News and Events


  • 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:

  • Robert Connor Dawes Foundation Funding and Travel Grants

    March 2017

    This year BCBA is the grateful beneficiary of two grants from the Robert Connor Dawes Foundation. The first, a valuable $25,000 to support BCBA’s Project Coordinator position. The second, a $4,500 travel grant to support the attendance of BCBA Founder, Robyn Leonard, at the upcoming International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Conference in Toronto. Robyn has been invited to take part in the Symposium: ‘To Tell or Not to Tell’- The Practical Aspects of Returning Research Results and Incidental Findings to Biobank Participants. For more information on the ISBER Conference see Events section below.

    For more information on the RCD Foundation visit:

  • Introducing AGOG EPI – Australia’s Largest Ever Glioma Study

    February 2017

    We begin our monthly news item series on the BCBA biobanking network with the AGOG Epidemiology Study collection. Under the direction of A/Prof Claire Vajdic, Head of Cancer Epidemiology Research Unit, Centre for Big Data Research in Health, UNSW, the study is matching glioma brain tumour patients with an unaffected close family relative to better understand the genetic, lifestyle and environmental factors causing brain cancer. Currently this study has recruited an amazing patient/sibling cohort of 600 with blood and data already collected and stored from 400 of those participants. This remarkable resource, listed on the BCBA Researchers page, is open and available to researchers with approved projects.

    For more information visit:

  • Federal Government Recognition for National Biobank Networking

    January 2017

    Networked biobanking has been identified as one of 4 priorities to advance Complex Biology in the recently released Draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap. The Roadmap sets out Australia’s national research infrastructure priority areas for the coming decade. BCBA provided a submission in response to the earlier National Research Infrastructure Capabilities Issues Paper (see link below) and was encouraged to see this significant outcome given the breadth of the Complex Biology portfolio.


    The Draft 2016 Roadmap is available for download at: 
    Relevant pages 55–59. Summary of all priorities page 64.

    For BCBA submission go to:

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  • 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:

  • ISBER Annual Meeting & Exhibitions

    May 9-12, 2017

    Toronto, Canada is the location for the 2017 Annual Meeting of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER). This year the theme for this premier international biobanking event is Due North: Aligning Biobanking Practice with Evolving Evidence and Innovation. The plenary session will focus on how biobanking and its associated practices has changed, and continues to change the world.

    For more information visit: