GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) - Cancer research takes more than just talented researchers, it takes patients willing to donate tumor samples and data that can be used in research for decades.
The Van Andel Institute is now one of the top seven tissue biorepositories in the United States accredited by the College of American Pathologists, thanks to a new partnership with Trinity Health, which includes Saint Mary's Health Care of Grand Rapids and Mercy Health Partners of Muskegon.
"The agreement will help increase competitiveness for research funding, enhance recruitment, produce discoveries advancing the understanding of treatment and disease, and most importantly achieve improved patient outcomes," said VAI Chairman David Van Andel.
Under the agreements, with patient consent, Saint Mary's Health Care and Mercy Health Partners will collect biospecimens and data and transfer them to the Van Andel Institute Program for Biospecimen Science. The Institute will store the biospecimens and data while making them available for physicians and researchers here in West Michigan, the United States and the World.
This partnership has brought recognition from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), "Van Andel Institute's Program for Biospecimen Science Resource for the Biospecimen Research Branch at the National Cancer Institute," says Scott Jewell, Director of VAI's Program for Biospecimen Science.