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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  • 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.

  • RPAH Neuropathology Tumour and Tissue Bank – Facilitating Whole Brain Donation

    May 2017

    Whole brain tissue donated by brain cancer patients after death is one of the most valuable resources in the advancement of brain cancer research. The RPAH Neuropathology Tumour and Tissue Bank, under the direction of Dr Kimberley Kaufman and Clinical Associate Professor Michael Buckland, is one of only three sites across the BCBA national network that is set up to accept these precious gifts. The RPA Neuropathology team, alongside other qualified research teams, use the tissue to help understand the biological mechanisms involved in brain tumour progression and treatment resistance, with the ultimate goal of better outcomes and management options for patients diagnosed with brain cancer.

    For RPAH Neuropathology Tumour and Tissue Bank contact details visit our Donate Tissue page.

  • Qld Children’s Tumour Bank - Contributing to Global Paediatric Brain Cancer Research

    April 2017

    2016 was a productive year in terms of global collaboration for BCBA network member the Qld Children’s Tumour Bank (QCTB). Director, Paediatric Oncologist Dr Andrew Moore and his team have made substantial contributions of samples and data to research efforts across the globe, highlighting how collaborative biobanking can result in large sample sets that facilitate real breakthroughs in research.

    For brain cancer research publications supported by QCTB’s contributions in 2016 click here

    For more information about QCTB visit: https://child-health-research.centre.uq.edu.au/about/services-and-facilities/queensland-children%E2%80%99s-tumour-bank


  • 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/