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Wesley Medical Research

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Tissue samples in the WMR BioBank

The Wesley Medical Research (WMR) BioBank is Queensland's largest bio-resource, providing researchers with high quality and ethically-obtained human tissue samples, blood and data for bio-medical research. The BioBank can supply a wide range of samples from the banked collection of over 30,000 samples and can also source samples on request to meet researchers' needs. This BioBank is open-access, allowing both national and international researchers to access samples (subject to ethics approval). BioBank dramatically saves time and effort of researchers, allowing them to focus on investigating better ways of predicting, treating and preventing diseases. The BioBank has supported over 40 projects Australia-wide to date with 33 projects currently receiving samples and other services from it.


Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Open access for all national and international researchers
  • Specialised staff for multi-site collection of biological samples
  • Facilitation of patient informed consent and recruitment
  • Access to wide network of surgeons, doctors and patients
  • Biological specimen collection, processing and storage
  • Distribution of samples with matched clinical data
  • High resolution imaging of pathology specimens
  • Brain cancer research
  • Autism research
  • Skin cancer research (including non-melanoma)

Facilities and major equipment

  • Centrally monitored vapour phase liquid nitrogen and -80°C storage
  • Blood and tissue processing equipment and biohazard cabinets
  • Emergency backup power
  • Back-up freezers and contingency plans
  • Adapted cooled and ventilated cryostorage facility
  • O2-sensors with mechanical ventilation
  • Temperature monitoring, logging and automatic alarm systems
  • 24 hour security monitoring and restricted access
  • Specialised ScanScope device for high-res pathology specimen imaging

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff


B3, Moorlands Wing, The Wesley Hospital, 451 Coronation Drive, Auchenflower, 4066

Achievements of the centre

  • Established Australian Autism Biobank in collaboration with Autism CRC, first of its kind in Australia

Other centres in Queensland

Organisation type

  • Cooperative Research Centre – Partner Organisation
  • Not-for-profit

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