University of Sydney Tissue Banks

Current tissue banking activity at the University of Sydney and its affiliated teaching hospitals and research institutes.

Australian Breast Cancer Tissue Bank
Auspicing Institution: Westmead Institute for Cancer Research
Collection Sites: Royal Prince Alfred, Westmead, Royal North Shore, St Vincent's, John Hunter and Port Macquarie Hospitals
Key Contact(s): Ms Jane Carpenter (jane_carpenter@wmi.usyd.edu.au)
Website: http://www.abctb.org.au/
Biospecimens collected: Breast tumours and matched blood (DNA is routinely extracted from all blood samples; RNA is extracted from tissues on request)
Access to Biospecimens:  By application.  Further details and application forms can be found on the BCTB website.
Breast Tumour and Tissue Bank (Kolling Institute of Medical Research)
Auspicing Institution: Kolling Institute for Medical Research
Collection Sites: Royal North Shore, North Shore Private and Mater Hospitals
Key Contact(s): Professor Rob Baxter (robert.baxter@sydney.edu.au)
Related Website: Kolling Institute of Medical Research website: http://www.kolling.usyd.edu.au/
Biospecimens collected: Breast tumours
Access to Biospecimens:  By application.  Access to biospecimens may be granted for ethically approved projects related to cancer. Priority is given to researchers at Royal North Shore Hospital.
Colorectal Cancer (CRC) Tissue Bank
Auspicing Institution: Concord Hospital
Collection Sites: Concord Hospital
Key Contact(s): Dr Charles Chan (charles.chan@email.cs.nsw.gov.au)
Related Website: http://www.cs.nsw.gov.au/csls/CRGH/AnatPath/
Biospecimens collected: Colorectal tumours
Access to Biospecimens:  By application.  Access to biospecimens may be granted to support collaborative research with the clinicians and researchers involved in collecting the biospecimens.
Gynaecological Tissue Bank
Auspicing Institution: Westmead Institute for Cancer Research
Collection Sites: Westmead Hospital
Key Contact(s): Ms Catherine Kennedy (catherine_kennedy@wmi.usyd.edu.au) and Dr Anna de Fazio (anna_defazio@wmi.usyd.edu.au)
(Related) Website: Westmead Institute for Cancer Reseearch website: http://www.wmi.usyd.edu.au/research/cancer.htm
Biospecimens collected: Gynaecological tumours
Access to Biospecimens:  By application.  Access to biospecimens may be granted to support gynaecological cancer research, including collaborative research with the clinicians and researchers involved in collecting the biospecimens.
Gynaecological Tumour and Tissue Bank (Kolling Institute of Medical Research)
Auspicing Institution: Kolling Institute for Medical Research
Collection Sites: Royal North Shore, North Shore Private and Mater Hospitals
Key Contact(s): A/Professor Deborah Marsh (deborah.marsh@sydney.edu.au)
Website: Kolling Institute of Medical Research website: http://www.kolling.med.usyd.edu.au
Biospecimens collected: Ovarian, endometrial, cervical and vulval tumours
Access to Biospecimens:  By application.  Access to biospecimens may be granted for ethically approved projects related to cancer. Priority is given to researchers at Royal North Shore Hospital.
Head and Neck Tissue Bank
Auspicing Institution: The Sydney Head and Neck Cancer Institute
Collection Sites: Royal Prince Alfred Hospital
Key Contact(s): Dr Guy Lyons (guy.lyons@sydney.edu.au)
Related Website: http://www.shnci.org/index.html
Biospecimens collected: Head and neck tumours
Access to Biospecimens:  By application.  Access to biospecimens may be granted to support collaborative research with the clinicians and researchers involved in collecting the biospecimens.
Neuro Endocrine Tumour Bank
Auspicing Institution: Kolling Institute for Medical Research
Collection Sites: Royal North Shore Hospital, North Shore Private Hospital
Key Contact(s): Professor Bruce Robinson (bgr@med.usyd.edu.au). For more specific enquires: contact Dr Nicole Parker (nic.parker@sydney.edu.au) for neuro tumour specimens; Dr Dindy Benn (dbenn@med.usyd.edu.au) for endocrine tumour specimens
Website: Kolling Institute of Medical Research website: http://www.kolling.med.usyd.edu.au/CanGen.html
Biospecimens collected: Tumours of neural and endocrine origin
Access to Biospecimens:  By HREC approved application and governance committee approval.  Access to biospecimens may be granted to support collaborative research with the clinicians and researchers involved in collecting the biospecimens.
Melanoma Institute Australia Tissue Bank
Auspicing Institution: Melanoma Institute Australia
Collection Sites: Royal Prince Alfred, Westmead, Mater, Royal North Shore, Concord and St Vincent's Hospitals (only melanoma brain metastases are collected at St Vincent's)
Key Contact(s): Ms Valerie Jakrot (Valerie.Jakrot@melanoma.org.au); Professor Graham Mann (graham.mann@sydney.edu.au), Professor Richard Scolyer (richard.scolyer@email.cs.nsw.gov.au)
Related Website: http://melanoma.org.au/
Biospecimens collected: Melanomas and matched blood
Access to Biospecimens:  By application.  Access to biospecimens may be granted to support collaborative research.
The Paediatric Tumour Bank
Auspicing Institution: The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Collection Sites: The Children's Hospital at Westmead
Key Contact(s): Dr Daniel Catchpoole (danielc@chw.edu.au)
Website: http://www.chw.edu.au/prof/services/tumourbank/
Biospecimens collected: All paediatric tumours
Access to Biospecimens:  By application.  Further details and application forms can be found on the Paediatric Tumour Bank website.