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Wesley Research Institute

Option 1 – Request Pre-collected Samples

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.

Wesley Research Institute Biobank utilises a cost recovery schedule to recover some of the costs associated with collecting, processing, and storing biospecimens.

Option 2 – Establish a Prospective Collection

We can work with Researchers to collect, process, and store tissue and associated clinical data specifically for their research projects.

We are able to help with all stages of the biobanking process including protocol creation, ethics submissions, identifying and consenting donors, collecting samples along with clinical information, processing of samples, and long-term storage.

Please note that if your research involves collecting tissue directly from Uniting Care Hospital patients rather than applying to access tissue that has already been banked, it requires a specific study related ethics approval from Uniting Care HREC. We can help you with these submissions.

To discuss setting up a prospective collection, please contact the Biobank Coordinator to evaluate your exact study requirements and develop a customised quotation. Quotes can also be provided to researchers in the process of submitting grant and funding applications.

Option 3 – Store Collected Samples

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 at ambient, 4 °C, -20 °C, and -80 °C. All samples are accurately tracked using FreezerPro software and all fridges/freezers are fitted with 24hr temperature monitoring and alarm response.

Specimen Access

Who can access specimens?

All researchers: internal, external, domestic, international, not-for-profit & commercial.

What are the prerequisites?

Ethical approval from an institution (e.g. University of Queensland, Hospital HREC).

Requesting Specimens/Prospective Collection

Please fill out the enquiry form, with as much detail as possible about the biospecimens and associated clinical data you require.

The biobank manager will contact you and discuss your criteria, if samples are available, or if samples can be collected prospectively. You will be provided with a quote for samples.

Complete an application form and submit along with proof of ethics.

Your application will be reviewed by the biobank management committee, and you will be advised if your application has been approved.

Samples will be dispatched/collections begin once signed MTA has been received.

In line with your agreement, you need to submit an annual report and you must acknowledge WRI Biobank in all published works and presentations.

Enquiry Form

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