We would like to congratulate Professor Melissa Southey, on being awarded the Order of Australia Medal in recognition of her contributions to epidemiology and precision medicine. We are fortunate to have Professor Southey as the chair of our Strategic Advisory Group, who has been invaluable in leading the strategic direction and priorities of the VCB. Professor Southey has made immensely valuable contributions to diagnostic and research settings in Australia and internationally, with a particular focus on the common cancers utilising PEDIGREE's mature population-based studies and the application of new genetic technologies. We are
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.
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
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