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Applying for Biospecimens

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For Publications, Presentations and Reports:

Please acknowledge the VCB in all publications, presentations and reports by using the following statement:

“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 and Human Services”.

Ordering your specimens is as easy as 1,2,3

Applying For Biospecimens

Step One: Contact the VCB for a detailed query of availability

For a detailed sample search report customized to your research needs, please provide us with:

  • Disease site(s) of interest;
  • Number of fresh frozen and/or paraffin embedded tissue samples required;
  • Sample types needed – tumour, matching normal, blood (serum, plasma, , buffy etc);
  • Any additional services – RNA extraction, DNA extraction, tissue microarray construction;
  • Inclusion/exclusion criteria.

Please email the VCB Application Manager at VCBEnquiries@cancervic.org.au to determine if the VCB can provide you with your research needs.

Step Two: Submit an Application

You will be required to complete and submit the following form:

Coupled with Application Form A and Application for Biospecimens or Services (Form B), you will also be required to submit the following documentation to complete the application:

  • Curriculum vitae of Principle Investigator (no longer than 2 pages)
  • HREC (NEAF or equivalent) approval and amendment letters
  • Complete HREC (NEAF or equivalent) application document

Step Three: VCB Access Committee Approval

The VCB is committed to customer service and aims to achieve Access Committee review and approval within 5-7 business days.

Upon approval, your project will commence! Any subsequent de-identified clinical data will be securely transferred to you and samples will be shipped expeditiously.

You can find more details by accessing the following: Specimen Sample Request Procedure (coming soon).

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