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.

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  • Consortium Member Spotlight: Professor Claire Vajdic

    April 2024

    Cancer epidemiologist, big data specialist and BCBA Steering Committee Member, Prof Claire Vajdic, leads a research program at the Kirby Institute, UNSW, using large-scale health data to drive best practice health care and reduce unwarranted variation in the delivery of care for people with cancer.

    Her current focus is streamlining researcher access to nationally significant datasets – the ‘big data’ needed to transform the way we treat diseases like brain cancer.

    Professor Vajdic became interested in brain cancer research following the death of a young friend from the disease.

    ‘I was drawn to study this heartbreaking cancer because we understand so little about its natural history.’

    Her love of numbers and data, combined with an interest in maximizing the use of datasets for public good, has made epidemiology and biostatistics the perfect career choice.

    ‘As soon as I discovered public health research, there was no looking back.’

    Inspired by the dedication and commitment of everyone working in brain cancer research, Prof Vajdic has been a member of the BCBA Steering Committee since the national consortium was established in 2015.

    ‘We’re very fortunate to have been able to call on Claire’s expertise these past 9 years’, says BCBA Founder/Director Robyn Leonard, ‘Her knowledge of big data in Australian health research has been integral to the development of our Australian Brain Cancer Registry project’.

  • New Roles for BCBA Chair, Professor Lindy Jeffree

    March 2024

    Warm congratulations to Professor Lindy Jeffree, on her new position as Director of Neurosurgery at Melbourne’s Alfred Hospital and her Professorship in the Department of Surgery at Monash University.

    In addition to her new roles and leadership of BCBA, Prof Jeffree is the Principal Investigator on a recently awarded MRFF grant and Chairs the Australian Brain Registry Working Group. Commenting on her relocation from Brisbane to Melbourne, Prof Jeffree said,

    "It’s a big change, but I’m really excited to be joining the team at Alfred Brain and also working with local clinicians on collecting Victorian data for the Australian Brain Cancer Registry”.

    Stay tuned for updates as Prof Jeffree continues to steer BCBA's efforts in advancing brain cancer research and optimising brain cancer patient care.



  • Bike Ride for Brain Cancer

    10th - 11th May 2024

    Join the 2024 Bike Ride for Brain Cancer to help change the future for brain cancer patients and their families. The Ride is the annual fundraising event for our charity arm – the Brain Cancer Collective.