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An update on the Victorian Cancer Biobank Wednesday 13 March, 2013 You may have heard there are some changes happening to the central operations of the Victorian Cancer Biobank. As you know, the Victorian Cancer Biobank has been funded through the Victorian Government for the past 7 years. This longstanding support has enabled VCB to build up a substantial collection of annotated tissue samples for cancer research and to implement ‘value-added’ components, such as the construction of tissue microarrays and DNA and RNA extraction. Following this successful implementation phase, the focus of VCB

Successful Symposium for the VCB Monday 10 December, 2012 We are pleased to report that the Victorian Cancer Biobank Symposium 2012 – Supporting Translational Research, held on November 23 at the Telstra Theatrette, was a great success. Presentations were given by researchers from Peter Mac, WEHI, Royal Melbourne Hospital, St Vincent’s, Prince Henry’s, Southern Health, as well as interstate representation from the Garvan Institute (NSW) and CSIRO (SA). Audience members were provided with a snapshot of some of the research undertaken using the broad range biospecimens and services provided by the Biobank. See below for a list of

BioGrid and Biobank join forces Monday 10 September, 2012 Cancer research has taken a major step forward in Victoria as the Victorian Cancer Biobank and BioGrid Australia join forces to improve bowel cancer management. The collaboration allows researchers for the first time in Australia to access detailed data associated with tissue and blood samples. Maureen Turner, CEO of BioGrid Australia, said today: “Our collaboration opens up new possibilities, further strengthening the work that is underway to establish an integrated technology platform for cancer research in Victoria,” she said. The Victorian Government announced in the 2012

VCB in the news Monday 13 August, 2012 Since the successful launch of the VCB site at The Alfred on August 10, the Biobank has received some great coverage in the media. An article appeared in The Age that morning where writer Julia Medew highlighted the fact that up until now, very few melanoma samples had been collected from patients due to the difficulty of accessing them through GP clinics, dermatologists and private pathology labs. Also on the day, CEO of the Biobank, Dr Anne Thompson was heard speaking about the importance of fresh tissue being made available

Melanoma research gets Biobank boost Today melanoma researchers have a new resource to help them gain a greater understanding of melanomas and develop more effective treatments with the launch of a new tissue collection facility at The Alfred Hospital. Set up by the Biobank and funded by the Victorian Government through the Victorian Cancer Agency, the facility will collect tissue to provide much needed support to collaborative research projects such as the Melbourne Melanoma Project based at Peter Mac and the Victorian Melanoma Service at The Alfred. Medical Oncologist and researcher for the

VCB feature in Geelong Advertiser Monday 6 August, 2012 Readers of the Geelong Advertiser may have noticed a feature on Biobank donor, Suzie Pickering from Bannockburn, in Saturday's edition of the paper. Margaret Linley's story, 'Gifts will aid others', highlights the donor's experience with breast cancer and makes special note of the fact that Geelong has the highest number of regional Victorians in research trials. Click here to download the full article.

Launch of The Alfred tissue bank Friday 3 August, 2012 THE ALFRED LAUNCH The Biobank is pleased to announce that Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Nick Wakeling MP, will officially launch The Alfred Tissue Bank on Friday 10th August at The Alfred Hospital. The Alfred Tissue Bank has been operating since January, and Biobank Coordinator Lisa McPhail has so far consented over fifty donors. During this time, Lisa has continued to receive excellent support from researchers and surgeons and in particular has been working closely with the Melbourne Melanoma Project and the Victorian Melanoma Service. The

VCB and VCR Collaboration Tuesday 17 July, 2012 VCB AND VCR COLLABORATION In collaboration with the Victorian Cancer Registry (VCR), the Biobank has conducted an exercise to compare VCR coded entries with the VCB assigned codes in the Cresalys database. The study was undertaken to investigate the feasibility of linking fields contained in the VCR database with the fields in the Cresalys database. Currently Biobank staff enter data obtained from pathology reports into Cresalys. This data is also coded by the Data Managers at the VCR. Pathology data from 493 cases was extracted from Cresalys