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MUHC COVID-19 Biobank and BQC19: Together to defeat COVID-19

The MUHC COVID-19 Biobank

The MUHC COVID-19 Biobank

The MUHC COVID-19 Biobank is an integral part of the Biobanque québécoise de la COVID-19 (BQC), mandated by the Quebec government.

The BQC’s mission is to collect biological materials and health information from COVID-19-positive people. This information is then made available for approved research, for analysis of the causes, risk factors and complications of this disease, which affects both adults and children. The BQC works collectively, as part of the provincial and global effort to defeat COVID-19.

The MUHC COVID-19 Biobank is one of the nine hospital sites across Quebec. The biobank is funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Santé (FRQS) in partnership with Genome Quebec.

The MUHC COVID-19 Biobank provides state-of the-art infrastructure and the research expertise required to collect, store and share biological samples and medical data from people infected with COVID-19.

The MUHC COVID-19 Biobank - What is a biobank?

What is a biobank?

A biobank is a depository or "bank" for human biological samples and clinical data. By collecting and analyzing high quality biological specimens along with responses to health questions, the scientific community works together with government policy agencies to understand transmission of disease and to improve patient outcomes. The BQC “Participants” webpage includes more details for potential participants about consent, collection and conservation of samples, data security, and ethical approvals for studies.

For more information about volunteering as a participant in the MUHC COVID-19 Biobank, email muhc.covidbb@muhc.mcgill.ca.

The MUHC COVID-19 Biobank - How to Participate: Be part of the research on COVID-19

How to Participate: Be part of the research on COVID-19

What does it involve?
You will meet biobank personnel a few times to give them some health information and blood. No drugs or interventions are involved.

Where?
At the MUHC Glen site.

How do I participate?
Email us at muhc.covidbb@muhc.mcgill.ca

The MUHC COVID-19 Biobank is approved by the MUHC Research Ethics Board and adheres to established policies.

The MUHC COVID-19 Biobank - Research access to samples and data

Research access to samples and data

The provincial office of the BQC is currently setting up the process for researchers to access samples and data province-wide. For more information, and to sign up for updates, visit the BQC “Research – Access” webpage.

For more information about local research access to the MUHC COVID-19 Biobank, email muhc.covidbb@muhc.mcgill.ca.

MUHC COVID-19 Biobank team

MUHC COVID-19 Biobank team

Name
Role
Director, MUHC COVID-19 Biobank
Co-Director, MUHC COVID-19 Biobank
Sandeep Vanamala
MUHC Coordinator
Anna Perez
Lead Clinical Coordinator
Robert Dziarmaga
Lead Lab Technician

The MUHC COVID-19 Biobank - Media coverage

Media coverage

Contact the MUHC COVID-19 Biobank

Contact the MUHC COVID-19 Biobank

For more information about participating in the MUHC COVID-19 Biobank, email muhc.covidbb@muhc.mcgill.ca.

Dr. Vinh is a scientist in the Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program at the Research Institute of the MUHC
Donald C. Vinh, MD

Director, MUHC COVID-19 Biobank

Dr. Vinh is a scientist in the Infectious Diseases and Immunity in Global Health Program at the Research Institute of the MUHC

Dr. Mazer is a senior scientist in the Translational Research in Respiratory Diseases Program at the Research Institute of the MUHC
Bruce Mazer, MD

Co-Director, MUHC COVID-19 Biobank

Dr. Mazer is a senior scientist in the Translational Research in Respiratory Diseases Program at the Research Institute of the MUHC

Explore Research at the RI-MUHC (MUHC COVID-19 Biobank)

Explore Research at the RI-MUHC

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