Australia’s First Comprehensive Skin Cancer Tissue Bank

July 31st, 2015 in Biorepository Profile
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.

Emma Raymond (left) & Lynette Hunt (right) come together for the establishment of the Australasian Skin Cancer Tissue Bank (ASCTB)

For more information, please visit http://www.wesleyresearch.org.au/tissue/asctb

4 Responses to Australia’s First Comprehensive Skin Cancer Tissue Bank

  1. Susan Brink says:

    This is an important effort. e-consent systems can assist with the administration and management of patient consent for biobanking of tissue samples.

  2. David T Harris, PhD says:

    Will the skin cancer banking be storing tumor biopsies or will other tissues and fluids (e.g., blood) also be collected and stored?

  3. Emma Raymond says:

    Hi David
    We are currently looking into what we will collect. At this stage we are mainly collecting tissue but we also have a few cases with blood as well as tumour tissue and FFPEs. Our main goal is to collect what researchers need, so open to any feedback you may have.
    Thanks, Emma

  4. Emma Raymond says:

    Hi David
    We are currently reviewing what to collect. We have some cases with blood and tissue and some just tissue (FFPEs and snap frozen.) Our aim is to collect what is most useful to researchers, and we are open to any suggestions.

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