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Information for Researchers

Available Clinical Biospecimens

The ADTB is able to provide the following fresh, fresh frozen, formalin-fixed or paraffin-embedded tissues: blood, bone marrow (sternal), spleen, mesenteric lymph nodes, lung-draining lymph nodes, liver, lung, kidney, tonsils, breast tissue, heart, gut (duodenum, ileum, ascending colon), lower urinary tract, thymus and skin. Lung and liver are often transplanted and are infrequently available to researchers.  

The ADTB works closely with researchers to maximise the opportunity for successful experiments by ensuring the ideal sample is provided. Fresh samples are usually shipped to researchers on the day of donation surgery.

Hours of Operation


Sample collection typically occurs Monday to Friday, although researchers may make a special request to be notified of samples outside of standard office hours. Researchers will be notified about potential organ/tissue donation 4 - 24 hours prior to the donation operation and will receive information about the tissues available. Samples are usually delivered in the afternoon or evening. 

Application Process


The following steps are required to apply for ADTB access:  


  1. Read the ADTB How to Apply and Conditions of Use document 

  2. Contact the ADTB to notify us of your intention to apply at 

  3. Complete a Sample Access Form and attach the required documents  

  4. Await review by the ADTB Sample Access Committee (estimated 2-week turnaround) 

  5. Add your details to the ADTB Material Transfer Agreement template and submit this to your local institutional Research and Governance Office for review

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