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Orthopedic Biobank

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The Orthopaedics and Osteoarthritis (OA) Biobank at the Schroeder Arthritis Institute is one of the largest of its kind with over 170,000 bio-specimens.


This biobank is comprised of biospecimens collected from our clinics and operating rooms including end-stage OA knee, hip OA, spine OA, ankle OA, shoulder OA, elbow OA and hand OA; early OA knee; post-traumatic knee OA; normal cartilage spine patients; conservative hand patients and a healthy control group from volunteers. Samples include longitudinal biofluids such as plasma, urine and whole blood, as well as surgical tissues and synovial fluid.


All biospecimens are located in a key-card access, remote temperature monitored location until further analysis is requested. The sample request undergoes ethical monitoring and governance to ensure compliance with all policies and guidelines from the Research Ethics Board and principal investigators are met.

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