What We Do

The Cardiovascular Tissue Registry was established over 30 years ago, and houses a large collection of tissue samples from both healthy and diseased donors. This tissue collection is one of the largest of its kind in Canada and supports a wide range of research projects aimed at better understanding cardiovascular disease. 

  • The Cardiovascular Tissue Registry is a repository of human cardiovascular specimens that enhances their investigative value for educational, research, and diagnostic purposes.
  • It utilizes a unique, computerized database to integrate clinical, pathological, photographic, radiologic, and molecular materials associated with each specimen.
  • The biobank serves as a critical link between surgical and cardiological colleagues, and questions by allowing systematic, ethics-approved registration and rapid SOP-guided distribution of human biologicals for study.
  • Our dedicated team of researchers is on-call 24 hours/day, 7 days/week to perform fresh tissue archiving.

One visitor to the Registry was telling his six year old daughter about the experience of actually seeing and holding real human hearts. She asked, "Did you look inside?" The visitor replied that he had, to which the daughter asked, in a whisper, "Could you see the love?"

Love and compassion drive everything we do at St. Paul's - stories like these fuel our mission on a daily basis. Share your story at http://icaretoshare.ca.


All images courtesy of the Cardiovascular Tissue Registry and the Centre for Heart Lung Innovation "Powers of 10". Electron Microscopy images courtesy of Dr. David Walker.