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Free biobanking conference!

“Improving biobank standards- local and global perspectives”

Tuesday 12th June, 10am to 5pm
Kerry Packer
Auditorium, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Campus, Camperdown, Sydney (
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Opening address: Dr Kerry Chant (NSW Chief Health Officer)

Confirmed speakers

Professor Peter Watson (Vancouver, Canada)

Professor Sunil Lakhani (University of Queensland)

Professor Jennifer Byrne (Kids Research Institute)

Professor Christine Clarke (Westmead Institute for Medical Research)

Professor Ian Kerridge (University of Sydney)

Dr Tony Penna (NSW Office for Health and Medical Research)

A/Prof Kevin Spring (Ingham Institute for Applied Medical Research)

Full programme with additional speakers will be available shortly

Registration via Eventbrite

Please register, as places are limited, and catering will be supplied.

Supported by Cancer Institute NSW

For all enquiries please call Ms Bharvi Maneck on (02) 9845 1213 or respond via email.
We look forward to sharing the conference with you.


Biobanking Stakeholder Network Symposium

Organisation of this Biobanking Stakeholder Network symposium formed part of the 2014/15 BSN project “Improving Biospecimen Quality within BSN Biobanks”. The symposium was jointly hosted by the Cancer Institute NSW and The University of Sydney for BSN member biobank staff and other interested stakeholders.

The symposium was held on Friday 22nd May, 2015, at the Darlington Centre Conference Room, 174 City Rd, Darlington, The University of Sydney.

It was divided into two sections, with a morning session (Part 1) featuring presentations on ‘Positioning biobanking to meet the 21st century’ and a late morning/afternoon session (Part 2) on biospecimen quality, from the perspective of biobanks and researchers. The day commenced with presentations from the Office for Health and Medical Research, and NSW Health Pathology, followed by Professor Sanchia Aranda, Acting CEO of Cancer Institute NSW. The remainder of the day featured presentations on the three main areas of BSN research, namely patient consent, data linkage, and operations standardisation, and presentations on biospecimen quality from both a biobank and researcher perspective.

The conference program, found here, showcased a day of biobanking presentations, discussions and networking. Presentations from the day have been posted in the resources section of the website.

If you would like more information on this BSN biobanking conference, please email Amanda Rush using details on the contacts page.

2015 ISBER conference

The International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) hosts an annual meeting and exhibits for members, other biobankers, related disciplines and industry representatives. The next meeting will be held in Phoenix, Arizona in May 2015, and provides an opportunity for learning and networking in an international biobanking arena. Session details, costs and abstract/registration closing dates can be found on the ISBER website.