The Academic Health Center, an alliance of ProMedica and The University of Toledo, is pleased to announce the opening of the Academic Health Center BioRepository on the campus of ProMedica Toledo Hospital. The BioRepository serves as a “bank” for storing tissue and blood samples which may be used to help researchers discover new treatments for cancer and other medical conditions.
When a patient undergoes a procedure, the physician removes a certain amount of tissue needed for diagnosis or treatment. Sometimes, there is leftover tissue which is typically destroyed. However, patients may now choose to donate the leftover tissue to the BioRepository.
Donated tissue and blood samples will allow researchers to find out more about what causes cancer, how to prevent it and how to treat it. These samples will aid in Biomarker research, which will help researchers discover causes and treatments to other medical conditions such as diabetes and heart disease.
Identification of all donated samples will be replaced with a code. This code will allow donated tissue to remain anonymous.
The research associated with the development of the BioRepository may lead to the improvement of patient care and clinical outcomes.
For questions or more information, please contact Yasmin Isler, PhD, BioRepository research specialist, at 419-291-4584.
Frequently Asked Questions
Where do tissue and blood samples come from?
Patients have the ability to donate tissue and blood samples. During your procedure, your doctor removes a certain amount of tissue needed for diagnosis or treatment. However, sometimes, there is some leftover tissue. Typically, this tissue is destroyed. Instead of destroying what is leftover, you can choose to have it donated to the BioRepository.
For blood samples, we would ask your permission for an additional four teaspoons worth to store in the BioRepository. This would be done at the same time as your scheduled blood workup.
Please note that leftover tissue will not affect the results of your diagnosis.
What are researchers going to do with my tissue and blood?
There is a lot of research being done in the cancer and medical fields. This research can help to find out more about what causes cancer, how to prevent it and how to treat it. It may also help discover the causes and treatments of other conditions such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease. This research requires tissue and blood samples for testing.
Will they know who I am from my tissue and blood samples?
Before your tissue and blood samples are stored, all identification will be replaced with a code. This code will remove any identification from your samples so that you remain anonymous.
The research results will not be sent to you or your doctor and will not be placed in your medical record. This research is for medical purposes only. You are not responsible for any costs.
Is it safe?
Yes. There are no extra procedures or tests. The tissue leftover from your procedure is all that is needed.
Can I discuss this with my doctor and family?
Please feel free to talk this over with your doctor, family and friends. If you should have questions, please contact the AHCBR at 419-291-4584.
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. When you come in for pre-admission testing or for a procedure, a member of the AHCBR will speak with you and you will be given the choice to participate.
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 BioRepository and you would like to have your samples destroyed, please send a letter to: Academic Health Center BioRepository, 2142 N. Cove Blvd., Toledo, OH 43606.
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, ProMedica or The University of Toledo.