Biobank - Wesley Research Institute
Wesley Research Institute

Founded in 2007, Wesley Research Institute Biobank is a purpose-built research facility, which collects, securely stores, and distributes ethically obtained tissue samples and associated clinical data for biomedical research. These samples and data allow researchers to better understand the underlying causes of diseases, develop new diagnostic tests and treatments, and ultimately, improve health outcomes for patients.

The biobank currently holds over 40,000 samples, including those collected as part of the Queensland Brain Tumour Bank, the Australian Autism Biobank and the Justin Cameron Sarcoma Collection.

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Biobank Services

  • Wesley Research Institute Biobank has an extensive collection of human biospecimens. A researcher can request to access tissues from the biobank for their specific study under its own ethical approval.
  • We can work with researchers to collect, process, and store tissue and associated clinical data specifically for their research projects.
  • Wesley Research Institute Biobank is a purpose-built PC2 facility at The Wesley Hospital. We can provide long- and short-term storage for your samples.
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Biobank FAQ

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Biobank staff


  • 24hr security monitoring and restricted access
  • Temperature monitoring, logging and automatic alarm systems
  • Emergency backup power
  • Back-up freezers and contingency plans
  • Specialty staff and SOPs for blood processing, dissection, etc.
  • Storage facilities for samples at ambient temperature, 4℃, -20℃, -80℃


Wesley Research Institute BioBank is located in the grounds of The Wesley Hospital in Brisbane in a secured area. It is a non-profit service aimed at facilitating ethically sound and scientifically valid research using human tissue.

The BioBank has approval from the UnitingCare Health Human Research Ethics Committee (HREC) to collect and store biological samples and clinical data from consenting patients at The Wesley, St Andrew’s War Memorial, Buderim Private & St Stephen’s Hospitals in addition to other approved healthcare facilities.

Researchers can apply to the Wesley Research Institute BioBank Management Committee, which is overseen by the HREC, for access to the donated samples and related clinical information stored in the Wesley Research Institute BioBank, provided their research project meets stringent ethical and scientific standards.

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