though the Deeley Research Centre (DRC). DRC Histology Services
Start an Inquiry
The First Step is to contact us - let us know about your biospecimen and/or data needs.
Within your message please briefly discuss your biospecimen request detailing the cancer type, number of cases, biospecimen type (e.g. plasma, FFPE tissue, frozen tissue), biospecimen amount per case, and associated data requested.
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