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Tissue Banking

​The difference between SingHealth Tissue Repository (STR) and other banks in Singapore is that all tissues harvested for research are certified by a well-trained pathology professional who will ensure are of good quality, and would contribute positively to the research work without compromising on the patient diagnosis.

STR also encourages Principal Investigators (PIs) who request contributed tissues to collaborate with the contributing clinicians or departments and offer authorship on publications resulting from this research.

STR’s biobank supports both scheduled and unscheduled collections. Serving as a ‘hostelling service’ for researchers who require a facility to process and store bio-resources for the duration of their projects, a scheduled collection includes harvesting of tissue and/or processing blood samples. STR aims to collect tissue for banking within 20mins and for blood to be processed within the same day.

An unscheduled collection involves regularly harvesting tissues, mainly malignancies, from consenting patients who undergo surgery, regardless of whether there is an ongoing study. These samples go into STR’s tissue bank.

For data search and inventory on Tissue Repository’s specimen, please visit the Open Specimen page (only accessible via SingHealth Intranet).

For enquiries on Tissue Repository's samples, please contact tissue.repository@singhealth.com.sg.


Collection and Withdrawal of Material

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List of Forms to be Used

SHS-RSH-STR-REC-4064Material Transfer Form for research samples to STR
SHS-RSH-STR-REC-4065Application Form for Biobanking Service(s)
SHS-RSH-STR-REC-4066STR Application Form for Biospecimen Collection (Tissue Banking Activity)
SHS-RSH-STR-REC-4067STR Application Form for Acceptance of Leftover Biospecimen from IRB Approved Project

Important points to note:

All research studies conducted on the Leftover and/or Extra Materials will need to be approved by a relevant Institutional Review Board (IRB). An IRB is an independent committee formally appointed by hospitals and other organisations undertaking research to conduct initial and subsequent periodic reviews of research involving human subjects. STR Advisory committee works with STR to review and approve requests to collect and access specimens.

STR encourages PIs who request contributed tissues to collaborate with the contributing clinicians or departments and offer authorship on publications resulting from this research.