About the ADTB:
Integrating organ donation with medical research
The Australian Donation and Transplantation Biobank (ADTB) is an investigator-led resource which links eligible medical researchers with donated clinical biospecimens that are not being used for life-saving transplantation. It was established in 2019 in a collaborative effort between Austin Health Liver Transplant Unit, Austin Health Department of Infectious Diseases and DonateLife Victoria.
The Australian Donation and Transplantation Biobank (ADTB) aims to improve opportunities for people to donate organs or tissues after their death for use in medical research, and to make it easier for researchers to conduct valuable research using donated organs and tissues. The ADTB provides an organized system for collection of tissue or organ samples for use in research at the time of recovery of donor organs or tissues for use in transplantation. It then distributes these samples to researchers who have received ethics approval for specific research projects.
Australian researchers are able to apply for access to ADTB samples. Their application will be assessed by the ADTB Sample Access Committee to ensure their research is feasible and is ethically approved. The ADTB then coordinates sample retrieval and distribution as well as linkage with de-identified clinical data.
We would like to thank organ donor families for donating to the ADTB
To facilitate the donation of organ donor samples for medical research and to provide high-quality samples to researchers to advance scientific discovery
Respect Organ and tissue donation for research is a precious gift
Excellence The provision of high-quality samples to researchers
Integrity Reliable and ethical sample collection, storage and distribution
Impact Improved access to donated samples to advance medical discovery
Tissue procurement and distribution for a range of anatomical sites
Access to fresh, fresh frozen and formalin-fixed tissue
Linkage to de-identified clinical data
Dedicated research and communications team to process new applications and notify approved researchers regarding new samples
Sample distribution direct to laboratory