Core Facilities

Other Facilities

Animal Facility

The BC Cancer Research Centre maintains an Animal Resource Centre (ARC), a 15,000 cage specific pathogen free (SPF) mouse facility for research purposes. This has an area for housing animals with seventeen separate rooms, an office and a wash up area with a sterilizer, two autoclaves, a bottle filter and freezer. This facility provides full veterinary care services and irradiation equipment for use in bone marrow transplantation studies. Core transgenic animal production services are also housed within the facility. Adjoining space for procedures is equipped with counters, sinks, laminar flow hoods, animal anesthesia apparatuses, fume table, fume hood and refrigerators/freezers.

Canada's Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC)

The Canada’s Michael Smith Genome Sciences Centre (GSC) at the BC Cancer Agency is a leading international centre for genomics and bioinformatics research with the mandate to advance knowledge about cancer and to use technologies to improve health through disease prevention, diagnosis, and therapeutic approaches.  The Centre is well equipped to undertake high throughput large-scale genomics projects, related technology development, proteomics and bioinformatics studies. Our scientists benefit from the wide range of services offered and collaborate extensively with GSC researchers.

Information Technology
The BC Cancer Research Centre has a dedicated IT team to provide technical expertise and support on computer hardware/software and network infrastructure to all researchers. The operation of IT is carried out by 4 highly qualified computer specialists who support:

  • More than 1000 users and more than 1500 network devices;
  • All operating systems and platforms, needed for cancer research;
  • Computing support for lab equipment used in flow cytometry, cancer imaging, bioinformatics, etc…
  • Statistical, bibliographical and other cancer research related software;
  • Network infrastructure (both wired and wireless) needed for the research facilities
  • Implement Gx practices and high security standards
  • Communication and data exchange tools such as email, WWW, FTP, remote access, and etc.
  • BCCRC IT provides support to many research groups, including BC Generations Project, Oral Cancer Study, Lung Study
  • Expansion and consolidation of the research network throughout the province
  • Generate proposals of network and computing related policies, guidelines and recommendations for cancer research (senior scientists, lab managers); e.g. hardware and software purchase recommendations, WiFi usage policy
  • Provide technical expertise and support for project planning and grant applications