What are Biospecimens?
Biospecimens are materials taken from the human body like tissue, buffy coat, plasma, oral swab and urine that can yield macromolecules for proteomics, genomics and other such studies on a later date. Once these samples have been properly processed and stored they are known as human Biospecimens.

What are Biorepositories?

Biorepositories (or biobanks) are "libraries" where biospecimens are stored and made available to investigators to study for clinical & basic research purposes. These biospecimens are commonly annotated with information about the patient from whom the biospecimen was taken, including data about their medical conditions and background. However, one of the biorepository's top priorities is to protect the privacy and sanctity of the donor's personal and medical information.

Why have Biorepositories?

The biospecimens are used for research directed at :

  • Finding targets to intervene in cancer treatment
  • Identifying molecular events in disease progression and heterogeneity
  • Separate patients as likely or not likely to respond to a specific drug
  • Group patients to determine which treatment is appropriate
  • Develop screening tests to diagnose, prognosticate, predict response and detect biomarkers that are associated with specific stages or sub-types of a disease
Who can donate?
Anyone, who is undergoing surgery for removal of a tumor, can donate a small part of it for future research. After setting aside tissue necessary for all treatment decisions, a small volume of tissue along with normal tissue and 15 ml of blood is frozen and retained indefinitely in the repository.

Why donate?

We are storing those samples which are going to destroy after surgery. You can contribute to medical research by biosample donation. Donation of tissues can offer the opportunity for researcher to discover new markers and medicine which can be useful to other patients.

What happens to donated tissue?
Donated tissue is sent to RGCI & RC approved storage facility for scientific study and storage.
Researchers from around the country and abroad may request tissue samples to conduct research. Requests from researchers are reviewed by a committee of established scientists and approved if the request is scientifically sound.

Can I discuss this with my Doctor and family?
Please feel free to talk this over with your doctor, family and friends.
In case of any query(s), please contact:
Dr. Birendra Kumar Yadav, Scientist cum Technical Manager
yadav.birendra@rgcirc.org / Ph.: +91-11-4702 2432

I think I would like to donate my tissue and blood. How do I do it?

If interested, please speak with your doctor. He or she will be able to provide you with more information.

What if I change my mind?
You have the right to change your mind at any time. If you wish to no longer participate in the program, your stored tissue will be destroyed and you will be officially confirmed of the action.
To have your samples destroyed, please write to:
Dr. Birendra Kumar Yadav, Scientist cum Technical Manager
yadav.birendra@rgcirc.org / Ph.: +91-11-4702 2432

What if I say no? Will it affect my care?
You have the right to decline. Please know that this will not affect your care or relationship with your doctor.
Is it safe?
Yes, there are no extra procedures or tests. The tissue leftover from your procedure is all that is needed.

What are my rights on the donated tissue?
You rescind all rights on the donated material, however, the donated tissue and any other material stored will be destroyed if you ever decide to withdraw your consent for usage of your donated material for research.


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