Emma Raymond, BAppSc., Wesley-St. Andrew’s Research Institute and Lynette Hunt, Skin Cancer College Australasia
Wesley-St. Andrew’s Research Institute and Skin Cancer College Australasia launches Australasian Skin Cancer Tissue Bank
The Wesley-St. Andrew’s Research Institute (WSARI) and the Skin Cancer College Australasia (SCCA) have joined forces to create Australia’s first comprehensive skin cancer tissue bank. The Australasian Skin Cancer Tissue Bank will be established within the ABB Tissue Bank at WSARI.
This tissue bank will comprise of biological samples of both non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers. “This is a great step forward for skin cancer research as there are currently no tissue banks that collect tissue from non-melanoma skin cancer, which is the most common form of cancer in Australia,” said Lynette Hunt, the Chief Executive Officer of Skin Cancer College Australasia.
With this joint venture, SCCA and WSARI hope to provide a world-leading resource to accelerate and support research into skin cancers, resulting in improved diagnostic outcomes and better understanding of diseases and treatment options.
The Australasian Skin Cancer Tissue Bank will collect tissue samples from 100 patients over the first year from six pilot sites established across Australia.
Tissue samples from ‘interesting’ or rare cancer types will be collected initially. This will be re-evaluated in response to researchers’ requests for specific cancer types through a feedback system approach.
WSARI and SCCA would like to thank their sponsors, including ABB for their generosity which has allowed this important resource for researchers to become a reality.
Researchers can access the donated samples and related clinical information stored in the Tissue Bank by applying to the ABB Tissue Bank Management Committee.
For more information, please visit http://www.wesleyresearch.org.au/tissue/asctb