Answering critical questions
Biobanks can transform the way researchers see diseases develop and thanks to an investment by Alberta Cancer Foundation donors, we are already seeing those results in this province. The Alberta Cancer Research Biorepository is a collection of high quality specimens—DNA, tumour cells, tissue and blood samples—that are used for research into new treatment for diseases. Imagine the power of thousands of these samples, allowing researchers to systematically identify gene profiles among similar tumour groups and find patterns and linkages that otherwise would be impossible. The collection is already paying off. Researchers at the Cross Cancer Institute used samples from the biobank to decode the complex genetic makeup of the deadliest form of breast cancer. Over the last five years, we have invested $6.1 million into this transformative collection.