Research Centre for Women’s and Infants’ Health BioBank

Sinai Health System, Toronto, Ontario
What the facility does

Biorepository of clinically annotated human perinatal specimens for research

Area(s) of Expertise

The goal of our BioBank is to provide accessible, affordable and equitable access to clinically annotated human perinatal specimens, to promote translational research. We specialize in the procurement, processing, and archiving of fresh, frozen and fixed specimens that include human placenta, umbilical cord blood, and other pregnancy-related specimens. Our program’s specimen archive contains nearly 8,000 samples from all weeks of gestation including healthy and pathological pregnancies. Specimens are used in research areas such as:

- pregnancy complications

- organ development

- regenerative medicine

- stem cells

The BioBank was established in 2006. It is a program of the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute and the Mount Sinai Hospital/University Health Network Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

Research Services

Our service facilitates access to clinically annotated human perinatal specimens for research in accord with research ethics board approval. Human placenta, umbilical cord blood, and other pregnancy-related specimens donated by patients following informed consent are available as fresh, frozen or fixed specimens. Our program’s open and accessible archive contains nearly 8,000 samples from all weeks of gestation including healthy and pathological pregnancies.  

Sectors of Application
  • Life sciences, pharmaceuticals and medical equipment

Name of specialized lab

Name of equipment

Description of function

Biospecimen Repository

Cryogenic liquid nitrogen storage tanks

Long-term storage of perinatal specimen archive

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URL

RCWIH BioBank supports international trial Vitamin D for maternal infant growth, in Bangladesh

http://research.lunenfeld.ca/rssnews/?page=2073&sign_on