BioBanking at the Children's & Women's Health Centre of British Columbia

Giving patients and health care providers a voice in pediatric biobanking

The BCCH BioBank is conducting focus groups to gain a better understanding of opinions on research participation through biobanks; What are the benefits, the drawbacks and the barriers to biobanking? How we can we make participation in the BioBank easier for those who are interested?

A focus group will be held on August 17, 2017 at BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute from 5:00-7:30 p.m. Parents and youth age 11-18 are welcome. A $25 gift card will be provided, and child-care will be available on-site.

To participate, email heather.vantassel@cw.bc.ca or phone: 604 875 2000 ext 6423. View the research poster here.

This video will tell you all about the BC Children's Hospital BioBank and how you can help. To become a secret superhero, email the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank Administrative Manager Tamsin Tarling at biobank@cw.bc.ca.

Biobanks fuel medical research

Advances in medical research have drastically improved quality of life for millions of people and lead to effective treatments for conditions that were once life-threatening. 

In order to continue improving treatments and therapies, researchers need access to health information and biological samples, such as blood, from a wide variety of people. A biobank is a collection of de-identified information and samples that scientists can access for their research.

A single biospecimen from one patient has the ability to fuel numerous research projects, any one of which might lead to an important medical breakthrough.

BC Children's Hospital BioBank collects samples from patients at both BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital. Development of the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank was made possible thanks to a generous donation from Mining for Miracles - the BC mining community’s longstanding fundraising campaign for BC Children’s Hospital.


Contact

For any inquiries about the BioBank, please contact:

Tamsin Tarling
BioBank Administrative Manager
Phone: 604 875-2000 ext. 6423
Email: tamsin.tarling@cw.bc.ca

View the map (227K PDF) of the BC Children’s Hospital BioBank at the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute on the campus of BC Children's Hospital and BC Women's Hospital & Health Centre.