ServicesCardiovascular Tissue Registry
Archiving heart and vascular tissues
The Cardiovascular Tissue Registry maintains over 14,000 cases of specimens from hearts, blood vessels, and other cardiovascular tissues, including tissue donated by individuals undergoing cardiovascular surgery and autopsy. Tissues harvested from surgical specimens often have been preserved not only in formalin and paraffin, but also frozen and stored in RNA preservative medium. There is also robust clinical data attached to these specimens, through a donor consented, research ethics board approved protocol.
Our entire library of specimens and de-identified data is available for researchers engaged in biomedical research, where the project in question has appropriate ethics approval and meets scientific, medical, and ethical standards as determined by our Scientific Advisory Committee. Furthermore, we are able to work with researchers to procure specimen types that we don’t already have, and we are available to assist with designing tissue based biomedical research studies.
The HLI Cardiovascular and Lung Tissue registries have all of the facilities, equipment and ethical consent to proficiently archive human samples for histological, RNA, DNA and protein research.
Specimens For Research
Researchers with projects that have suitable ethics board approval can apply to access to these previously biobanked samples and their associated data, for biomedical research projects.
Gross Specimen Photography
The HLI has state-of-the-art photography equipment and can provide you with high level specimen photography. The HLI Biobank can work with specific photograph requests. Please contact us for further information.
Bruce McManusMD, PhD, Registry Director
Dr. McManus is a Professor Emeritus in the UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Full profile here.
Paul HansonPhD, Registry Manager
Dr. Hanson’s research is broadly focused on heart failure, with an emphasis on the pathogenesis of viral myocarditis and virus-associated heart failure.
He is a MSFHR Fellow and holds a Myocarditis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship. He currently oversees the heart failure archiving team and has managed operations of the Cardiovascular Registry since 2015.