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

Giving patients and health care providers a voice in pediatric biobanking

The BC Children's Hospital BioBank would like to hear your opinion on how children and their families would like to participate in medical research, specifically biobanking.  Biobanks are extremely important for finding new and better treatments for all patients, and we want to make sure that biobank practices work for participants and all health-care providers and that they are effective, respectful and inclusive.

As part of our CIHR grant, we will be assessing ways to improve biobank participation, and will be holding several interactive workshops. There will be an informative presentation, followed by group discussions. We hope to give participants a greater understanding of research and how they can be involved, as well as gain a better understanding of your opinions on research participation and 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?

Upcoming Workshops

Attend one of our workshops, listed below! Pizza and $25 gift cards will be provided to thank you for your participation.

Workshop for parents and youth (ages 11-18) who have been, or are currently, hospital patients.
Monday, January 22, 5 - 7:30 p.m.
BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, Room 2108
Register here!
View the event poster.  

Workshop for any health-care professional involved in pediatric research.
Wednesday, February 14, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
BC Children's Hospital Research Institute, Room 3113
Register here!
View the event poster.

If you have any questions, please email or phone: 604 875 2000 ext 6423.

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

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.


For any inquiries about the BioBank, please contact:

Tamsin Tarling
BioBank Administrative Manager
Phone: 604 875-2000 ext. 6423

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.