The Victorian Cancer Biobank consortium provides a coordinated and integrated program that collects and distributes tissue samples to support cancer research in Victoria, Australia and throughout the world with the aim of delivering better clinical outcomes to people with cancer.
Since operations commenced in 2006, more than 19,000 Victorians undergoing cancer and other surgery have donated blood and surplus tissue to the Biobank. Applications have been received from 135 cancer research groups located within Australia and overseas and more than 28,000 biospecimens prepared from donated blood and tissues have been supplied with de-identified medical information.
The Victorian Cancer Biobank is now one of the largest multi-centre collection facilities of its kind in the world, collecting tissue and blood from donors at 27 public and private hospitals in metropolitan Melbourne. In addition, we support training of molecular pathologists to improve skills and knowledge in the use of targeted therapies in cancer management.
The Consortium member organisations are:
Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre
Cancer Council Victoria (Lead Agency)