Research

The Alberta Cancer Research Biobank offers biosample collection, biostorage and bioprocessing solutions for cancer research. The Open Access Biobank holds donations from over 23,000 participants representing 40 different cancer types. Clinical data is available for all samples and extensive clinical annotations exist for some tumor types. The Alberta Cancer Research Biobank will partner with investigators to collect the required samples for their research if the specimens are not available in our Open Access Collection. 


Let us help you!  The ACRB can help researchers:   

  • – Provide detailed quotes for grant applications, Bubbles2
  • – Assist with study design of participant recruitment, sample collections, bioprocessing and storage,
  • – or simply provide Letters of Support. 

We can also provide suggestions for ethics submissions to ensure compliance, along with assistance with institutional Data or Material Transfer Agreements.


As a charter member of the Canadian Tumor Repository Network (CTRNet) our bank uses and develops leading-edge tumor banking practices. We follow Alberta Health Services and CTRNet approved policies and use these policies to create our Standard Operating Procedures. We adopt best practices from the guidelines of internationally recognized organizations such as National Institute of Health, Biorepositories and Biospecimen Research Branch (NIH BBRB) and the International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER).