BC Cancer Tumor Tissue Repository, Canada

Certification Status: Approved
Registration Status: Completed

Objective: The BC Cancer Agency Tumor Tissue Repository (TTR) is a provincial program established by the BC Cancer Agency which provides cancer care for the 4.3 million population of British Columbia, Canada. The TTR program comprises framework initiatives (national and provincial), research biobanking support for specific affiliated projects and provincial BCCA affiliated biobanks, and a core TTR biobank with primary accrual and biospecimen processing and storage laboratory site at the BCCA Vancouver Island Center, Victoria, and a database core located at the BCCA Vancouver Center, Vancouver. The goal of this biobank program is to collect biospecimens and health data from consenting donors in BC and to process, annotate, and provide these materials to support a spectrum of cancer research, including biomarker discovery and validation, and to promote the development of targeted cancer therapies.

Registered Biobank Name BC Cancer Tumor Tissue Repository (BCCA-TTR)
Biobank Leader Sheila O'Donoghue
Country Canada
Email for biobank inquiries sodonoghue@pathology.ubc.ca
Principal Investigator Dr Peter Watson
User Type
  • Mono: A biobank that supports a specific research project, may have few staff members, a small-scale accrual scope with little to no initial intention of releasing or distributing biospecimens to secondary parties
  • Oligo: A biobank that supports several research groups or clinical trials, may or may not be designed to release biospecimens outside their collaborative group
  • Poly: A biobank that has generally a larger accrual scope, resources, and multiple users outside the biobank proper
Poly - Collection aimed at supporting undetermined, multiple users with ethics approved research projects, through a defined access/application mechanism.
Biospecimen Collected: