Ovarian Cancer Canada supports a national ovarian cancer tissue bank network.
This was initiated as a pilot project in 2000 and currently exists as a network of tissue banks located in Vancouver, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Tissues collected in the banks have proven useful for a large number of research projects primarily in Canada, but also in collaboration with laboratories in the U.S.A. As the tissue banks are a valued resource for ovarian cancer researchers, this is an important research activity for Ovarian Cancer Canada.
With additional funding, the value of these banks could be enhanced by developing mechanisms to promote awareness of the tissue banks, to increase the range of tissue types collected (blood, ascites, tumour and comparative normal samples), and to provide opportunities for optimization of the banking resources (e.g. tissue profiling), so that information can be extracted more efficiently from these samples. Tissue banks also assist in the testing of new drugs.
Ovarian Cancer Canada has provided funding to tissue banks located at: