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APCaRI Registry and Biorepository enrolls 1500th participant – 30% of our goal

We are pleased to announce that the Alberta Prostate Cancer Registry and Biorepository reached 30% of its accrual goal by enrolling participant 1,500! To date more than 100,000 biosamples are stored in the Canadian Research Biorepository along with comprehensive clinical data – all available for cutting edge research.

This was possible thanks to our wonderful team of clinical research personnel, clinicians and partners who have been working collaboratively to reach our goals!

If you are interested in accessing biospecimens or clinical information, let us know at catalina.vasquez@ualberta.ca

Samples available from participants with prostate cancer and age-matched men with negative biopsy
  • Serum (400uL/vial)
  • Plasma (400uL/vial)
  • Buffy Coat (~300uL/vial)
  • Red Blood Cells (400uL/vial)
  • Urine (400uL/vial)
  • Semen (~400uL/vial)
Clinical Information available
  • Demographic information and co-morbidities
  • Family history of prostate cancer
  • Pathology and diagnosis details
  • Clinical and pathological staging
  • Treatment history
  • Outcomes
  • Biospecimen collection, sample availability and processing details

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The Alberta Prostate Cancer Biorepository is certified by CTRNet

APCaRI is committed to collecting, processing and storing the samples you donate with the highest quality standards and as a result, after evaluation of our processes, the CTRNet (Canadian Tissue Repository Network) awarded us with their certification.

CTRNet is a translational cancer research resource, funded by Canadian Institutes of Health Research, that furthers Canadian health research by linking cancer researchers with provincial tumour banks.

The benefits of working with CTRNet include:

  • The ability for researchers to search for quality controlled tissue samples from Canada‚Äôs leading tumour banks in one central location and for biobanks to display and make their biospecimens available for research users.
  • Learning opportunities in tissue handling, research design and relevant technology training and innovations.
  • Invitation to CTRNet workshops and conferences.
- Catalina Vasquez