Tumour and Other Sample Banking

Sample study

The QEII Lung Tumour Bank, which is now one of the largest human lung tumour banks in the country, was established by Dr. Zhaolin Xu and his colleagues in 2005. The bank is certified by the Canadian Tissue Repository Network (CTRNet).

The QEII / Dalhousie Biobank, a biobank within the Atlantic Canada Biobank Consortium (ACBC), is a CTRNet certified tumour bank. This biobank is a collection of multiple tumour banks within the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) which collects and stores a variety of Human Biological Specimens (HBS). Currently, the following tumour types are collected:

  • Breast
  • Lung
  • Central Nervous System (CNS)
  • Colorectal
  • Gynecology
  • Inherited Hematological Malignancies
  • Myeloma
  • Pancreas
  • Prostate

Our department also houses other sample collections, including:  

  • Pituitary tumours
  • Ocular disorders
  • Pancreatic tumours

Our researchers

Dr. Zhaolin Xu QEII Lung Tumour Bank    
Dr. Carmen Giacomantonio Pancreatic tumours 
Dr. Karen Bedard Ocular disorders and pituitary tumours    
Dr. Graham Dellaire Lung, ovary, and prostate tumours    
Dr. Jennifer Merriman Prostate tumours
Dr. Gillian Bethune Breast tumours
Dr. Sidney Croul CNS tumours & NSHA / Dalhousie Biobank Medical Director
Dr. Phillip Moss Colorectal tumours
Dr. Saul Offman Gynaecology tumours
Dr. Manal Elnenaei Myeloma
Dr. Thomas Arnason Pancreas tumours