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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  • Join Our Team: Project Coordinator Positions for Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia

    July 2024

    We are excited to announce two project coordinator roles to support the development of ground-breaking research infrastructure. 

    As the recipient of the MRFF 2022 Australian Brain Cancer Research Infrastructure Grant, BCBA has commenced work to establish an integrated network of research infrastructure platforms supporting brain cancer research. These include a Clinical Quality Registry and a Biobanking and Organoids Platform.

    The successful candidates will be instrumental in coordinating and managing key aspects of these platforms. This is a unique opportunity for individuals passionate about advancing brain cancer research.

    Available Positions:

    1.Clinical Quality Registry Project Coordinator
    2.Biobanking and Organoids Project Coordinator

    If you are dedicated to making a difference in brain cancer research, we encourage you to express your interest in these roles.

    For more details about the positions, please click on the respective links above.

  • Australian-First Patient Portal Will Enhance Collaboration in Brain Cancer Research

    July 2024

    The launch of an Australian-first enrolment portal will put patients at the heart of our collaborative approach to defeating brain cancer.

    With work now in progress on our Registry Clinical Trials and Patient Enrolment Platform we expect to have this vital piece of infrastructure operational by the end of the year.

    As one of our three integrated projects to build brain cancer research infrastructure, the platform will allow patients to nominate themselves to participate in research, creating a national collaboration between clinicians, researchers, and patients.

    The enrolment portal is being developed in partnership with Australian Families for Genomics (AF4G) and Cancer Alliance Queensland. Adapting existing technology - ‘Madeline’s Model’ - for online enrolment, the portal will facilitate patient consent for tissue and data collection, streamline access and recruitment to clinical trials and enable researchers to undertake the data analysis needed to find answers faster.

    “This is a huge step forward in overcoming the problem of patient recruitment and consent- a barrier that has been hampering research. The Registry Clinical Trials and Patient Enrolment Platform will enable rapid translation of findings into clinical practice, vastly improving and accelerating brain cancer research.” Professor Lindy Jeffree, Chair, Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia.

  • Consortium Member Spotlight: Danica Cossio

    June 2024

    We are delighted to announce that BCBA Consortium Member, Danica Cossio, has been promoted to the role of Director at Cancer Alliance Queensland (CAQ).

    Danica’s journey into the cancer clinical trial field began right after university, setting her on a path specialising in health information management. After 19 years at CAQ, she remains as committed as ever to improving care for cancer patients. 

    “I’m passionate about using evidence, information and data to ensure high-quality and safe cancer care.”

    Danica and her team at CAQ have been integral to the work of Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia. They collaborated on the successful MRFF grant to build an integrated network of brain cancer research platforms, developed the first Queensland Brain Cancer Quality Index, and are now focusing on the development of the Australian Brain Cancer Registry.

    “The integrated network of research platforms will be the first of its kind in Australia and presents a multitude of possibilities to improve the lives of people affected by brain cancer.”

    In her new role, Danica will be driving forward initiatives like the Australian Brain Cancer Registry and the launch of Queensland's first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cancer Quality Index – an important initiative to mark CAQ's 20-year anniversary this year.

    Please join us in congratulating Danica on her appointment.