The Canadian Virtual Brain Tumour Bank (CVBTB) is a national brain tumour banking resource that serves to further clinical, molecular and translational research. Under sponsorship with Schering-Plough Canada and in association with the Canadian Brain Tumour Consortium (CBTC), the CVBTB was created to provide research and academic communities easier access to high quality samples across the country. An informative, user-friendly and easy-to-navigate website, the CVBTB links brain tumour sample holdings from established brain tumour banks in Canada. As a virtual bank, the CVBTB does not store actual brain tumour samples but rather acts as a central point of access allowing researchers to query specific brain tumour samples. Once queries are completed, the CVBTB helps to coordinate the delivery of samples between researchers and respective tumour banks. The CVBTB also acts as a brain tumour banking resource by providing assistance on standardized operating procedures on procedures such as tissue sample accrual, tissue sample storage, blood and lymphocyte processing and tissue sample delivery. Under the collaboration of neurooncologists, ethics advisors, neuropathologists and technicians, the CVBTB hopes to play a large role in furthering brain tumour research and to make an impact both on a national and global scale.
For more information, please visit http://www.braintumourbank.ca/ or contact:
University Health Network - Toronto Western Hospital
Division of Neurosurgery, 4W-423
399 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5T 2S8
(416) 603-5800 ext 2977