Additional Services

DNA/RNA Extraction

DNA and RNA extraction are essential in research, routine diagnostic and therapeutic decision-making, particularly in oncological and immunological research. Extraction and purification are also essential in determining the unique characteristics of DNA, including its size, shape and function. When conducted with good laboratory practices and quality control, it yields high quality genomic DNA/RNA that can be used for a range of oncological disease sites and produce single-tube extractions with high-quality nucleic acids customized for your study requirements.

Retrospective Chart Review

Princess Margaret Cancer Biobank looks to provide researchers with detailed information regarding the types of samples they have requested. With the collaboration of the Laboratory Medicine Program (LMP) at UHN tissue pathology is provided via the revision of highly trained staff pathologists, along with co-path interpretation.

Database Creation

We can develop databases tailored to your research needs. Our team is well equipped with IT-systems to provide practical solutions to any challenges regarding data management. Upon consultation, we will carefully store your data in a reliable and secure environment so it may be kept clean, organized, and easily accessible.

Documents and Forms

Consulting Services

Looking to consult an expert for your biobanking project?

Princess Margaret Cancer Biobank can provide support for ongoing and future projects. Our team utilizes their expertise and resources in biospecimen management and processing, regulatory compliance, quality assurance, technology, clinical research and pathology, as well as industry best practices for your project’s needs.

Support and Guidance for Researchers

Our additional services include support and guidance to researchers and biobanks on accessing, collecting, and using human biospecimens and associated data for health research:

  • Biobank set-up and start-up
  • Assessment, planning and development of biobank infrastructure
  • Planning and allocation of resources
  • Biospecimen management
  • Biorepository accreditation
  • Assistance with regulatory processes and Research Ethics Board (REB) approval
  • Biobanking protocol development
  • Hiring and training of biobank personnel
  • Standard Operating Procedures

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