Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia (BCBA) is a virtual biobank hub established to provide researchers easy access to the amount, quality and type of tissue and associated data they need to accelerate both paediatric and adult translational brain cancer research.
Associate Professor Eng-Siew Koh brings a unique perspective to the BCBA Steering Committee. An academic radiation oncologist and Chair of the Cooperative Trials Group for Neuro-Oncology (COGNO), Koh represents the leap from research enabled by BCBA tissue banking into clinical trials.
“Moving from the lab to the patient space via clinical trials requires collaboration at the highest level – and I am honoured to be part of that team approach.”
A/Prof Koh describes her role as COGNO Chair as her biggest professional achievement. She is committed to its broad portfolio of clinical trials and driven by the intellectual challenge of research,
“I enjoy the opportunity to make a contribution to progressing knowledge and ultimately improving outcomes for brain cancer patients,” she said.
Brain Cancer Awareness Month has begun with wonderful recognition for our Founding Chair, Professor Michael Besser AM, who has been awarded the 2022 Neurosurgical Society of Australasia Medal in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to neurosurgery and the neurosurgical community.
Professor Besser spearheaded the development of the BCBA Consortium in 2015 and his leadership and knowledge have been invaluable since. He became an integral part of the vision for BCBA following his care for Lucie Leonard as her neurosurgeon.
“I’m sure we’re not the only family forever grateful for his skill and care as we came to grips with the realities of a brain cancer diagnosis,’ said BCBA Founder, Robyn Leonard.
Congratulations to Professor Besser from all at BCBA!