ANZCHOG-BN biobanking workshop at Pullman Cairns International on 16th October 2019, in conjunction with the 2019 ABNA meeting

The ANZCHOG-BN held its second biobanking workshop in conjunction with the 2019 ABNA meeting in Cairns on 16th October 2019, supported by funding from Tour de Cure. The workshop covered the topics of retrospective vs prospective biobanking, biobank databases, modifying sample formats stored to support research of the future, and strategies to improve support for both national and international research. All attendees benefit a great deal from the discussions and from the face to face interactions with other network members.

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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 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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Event Recap: Biobanking Conference ‘Improving biobank standards – local and global perspectives’ Sydney 2018

The one day biobanking conference “Improving biobank standards -local and global perspective” was held on 11th June 2018 at the Kerry Packer Auditorium, Sydney. The event brought together over 180 biobanking professionals from all levels of government, private industry and academic sectors. We were fortunate in securing 14 esteemed national and international speakers who highlighted the Australasian biobanking community’s interest in improving biobanking standards.  A tour of the NSW Health Statewide Biobank, the first and largest facility of its kind in Australia,

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