A tissue biobanking service is provided under the direction of Prof Elaine Kay and Dr. Tony O’Grady. This biobank comprises fresh frozen and formalin-fixed tumour and normal breast, colon, prostate and skin tissue samples. An important aim of the tissue biobank is to ensure the availability of high quality, well annotated tissue specimens for research. It underpins ongoing and future translational research projects.
The cancer biobank is managed by clinical research nurse, Joan Kehoe. Her role currently encompasses screening patients for involvement in our studies in the Gastro Intestinal clinic and following them through to surgery. Clinico-pathological data including tumour grade, stage, and vascular invasion status along with disease specific survival data has been collected prospectively is also maintained by the Clinical Research Nurse.