Biobanks collect and store various types of clinical samples such as blood and tissue and associated data from consenting donors for use in research.
Clinical samples are collected from patients during surgery for diagnosis and treatment. Any material not required for diagnosis can be stored in a biobank. Researchers with ethically approved projects can then apply to access samples and associated de-identified data for research.
Brain cancer biobanks
There are a number of biobanks around Australia that collect and store biospecimens and data from patients who have been diagnosed with brain cancer - see list below. These samples support research into diagnosis, treatment and improved clinical management of brain cancer patients.
Biobanked specimens with associated high-quality clinical data facilitate various types of research projects including genomic, biomarker, drug resistance, drug discovery and precision medicine. Please CLICK HERE to find out more about the research projects supported by our network member biobanks.
Any adult or child who has been diagnosed with brain cancer can participate in biobanking.
If you would like to donate clinical samples your first step would be to speak with your treating clinician. If you require further assistance please contact us at BCBA. See below for a list of brain cancer biobanks and hospitals collecting brain tumour tissue and other brain cancer related biospecimens. If you are considering whole brain donation, currently this can only be facilitated via the Hunter Cancer Biobank, Sydney Brain Tumour Bank and the South Australian Brain Bank.
The Canberra Hospital
No longer recruiting donors
Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital; This biobank collects secondary brain cancers (brain metastases) from donors with primary breast cancer, as well as other cancers.
Royal Children's Hospital
Adelaide Women and Children’s Hospital, Camperdown Hospital, Children’s Hospital Westmead, Flinders Medical Centre, John Hunter Hospital, Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, Liverpool Hospital, Mater Hospital Brisbane, Monash Medical Centre, Newcastle Mater Hospital, Prince of Wales Hospital (and private), Royal Adelaide Hospital, Royal Children’s Hospital Brisbane, Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, Royal Darwin Hospital, Royal North Shore Hospital, Royal Hobart Hospital, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, St George Hospital, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney Children’s Hospital, Westmead Adults Hospital, Wollongong Hospital
John Hunter Hospital, Calvary Mater Newcastle Hospital, Newcastle private hospitals
Royal North Shore Hospital, North Shore Private Hospital
Monash Children's Hospital
Royal Brisbane and Womens Hospital
No longer recruiting donors
Lady Cilento Children's Hospital, Mater Children's Private Hospital
Flinders Medical Centre
Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Lifehouse, Westmead Hospital, Westmead Private Hospital
Princess Margaret Hospital for Children
Westmead Children's Hospital