Mesothelioma is now as common, or more common, in Australia and Europe than many other cancers eg. those of the liver, bone, cervix, ovary and stomach. Whilst a lot is now known about this disease, further developments require the use of newer high throughput methods of study such as microarray and proteomic analyses. High quality tissue and blood collections are an essential component of this sort of work.
The Australia Mesothelioma Tissue Bank aims to provide appropriate access to these serum, blood cell, and tissue samples, and therefore facilitate research projects within the medical community that will be able to identify novel methods of cancer treatment using the immune system and possibly new substances to block biologic pathways in cancer cells.
ABN-Oncology Access Policy
The ABN-Oncology group was established to provide a conduit for researchers to gain access to ethically consented, high quality clinically-annotated biospecimens and data. The intention of the group is to make information on tissue repositories freely available and to provide fair and equitable access to tissues for Australian researchers.
The ABN-Oncology group aims to facilitate access to individual tissue banks through the Tissue Specimen Locator and the Hub Manager. Specimens are being collected using tissue bank-specific patient information and consent forms, therefore access to specimens is controlled by the collecting bank and relevant Human Research Ethics Committee. Each individual tissue bank also has control over its own application procedure and access policy, based on the scientific merit and peer review of applications submitted, and the impact the request will have on the resources of the tissue bank.
Should a disagreement arise between an individual tissue bank and a researchers applying for tissue, ABN-Oncology will assist by inviting suitable individuals with experience in the relevant areas to form an appeals board to hear the dispute.
Should the tissue samples you require not be available, the ABN-Oncology group may still be able to assist by prospectively collecting the samples you require. For more information, please contact the Hub Manager.
Specific AMTB Access Policy
Researchers who use material originating from the Australasian Biospecimen Network – Oncology group are required to acknowledge the ABN as the source of research samples in all relevant publications and presentations. This acknowledgement must appear in the Methods or Acknowledgements section as a minimum. Recommended wording is as follows:
‘Biospecimens were provided by members of the ABN-Oncology group, which is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council’.
Should a significant contribution be made by the ABN-Oncology group to the publication in question, co-authorship may be sought. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, and will follow the recommendations of the authorship section of the ‘Joint NHMRC/AVCC Statement and Guidelines on Research Practice’ (available at http://www.nhmrc.gov.au/funding/policy/researchprac.htm).
Once an article is submitted for publication, the Chief Investigator must send a copy of each publication to the Hub Manager of the ABN-Oncology group.