The Victorian Cancer Biobank continues to strive to deliver our high-quality services and play our part to facilitate cancer research despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout the 2020-2021 year. View our Annual Key Achievements in FY 2020-21 here. We look forward to another year of success and improving cancer outcomes.
Our team at the VCB would like to send our warm greetings for the upcoming Christmas and New Year season. The VCB will be closed during this holiday period. Kindly refer to the details of each tissue bank sites closure period below: Austin Health: Closed 23rd Dec 2021 to 3rd Jan 2022 Eastern Health: Closed 22nd Dec 2021 to 3rd Jan 2022 Melbourne Health: Closed 22nd Dec 2021 to 3rd Jan 2022 Monash Health: Temporary closure Peter Mac: Closed 24th Dec to 3rd Jan 2022 Central Operations: Closed 24th Dec 2021 to 7th Jan 2022
We are seeking an International Advisor and a General Representative to join our Strategic Advisory Group at the Victorian Cancer Biobank. These roles will provide advice to the VCB to guide its strategic direction and priorities to achieve the Mission and Vision of the VCB, and to enable the long-term viability and sustainability of the consortium. If this opportunity interests you, please check out the description below for more details. For expression of interest in either of these roles, or nomination form, please contact: Dr Wayne Ng - firstname.lastname@example.org Nomination deadline: COB 12th
The VCB, alongside Gold Coast Biobank, is excited to announce the second session of the Biobanking Virtual Forum – The Business Matrix: “The National Biobanking Strategy” Biobanking has been acknowledged as a critical research infrastructure but the industry generally operating in a siloed fashion. An effort towards establishing a national biobanking strategy and forming a collaborative framework would streamline researchers access to specimens, unlimiting biobanks’ full potential to support research innovation. Join our upcoming free event to be a part of this important discussion and much more. We are honoured to have
The VCB, alongside Gold Coast Biobank, is excited to announce and host the upcoming event Biobanking Virtual Forum – The Business Matrix. Interested in expanding your knowledge in technical, managerial, regulatory, and ethical skills to manage a biobanking business? Want to gain insights about a career path in biobanking, or want to share your experience as a biobanking expert in the industry? Join our upcoming event to discover the answers to these questions and much more. We are honoured to have Cassandra Griffin, Prof Paul Hofman, and Dr Zisis Kozladidis as the
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.
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