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 tumor types are collected:

  • Breast
  • CNS
  • Colorectal
  • Gynecology
  • Inherited Hematological Malignancies
  • Myeloma
  • Pancreas
  • Prostate

Our department also houses other sample collections, including:  

  • collections of pituitary tumours (Dr. Orr and Dr. Bedard)
  • ocular disorders (Dr. Orr and Dr. Bedard)
  • pancreatic tumours (Dr. Giacomantonio) 

Our researchers

Dr. Carmen Giacomantonio Pancreatic tumors 
Dr. Wenda Greer QEII Lung Tumor Bank    
Dr. Zhaolin Xu QEII Lung Tumor Bank    
Dr. Andrew Orr Ocular disorders and pituitary tumors 
Dr. Karen Bedard Ocular disorders and pituitary tumors    
Dr. Graham Dellaire Prostate tumors    
Dr. Jennifer Merriman Prostate tumors
Dr. Gillian Bethune Breast tumours
Dr. Gregory Knapp Breast tumours
Dr. Sidney Croul CNS tumours & NSHA / Dalhousie Biobank Medical Director
Dr. Adrienne Weeks CNS tumours
Dr. Phillip Moss Colorectal tumours
Dr. Richard Spence Colorectal tumours
Dr. Saul Offman Gynaecology tumours
Dr. Stephanie Scott Gynaecology tumours
Dr. Amy Trottier Inherited Hemetological Malignancies
Dr. Manal Elnenaei Myeloma
Dr. Thomas Arnason Pancreas tumours
Dr. Boris Gala-Lopez Pancreas tumours