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: 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.


    May 2024

    This month we go grey to raise awareness and funds for brain cancer.

    The devastating legacy of brain cancer never leaves those it touches.
    - Brain cancer kills more children than any other disease
    - Brain cancer kills more adults under 40 than any other cancer
    - Brain cancer is extremely difficult to access and virtually impossible to completely remove
    - There is not enough tumour tissue available for research
    - We don’t have big data to drive research and standardise patient care
    - There has been no major breakthrough in over 40 years

    Our mission is to change this.

    So please help us promote awareness by sharing our post, creating a fundraiser on our charity website, or simply make a donation | www.braincancercollective.com.au

    Together we can change the future for brain cancer patients and their families.