VCB in the news Monday 13 August, 2012 Since the successful launch of the VCB site at The Alfred on August 10, the Biobank has received some great coverage in the media. An article appeared in The Age that morning where writer Julia Medew highlighted the fact that up until now, very few melanoma samples had been collected from patients due to the difficulty of accessing them through GP clinics, dermatologists and private pathology labs. Also on the day, CEO of the Biobank, Dr Anne Thompson was heard speaking about the importance of fresh tissue being made available
VCB feature in Geelong Advertiser Monday 6 August, 2012 Readers of the Geelong Advertiser may have noticed a feature on Biobank donor, Suzie Pickering from Bannockburn, in Saturday's edition of the paper. Margaret Linley's story, 'Gifts will aid others', highlights the donor's experience with breast cancer and makes special note of the fact that Geelong has the highest number of regional Victorians in research trials. Click here to download the full article.
Launch of The Alfred tissue bank Friday 3 August, 2012 THE ALFRED LAUNCH The Biobank is pleased to announce that Parliamentary Secretary for Health, Nick Wakeling MP, will officially launch The Alfred Tissue Bank on Friday 10th August at The Alfred Hospital. The Alfred Tissue Bank has been operating since January, and Biobank Coordinator Lisa McPhail has so far consented over fifty donors. During this time, Lisa has continued to receive excellent support from researchers and surgeons and in particular has been working closely with the Melbourne Melanoma Project and the Victorian Melanoma Service. The
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