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.

Final report on “Definition of Minimum Standards for CINSW BSN Biobanks” published

We are pleased to announce the completion of A/Prof Jennifer Byrne’s 2013/14 Biobanking Stakeholder Network project, “Definition of Minimum Standards for CINSW BSN Biobanks”. Cancer Institute NSW funded three survey-based projects in 2013/14, which together were tasked with gaining an in-depth understanding of the practices and systems across BSN biobanks, via a comprehensive combined survey. Our survey yielded a large volume of valuable data, and the final project report can be accessed via the icon below.

The report includes collated and analysed data from all 23 operational cancer biobanks in NSW, as well as stated deliverables from the project proposal:

  • Minimal biobank features to assist in the evaluation of feasible networking models for the BSN
  • Guidelines and recommendations to assist new biobanks in their establishment
  • A review and development of recommendations for biobanking best practices to be used in the BSN setting
  • A gap analysis of the current landscape of cancer biobanking in NSW
  • Proposed models of networking suitable for cancer biobanks in NSW

It is our hope that the report will provide useful information for all biobanking stakeholders, guidance for biobanks in their infancy, and solutions to harmonise the NSW cancer biobanking sector.

If you are interested in a copy of this report, please click here.

Suggested citation:

Rush, A. and Byrne, J.A. ‘Definition of Minimum Standards for CINSW BSN Biobanks: Comprehensive survey results and recommendations for standardisation and networking of cancer biobanks in NSW’. Sydney. Kids Cancer Alliance Translational Cancer Research Centre. September 2014.

BSN website goes live!

This website forms part of a project, funded by the Biobanking Stakeholder Network (BSN) for 2014/15 (see the About page for further information on the project). The website is intended to provide details of cancer biobanks in NSW, as well as upcoming biobanking events and resources.

The website will be regularly updated, so please check back for regular project updates and new resources.