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CTRNet Documentation Centre

Welcome to the Canadian Repository Network Documentation Centre! Here you can find, contribute and discuss documentation related to ATiM, CTRMeta, development documents, Bio-repository SOP's, and a standard FAQ.



The Canadian Tumour Repository Network (CTRNet) was formed in 2004 with the financial assistance of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) under the direction of the Canadian Association of Provincial Cancer Agencies (CAPCA) to foster studies into the determinants of cancer, the predication of drug response, and the identification of new drug targets.

CTRNet is a not-for-profit consortium of leading provincial tumour banks and programs that furthers Canadian health research. CTRNet provides interested researchers with a streamlined process to obtain quality human tissue and human tissue products from member tumour banks. For a listing of all charter member banks please see our website.

Our main catalogue CTRNet Catalogue provides more details on CTRNet's goals and policies/procedures. Our national catalogue presents a summary of the samples collected at member banks across Canada and a basic Dataset of these samples. CTRNet has also jointly developed and released a set of SOP's for tumour banks. These can be found at the CTRNet website for direct download here.


ATiM is software designed and developed by CTRNet in conjunction with Canadian tissue banks for the operation of tissue banks.

CTRNet’s tissue bank management software is released for free non-commercial use under a General Public License. ATiM stands for 'Advanced Tissue Management' and is an open-source collaborative web application released under GPL v3 for use by bio-repositories to manage all aspects of tumour banking.

User Guide

If you would like to learn more about the different features that the ATiM software provides or if you are intersted to learn how to use the main functions of the system, please read the ATiM User Guide.

Installation Guide

If you would like to learn more about the system requirements and the installation instructions, please read the ATiM Installation Guide.

Developer Guide

If you are a developer and would like to learn more about how ATiM was developed, please read the ATiM Developer Guide.

If you are a developer and would like to customize an ATiM local version, please read the ATiM Customization Guide.

Version Release Notes

Summary information on each official ATiM release can be found on our Version Release Notes page. Information provided includes:

  • Links to obtain code from our SVN repositories
  • Release date
  • Feature list
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