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
The VCB is looking forward to participating in the upcoming International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting. Wayne Ng and Samantha Higgins are both involved in the meeting. Please join us! Details & registration: https://www.isber.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1163596 Educational Workshop: I See QMS From Both Sides Now: Discovering The Net Benefit of Tools to Your Biobank on Thursday, 3.30am – 6.00am AEST Roundtable Discussion: Improving Trust in Biobanking on Thursday, 9.30am – 10.15am AEST
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.