The Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (PMCC) opened in 1997. The PMCC is a global leader in cardiovascular care, with internationally-renown medical expertise. We see such a large number of patients with cardiovascular disease and have an opportunity to conduct research and give back to our community. The PMCC CV Biobank was established in 2013 at Toronto General Hospital (TGH) in an effort to facilitate growth in research.

Patients are approached to participate in various clinics (see below). Voluntary participants will be asked to donate one or more blood samples for research. The blood sample will be collected during a routine blood draw that is already part of a scheduled medical visit. If you are having surgery at TGH, we may also keep a small sample of tissue that would normally be disposed of after the procedure.

To date, >225,000 sample aliquots have been collected from >16,000 patients

By participating, you are agreeing to be a part of ongoing medical research. Your donation will enable researchers to learn more about the causes of cardiovascular diseases for many years to come.

Our PMCC CV Biobank Coordinators see patients in the following clinics:

Outpatient Clinics

Peter Munk Cardiac Center Ambulatory Cardiac Clinic (5th floor of TGH)
Adult Congenital Cardiac Clinic
Cardiology Clinic
Heart Function Clinic
Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Clinic
Rapid Arrhythmia Clinic
Left Ventricular Assist Device
Cardiac Conditions in Oncology (Cardiotoxicity)

Peter Munk Cardiac Center Ambulatory Vascular Clinic (6th floor of TGH)
Cardiovascular Surgeon's Clinic
Vascular Clinic

Heart Transplant Clinic (12th floor of TGH)

Inpatient Clinics

Cardiac Short Stay Unit
Cardiology Inpatient Unit
Cardiology/General Internal Medicine Clinic
Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit (CVICU)
Cardiovascular Surgery Inpatient Unit
Coronary Intensive Care Unit (CICU)

Operating Room


All eligible patients attending these clinics at Toronto General Hospital are approached at their initial appointment and offered the opportunity to participate. Upon consent, additional blood samples are collected for the purpose of future research at the same time as clinical bloodwork. Various other samples are collected at time points relevant to the participant's clinical presentation. All samples are linked to high-quality de-identified data available to researchers.

PMCC CV Biobank samples have been used in local, national and international research collaborations.

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