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.
The rare nature of brain cancer subtypes means that it can take many years to accumulate sufficient specimens for meaningful research. This month we highlight the contribution of the brain tumour bank at the Kolling Institute in Sydney. Established in 2003, the collection is now the largest in the BCBA Network and having recently completed a specimen audit it is probably also the most up to date. Under the direction of A/Prof Viive Howell, tissues collected and archived from donors at the Royal North Shore and North Shore Private Hospitals for over 15 years are making an invaluable contribution to both local and international research into many brain cancer subtypes.
For information on recent landmark studies and further information on the Kolling Institute Brain Tumour Bank click here
The first meeting of the Australian Brain Cancer Mission Strategic Advisory Group was hosted by the Federal Government agency, Cancer Australia, in Sydney on 3rd/4th April 2018. BCBA consortium members Anna Nowak, Lindy Jeffree, Mark Rosenthal and Robyn Leonard are members of the Strategic Advisory Group. The Group was established to provide strategic advice and guidance to support the $100 million Australian Brain Cancer Mission in achieving its objective of doubling the survival rates and improving the quality of life of patients with brain cancer over the next 10 years.
For more information on The Mission click here
$175,000 and counting - what an incredible fundraising result! To our sponsors, riders, donors and everyone involved in making this event such a resounding success, BCBA says thank you. These funds will assist us in our continuing effort to facilitate researcher access to the tissue and data that is vital to advancing brain cancer research and ultimately defeating this deadly disease. Let’s do it again! Register your interest for our next ride in 2019!
"Improving biobank standards - local and global perspectives" is the title of the full day conference to be held at RPA on 12th June 2018. Dr Kerry Chant, NSW Chief Health Officer, will deliver the opening address with an impressive line up of local and international guest speakers to follow.
For more information and to register for the event visit Eventbrite
2:15 - 4:15pm 7th October 2018
The annual BCBA Consortium Meeting will once again be held in conjunction with the COGNO Annual Scientific Meeting. This year the meeting will be held in Brisbane. We will provide venue information as it comes to hand.
18-19 October 2018
"The Art of BioBanking" is the title of this year’s ABNA conference to be held in Melbourne. Further information will follow.
We would like to invite you to support brain cancer research by joining us on the next BCBA Bike Ride for Brain Cancer in 2019. Register your interest to ride and stay in touch through our Facebook page @BCBAustralia
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