David Seriser Respiratory Biobank | Information for Researchers

Important information for researchers

The David Serisier Respiratory Biobank recruits donors from Mater, South Brisbane. These include ward patients, outpatients, bronchoscopy admissions and thoracic surgery admissions. Patients provide consent and specimens are collected by a qualified biobank staff member or by their treating physician. All clinical data and medical history is collected at the time of consent.

Specimens and data collected

Samples Data
Blood (Whole Blood, Serum, Plasma, PBMCs) Demographics (Age, Gender, Height, Weight, Ethnicity)
Tissue (Biopsies and Lobectomy Resections Medical History (Medications, Conditions, Exposures, Vaccination status)
Sputum Pathology Reports (Histology, Cytology, Microbiology, Immunology)
Oropharyngeal Swabs Imaging
Bronchial Lavage Fluid Lung Function Data
Pleural Fluid Questionnaires (SF-36 & CRQ)
Bronchial Epithelial Cell Cultures  

Diagnosis and Current Inventory

  • Pulmonary Fibrosis
  • Asthma
  • Bronchiectasis
  • Lung Cancer (SCLC and NSCLC)
  • COPD
  • Cystic Fibrosis
  • Interstitial Lung Disease
  • Sarcoidosis
  • Non-Tuberculous Mycobacterial Infection
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis

For full inventory please see here.

For a complete list of diagnoses please contact:




An investigator seeking access to the DSRB services needs to lodge an application with the Biobank Coordinator (see below).  Once approved by the Biobank Access Committee, an investigator can engage in the DSRB services in order to obtain specimens and data for their project.

There are three options to achieve this:

  • General Collection Utilising the existing inventory to fulfil your project requirements. The DSRB currently has over 2500 specimens in cryostorage ready for dispatch.
  • Prospective collection Prospectively collecting specimens based on the exact requirements of the research project (i.e. collecting specific samples and data from specific donors with a particular disease). Samples obtained through prospective collection can also be processed according to your protocols.
  • A combination of both

The David Serisier Respiratory Biobank has over a decade of experience with research. To facilitate respiratory research, the unit may able to help with protocol creation, ethics and governance submissions, project design and implementation.


The David Serisier Respiratory Biobank utilises a cost recovery schedule to recover some of the costs associated with collecting and storing specimens. Our schedule is governed by the principles set out by the NHMRC Direct Research Costs Guidelines (January 2014).

The prices listed below reflect the costs associated with specimen collecting, processing, consumables and storage. It is provided as a guide only and is based on specimen us for academic research.

For a more accurate quote, please contact the Biobank Coordinator to evaluate your exact study requirements and develop a customised quotation. Quotes can also be provided to researchers in the process of submitting grant and funding applications.

Specimen Fee
Whole Blood (500µl) $30
Plasma (500-1000µl) $39
Serum (500-1000µl) $39
PBMCs (>1x106 cells per vial) $66
Swab (per swab) $12
Sputum (per vial) $47
Tissue Biopsy (1 Biopsy) $94
Lobectomy Tissue (~5x5x5mm) $122
BALF (SN) (1000µl) $30
BALF (Pellet) (300µl) $60
HBEC (~1x106 cells per vial) $360
Pleural Fluid Pellet (per vial) $65


Clinical Data Fee
Base Data Set* Included in Specimen Fee
Additional Data** Determined on an hourly rate basis


Access Fee
Application $120
Application Amendment $60

*Base Data Set: Age, Sex, Concomitant Medications, Concomitant Medical Conditions, Smoking Status, Smoking Pack Years, Asbestos Exposure, Vaccination Status (Pneumovax and Fluvax), Pathology Reports

**Additional Data Sets: Questionnaires, Lung Function, Imaging, Treatment and Survival Data