NHMRC Grant Success for ANZCHOG-BN Members

Congratulations to ANZCHOG-BN members Prof Jennifer Byrne (Chair) and Dr Jamie Fletcher on successfully securing NHMRC Ideas Grants for 2020!

Dr Jamie Fletcher, Project Leader at Children’s Cancer Institute. Improving induction therapy for high-risk neuroblastoma through bypass or inhibition of P-glycoprotein.

Prof Jennifer Byrne, Director of Biobanking at NSW Health Pathology Statewide Biobank. Prevalence and impact of fraudulent cancer research publications targeting the functions of human genes.

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The ISBER 2019 meeting was held in Shanghai, China on 7-10 May

ANZCHOG-BN members Dr Rose Boutros (ANZCHOG-BN Project Coordinator) and Ms Helen Morrin (Curator of the Christchurch Tissue Bank) facilitated a roundtable discussion on biobank networking. Helen was invited to speak on engaging the indigenous community in New Zealand to develop a culturally responsive biobank. Rose presented a poster on the establishment of the ANZCHOG-BN. A/Prof Dan Catchpoole (Head of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead Tumour Bank) stepped into his new role as President-elect of ISBER by chairing various sessions and workshops.

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ANZCHOG-BN member A/Prof Dan Catchpoole has been elected President of ISBER


For the past 20 years the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) have provided a forum for the discussion, debate and dissemination of knowledge related to biobanking practice and activity around the world. Through ISBER the world now has a set of Best Practice Recommendation for biobanking which has sparked groups like the International Standards Organization (ISO) to commence developing ISO standard documents that govern and direct biobank development. ISBER is a truly international society having members from across the globe and is the world’s leading society for experts in all areas of biobanking.

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ANZCHOG-BN publication in Biopreservation & Biobanking April 2019

ANZCHOG-BN Letter to the Editor, Biopres Biobanking April 2019 Download

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ANZCHOG-BN biobanking workshop at the Hudson Institute in Melbourne, 12th February 2019

The ANZCHOG Biobanking Network ran a 1-day workshop on biobanking at the Hudson Institute of Medical Research in Melbourne VIC on Tuesday 12th February 2019, in conjunction with the Childhood Cancer Research Symposium.
The workshop included discussions around biobank operations (databases, datasets and data linkage), cost recovery and sustainability,  increasing support of national and international research, and living biobanks, and was a great success.

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