Tissue Biobanking and Access to Disease Material

Date & Time:

March 28, 09:45 am - 03:00 pm



Suite 201, Level 2, 8 Herbert Street St Leonards, Sydney, NSW 2065

Sydney, NSW, AU, 2065

The 2019 RCPAQAP molecular genetics Workshop will focus on tissue biobanking and the critical role biobanks have as a biorepository for the storage and access of key clinical material, not only for research but also for clinical diagnostics.

The workshop is aimed at highlighting the role of tissue biobanks on what they do and what they can offer to the pathology and genetic testing community.

Presentations will cover topics including accessing cancer material and ethical issues for material usage. Biorepositories are a very important resource for accessing material given that newly identified genetic biomarkers are becoming a key challenge for DNA diagnostics and for clinical interpretations of disease.

This workshop will, therefore, highlight the role of tissue biobanks and how they can facilitate translational understanding of diseased tissue.


09:45 – 10:00:  REGISTRATION

Session 1

10:00 – 10:25:  Daniel Catchpoole (The Children’s Hospital at Westmead – The Tumour Bank)The Value of Human Engagement in Biobanking when in a World of Systems, Structures and Standards
10:25 – 10:50:  Cassandra Griffin & Simon King (Hunter Cancer Biobank)Hunter Cancer Biobank – what people think we do, and what we actually do!
10:50 – 11:15:  Shane Kirk (NSW Health Statewide Biobank)A Statewide Plan for Improving Biobanking

11:15 – 11:35:  MORNING TEA

Session 2

11:35 – 12:00:  Lisa Devereux (Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre – BROCADE Project) – Biobanking linked to cohort studies: A snapshot of a large population cohort and a rapid autopsy program tightly linked to translational research
12:00 – 12:25:  Robyn Leonard (Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia)Networked Biobanking – a consumer’s story
12:25 – 12:50:  Megan Ellis (Metro South Health – Cancer Collaborative Biobank)Blood Cancer Biobanking at PAH: the Cancer Collaborative Biobank

12:50 – 1:30       LUNCH

Session 3

1:30 – 1:55:  Carmel Quinn (Health Science Alliance (HSA) Biobank)The HSA Biobank: who we are, what we do and what we can offer
1:55 – 2:20:  Wayne Ng (Victorian Cancer Biobank) – Victorian Cancer Biobank
2:20 – 2:45:  Amanda Rush (Sydney Children’s Hospital Network Human Research Ethics – Committee Member)Ethical issues relating to tissue biobanking 

2:45 – 3:00      CLOSE