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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

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

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