Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia (BCBA) is a virtual biobank hub established to provide researchers easy access to the amount, quality and type of tissue and associated data they need to accelerate both paediatric and adult translational brain cancer research.

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  • The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Tumour Bank - Collecting Rare Brain Tumour Tissue for 20 years

    August 2017

    This month we highlight the work of BCBA network member, the CHW Tumour Bank. Established in 1998, almost two decades of collecting rare brain tumour tissue is providing important sample contributions to significant paediatric brain cancer research such as this Canadian study into rare Atypical Rhabdoid Teratoid tumours published in Cancer Cell – emphasising why collecting rare tumours over time is vital to future understanding.

    A/Prof Dan Catchpoole, who has been Head of the CHW Tumour Bank since 2001, has also recently taken on the role of ISBER Director at Large for the Indo-Pacific Rim with responsibility for supporting and growing biobanking in the entire region. Congratulations Dan from all at BCBA.

  • The Queensland Brain Tumour Bank – Brainchild of Neurosurgeon Dr Sarah Olson

    July 2017

    “We are on the cusp of personalised medicine for brain cancer patients which will only occur with the support provided by tissue banks.” 

    These are the words of Dr Sarah Olson, whose initiative and hard work in combination with the biobanking expertise of Emma Raymond has created Queensland’s first centralised repository of brain tumour tissue. The samples collected from donors in both public and private hospitals across SE Qld are now available to researchers with ethically approved projects. QBTB is yet another in the BCBA national network of biobanks dedicated to enabling and accelerating the search for better treatments and outcomes for brain cancer patients.

    For more information visit: http://www.wesleyresearch.org.au/research/neuro/braintumourbank/

  • ISBER Symposium – To Tell or Not to Tell

    June 2017

    The return of research results and incidental findings is a hot topic worldwide in biobanking circles. BCBA’s Robyn Leonard joined pancreatic cancer researcher, Amber Johns and Australasian Biospecimen Network Association Chair, Catherine Kennedy to make up the Australian contingent on an international panel discussing this vexed issue at the recent International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) conference in Toronto, Canada. BCBA will focus on developing tools to assist its member biobanks with this issue.


  • Annual BCBA Consortium Meeting - Save the Date!

    October 22, 2017

    Sunday 22nd October 2017, 3.00 – 5.30pm is the date and time for the annual BCBA Consortium meeting. Once again the meeting will take place in conjunction with the COGNO ASM, this year being held in Melbourne on 23rd and 24th October.

  • Australasian Biospecimen Network Association (ABNA) 2017 Conference

    October 12-13, 2017

    Join national and international biobanking colleagues in Brisbane to exchange ideas, learn about the latest innovations and share experiences at the 2017 ABNA Conference – Bridging the Gap – from the Clinic to the Biobank, 12th and 13th October.

    For more information visit: http://abna.org.au/