The Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute (IJC) Campus ICO-GTP houses the Germans Trias I Pujol Hospital and Institute (IGTP-HUGTP) Sample Handling Circuit Unit, which manages the processing and storage of voluntarily donated samples of hematological neoplasms. The samples are stored in the collection entitled “IJC Leukemia and other blood disease Sample Collection. The IJC Sample Banking Unit receives the bulk of its samples from the Catalan Institute of Oncology at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital (ICO-HUGTP, Badalona). Samples received from other hospitals are processed in an identical way.
The technical staff of the IJC have created a database of patients, donors and samples received and processed according to required specifications for the tracking of each sample in the collection. The staff verify the quality, security and tracking of the data and samples throughout the process and starting at extraction. Every year the Unit process and criopreserve approximately 1000 samples from patients with hematologic cancers.