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The Biobank of the RHN

What is the Biobank of the RHN?

The Quebec RHN Biobank is a network of research centers that store human tissues according to high quality standards. Despite the importance of scientific results obtained from animal models, it is essential for researchers to be able to work on human samples from participants with respiratory diseases to try to elucidate the causes and mechanisms. The availability of high-quality, well-documented, and large quantity of human material is essential to improve the understanding of respiratory diseases.

Singularities

The particularity of the Biobank RHN is the pooling of samples while maintaining the uniqueness of each of the participating centers. This method of operation proposes a virtual bank composed of the information related to the samples which are pooled on a central server while the samples are kept in each of the centers. This allows researchers to benefit from the full reach of a network of banks operating in common according to established criteria and to increase the possibility of obtaining fewer samples in certain fields of research thanks to the participation of several centers.

Team

The director of the Biobank is Dr. Simon Rousseau 
Simon Rousseau is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at McGill University. His research interests are focused on inflammation as the main feature of many respiratory diseases. The goal of his research program is to understand the role of intracellular signaling pathways in the control of inflammatory mediator synthesis following the activation of the innate immune response that may alter the structure and function of the respiratory tract.

Sabrina Biardel

Ms. Sabrina Biardel is the coordinator of the RHN Biobank
Sabrina Biardel
Coordinator of the RHN Biobank
Centre de recherche IUCPQ
418 656-8711, #5803
sabrina.biardel@criucpq.ulaval.ca

Participating centers

Institut universitaire de cardiologie et de pneumologie de Québec

Dr François Maltais
Responsible
Centre IUCPQ
Dr Philippe Joubert
Co-responsible
Centre IUCPQ
Christine RacineChristine Racine
Coordinator
Biobanque du centre IUCPQ
418-656-8711 #2881
Christine.Racine@criucpq.ulaval.ca
Marie Christine AllardMarie-Christine Allard
Research assistant
Biobanque du centre IUCPQ
418-656-8711 #3288
Marie-Christine.Allard@criucpq.ulaval.ca
Sabrina BiardelSabrina Biardel
Research assistant
Biobanque du centre IUCPQ
418-656-8711 #5803
sabrina.biardel@criucpq.ulaval.ca
Marie-Eve CoteMarie-Ève Côté
Research assistant
Biobanque du centre IUCPQ
418-656-8711 #2061
marie-eve.cote@criucpq.ulaval.ca
Caroline GagnonCaroline Gagnon
Research assistant
Biobanque du centre IUCPQ
418-656-8711 #3848
caroline.gagnon@criucpq.ulaval.ca

McGill University Health Center Research Institute

Dr Simon Rousseau
Responsible
Biobanque du centre McGill
Dre Anne-Marie Lauzon
Co-responsible
Biobanque du centre McGill
Andrea Karen Mogas
Coordinator
Biobanque du centre McGill
Laboratoire Meakins Christie
514-934-1934 #76426
andrea.mogas@mail.mcgill.ca

Université du Québec à Chicoutimi (UQAC)

Dre Catherine Laprise
Responsible
Biobanque du centre UQAC
Anne-Marie Boucher Lafleur
Coordinator
Biobanque du centre UQAC
418-545-5011 #2582
anne-marie1_boucher-lafleur@uqac.ca

Research Center of the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal

Dre Emmanuelle Brochiero
Responsible
Biobanque du centre CRCHUM
Émilie Maillé
Coordinator
Biobanque du centre CRCHUM
514-890-8000 #31238
emilie.maille.chum@ssss.gouv.qc.ca
Mays Merjaneh
Research assistant
Biobanque du centre CRCHUM
514-890-8000 #31238
mays.merjaneh.chum@ssss.gouv.qc.ca

Research Center of the Sainte-Justine University Hospital

Dr Sze Man Tse
Responsible
Biobanque du centre CR Sainte-Justine
Vincent LagueVincent Laguë
Research assistant
Coordonnateur de la Biobanque du centre CR Sainte-Justine
514-345-4931 #4325
vincent.lague@recherche-ste-justine.qc.ca
Mary-Ellen FrenchMary-Ellen French
Research nurse