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Brain Tumour Biobank set up in Beaumont Hospital (Nov 15th)

Wednesday November 15, 2017

The Brain tumour Bio Bank is now up and running with the first sample banked in April of this year. The Bio Bank is a joint collaboration between Beaumont Hospital and the RCSI with funding coming from Brain Tumour Ireland.  

A biobank is a large collection of biological, medical data and tissue samples, collected for research purposes. A patient who is having brain surgery as part of their clinical treatment will have the tumour removed, examined and diagnosed. After this a portion of brain tumour tissue will be stored in the biobank.

The brain tumour biobank will become a repository for brain tumour samples which will enable scientists use samples for future research studies in order to study brain tumours and develop treatments. All samples included in the biobank are anonymised and patients consent is sought in advance of treatment.

A progress meeting was hosted in the RCSI last month with representatives from Beaumont Hospital, the RCSI, Brain tumour Ireland and the Holton Family who raised over €50 000 and attained a world record for the most siblings to plough a field simultaneously. Half of the money raised went to the Bio Bank via Brain Tumour Ireland and the other half went to the Ross Nugent Foundation.