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Human Eye Biobank

Mission statement

The Human Eye Biobank for Research (HEBR) makes human eye tissue accessible to scientists around the world. It supports investigation into human eye diseases to stimulate discoveries to prevent blindness.

What is it?

image of the human eyeThe Human Eye Biobank for Research at St. Michael’s Hospital is a resource of human eye tissue accessible to researchers around the world. With over 2,000 readily available eyes for study, its growing collection includes diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, corneal disease, cataract, retinitis pigmentosa, pediatric conditions, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and stroke. All cases are examined by a specialized eye pathologist.


The Human Eye Biobank for Research addresses the problem of a shrinking supply of human eye tissue for research, and will stimulate discoveries into human eye and brain disease.

How does it work?

  • The Human Eye Biobank for Research is non-profit
  • Fees cover costs of procurement to final shipping
  • It is approved by St. Michael’s Hospital Research Ethics Board
  • Governed by Dr. Yeni H. Yucel, founding director, and Dr. Neeru Gupta, co-founder and CEO


  1. Complete and submit the Tissue Request form
  2. You will receive an estimate of cost with Non-Profit Material Transfer Agreement to review and sign. 
  3. Your request will be processed and shipped within 4-6 weeks.