Victorian Cancer Biobank

The VCB consortium brings together the expertise and resources of five major tissue banks in Melbourne, which specialise in participant recruitment, specimen collection and processing, and clinical data entry.

This consortium model empowers us to best serve the research community with a vast repository of invaluable biospecimens and clinical data. Our network comprises of five tissue banks sites nestled within a network of 26 hospitals across Victoria. While not all of these hospitals are consortium members, they expand our reach and capabilities to respond swiftly to requests for tailored prospective collections and ensures that we can provide crucial biobanking support for cutting-edge clinical trials.

Led by Cancer Council Victoria, the VCB consortium is comprised of Austin Health, Eastern Health, Melbourne Health, Monash Health, and Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre. As the lead agency, Cancer Council Victoria is responsible for project management, business development, quality assurance and data management.

Cancer Council Victoria

Dr Wayne Ng

General Manager

Ms Samantha Higgins

Quality Manager

Mr Duncan Villanueva

Data Systems Manager

Dr Jonas Hess

Business Development Manager

Dr Milon Pang

Quality Project Lead

Ms Tracy Cooksey

Office Coordinator

Austin Health

Dr Alison Skene

Tissue Bank Head

Ms Angela Mountain

Tissue Bank Manager

Ms Tess Mckay

Medical Scientist

Ms Heidi Zhong

Medical Scientist

Eastern Health

Professor Christopher Gilfillan

Tissue Bank Head

Ms Susan Hume

Tissue Bank Manager

Ms Camille Rose Schneider

Tissue Bank Coordinator

Ms Ashanthi Martyn

Tissue Bank Coordinator

Monash Health

Professor Beena Kumar

Tissue Bank Head

Mr Jhoseph Marquez

Tissue Bank Manager

Mr Daniel Simmonds

Medical Scientist

Peter Mac

Professor Stephen Fox

Tissue Bank Head

Ms Samantha Cauberg

Tissue Bank Manager

Ms Ashley Rudge

Acting Tissue Bank Manager

Ms Mira Liu

Research Assistant

Ms Taylor Everett

Research Assistant

Ms Lan Zhang

Tissue Bank Administration

Royal Melbourne Hospital

Professor Geoff Lindeman

Tissue Bank Head

Ms Leanne Graham

Tissue Bank Manager

Ms Karen Velasco

Medical Scientist

Ms Kimmy Zhao

Medical Scientist

Leading biobanking at healthcare institutions in Victoria

The team across Cancer Council Victoria, Austin Health, Eastern Health, Melbourne Health, the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre and Monash Health. Each Tissue Bank also collaborates with multiple satellite sites to collect critical masses of specimens for research projects.

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The Victorian Cancer Biobank through the Cancer Council Victoria as Lead Agency is supported by the Victorian Government through the Victorian Cancer Agency, a business unit of the Department of Health.

RAP Victorian Cancer Biobank would like to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we live and work. We would also like to pay respect to the elders past and present and extend that respect to all other Aboriginal people.

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Consortium members

Cancer Council Victoria Austin Health Eastern Health Monash Health Peter Mac Royal Melbourne Hospital

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