Work on the Australasian Biospecimen Network-Oncology Project commenced in 2005. The project was re-funded in 2010 with the awarding of a 2nd Enabling Grant from the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council for a further 5 years. The main aim of the ABN-Onc project is to support, link and grow the tumour banking efforts of institutions in Australia. As part of this aim, we have developed a web-based tissue specimen locator which allows researchers to search a national database to find out if and where the tissue they need is available. A range of protocols from member banks have been developed in order to maintain a high quality of samples across collection sites and are available as a resource to assist new tissue banks. Communication across the ABN is facilitated by an email list maintained by the ABN-Oncology Hub Manager and this website, enabling individuals to be aware of our activities.
The ABN-Oncology Tissue Specimen Locator development has been completed and is live with current Biospecimen collection data. Contact the ABN Hub Manager for further assistance ABN.ProjectManager@petermac.org.
A document containing general guidelines and suggested protocols for biorepositories has been completed and placed on our Protocols page. These guidelines cover issues such as consent, specimen collection, specimen processing, and storage. With this document, ABN-Oncology aims to provide information for biorepositories and also to add to the literature surrounding best practice principles in tissue banking.