We are proud to announce that VCB was recently granted the international biobanking certification by the Canadian Tissue Repository Network on November 12, 2020. This was a coordinated effort from the VCB team across 6 sites, led by our Quality Manager Samantha Higgins. All VCB staff successfully completed biobanking best practice education modules and essential biobank processes/documents have been aligned towards international best practice standards. To learn more about our journey in achieving this certification and what this means for the VCB, please check out the interview with our Quality Manager
The University of Melbourne Innovation Practice Program (IPP) provides insights to biobanking challenges
It has been an excellent opportunity for VCB to participate in the Innovation Practice Program (IPP) with the Melbourne School of Engineering at the University of Melbourne. Our Project Manager Dr Gavin Higgins mentored a team of Masters students to work on an innovation solution for a business challenge facing the VCB. Thank you Dr Peter Cebon for leading this program and the students (Lingzhi Cao, Qiuyan Fu, Sii Kim Lau, Sithira Jayasinghe, Shumin Yu, and Yasmin O’Brien) for their contribution to the VCB. Please see our publications webpage for the full
The 2019-2020 year saw Victorian Cancer Biobank continues to be a key research infrastructure in Victoria and achieve our goal in providing high quality biospecimens, data and services to accelerate research that improve cancer outcomes. These achievements were made possible with the support from the Victorian Government Department of Health & Human Services, Victoria, our generous Victorian donors, our team and consortium partners (Cancer Council Victoria, Austin Health, Eastern Health, Melbourne Health, Monash Health, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre) and the researchers. We look forward to another year of success and improving cancer outcomes.
We are excited to launch the new VCB Specimen Catalogue on our website. This catalogue shows real-time inventory of the Victorian Cancer Biobank tumour biospecimens and is powered by OpenSpecimen (Biobanking LIMS). We have also improved the enquiry form to better assist with researcher requests. Please feel free to provide us with feedback via our online contact form.
Dear clients, In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to provide you an update on our services. Currently the Victorian Cancer Biobank (VCB) is operating at reduced capacity as some of our team members have been seconded to assist hospitals with the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to operate, however our response and delivery times may be delayed as we attempt to cover staff shortages. This is an evolving situation and we will continue to provide updates in the coming weeks. If you have immediate questions regarding the servicing of existing
The Victorian Cancer Biobank invites all researchers who have used, are using, or plan to use biospecimens/data or biobanking services within Victoria, Australia to contribute their views towards current biobanking practices and future development/model of biobanks in Victoria. Your feedback would be invaluable for allowing biobanks, their stakeholders and funders to understand the research demands for biobanking in Victoria. If you are interested, please complete this anonymous survey by 20th March 2020. The survey will take less than 10 minutes to complete. Aggregate results from the survey will be published. If you