Governance & Oversight

Biobank Oversight Committee

The Biobank Oversight Committee develops the strategic plan for the biobank consortium, and also oversees and approves annual budgets.

Biobank Ethics Board

The Ethics Board reviews the operations of the biobanks. The Ethics Board will review each research study to ensure that its research protocol is consistent with the ethical standards of the province. Ethics Board approval is required for every study.

Biobank Management Committee

The Management Committee monitors the operations of each biobank to ensure compliance with protocols for sample collection, storage, access, and patient privacy. 

Biobank Research Committee

The Research Committee reviews every research project that proposes to deposit or withdraw specimens. The Committee ensures that all proposed studies meet the following criteria:

  • The researchers have obtained approval from their local/institutional Ethics Board.
  • There are sufficient samples in the biobank for completion of the research.

Research Committee approval is also required for every study.

Our Team

Graham Dellaire
MD, PhD, BSc
  • Chair, Biobank Research Committee
Sidney E. Croul
  • Professor of Pathology, Dalhousie University
  • Lead, Atlantic Canada Biobank Consortium
  • Lead, NSHA Queen Elizabeth II/Dalhousie Biobank
  • Member, Biobank Research Committee
John Thoms
  • Associate Professor of Oncology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Lead, Eastern Health/Memorial Biobank
Behram Cenk Acar
  • Assistant Professor of Pathology, Dalhousie University
  • Lead, Horizon Health, Saint John Regional Hospital Tumour Bank
Stephanie Crapoulet
  • Senior Research Coordinator, Réseau de Santé Vitalité
  • Lead, Vitalité Health/Sherbrooke Biobank
Adrienne Weeks
  • Member, Biobank Research Committee