National Cancer Tissue Bio-bank is a state-of-the-art non-profit community based cancer tissue storage facility located at the Department of Biotechnology, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai. This facility is jointly funded by Department of Sciences & Technology (DST), Govt. of India, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Chennai and initiated in collaboration with Cancer Research and Relief Trust (CRRT), Chennai. Biobank collects the cancer tissue samples with consent from patients diagnosed with cancer and information about the previous medical history and treatment of the donors is also documented. Tissue samples collected following surgery is in excess of what is required for diagnosis and would otherwise be discarded. All the different types of cancer tissue samples collected from cancer hospitals will be stored. It is first of its kind facility in India and aiming to provide researchers with high quality of cancer tissues and the patient data in order to facilitate cancer research discoveries that will lead to improvements in cancer diagnosis and treatment. Researchers may request the Biobank for cancer tissue samples. A panel of scientists and doctors (Steering committee of the biobank) must approve that the project is scientifically worthwhile and a Ethics Committee must approve the project before biospecimens are provided to researchers.
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