About the biobank

A vital new resource
for medical research

The NSW Health Statewide Biobank (NSWHSB) is a NSW Government asset to support research collaboration.

To enable high quality and efficient research, the NSW Government invested $12 million to develop our facility, which opened in November 2017.

Located within the Professor Marie Bashir Centre on the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital Campus, our state-of -the-art biobank is a game changer for medical research in NSW. It will provide a pathway to better research that leads to better treatment for patients.

It enables the utilisation of state-wide services and infrastructure, including data management, specimen transportation and blood collection connected with the processing of human biological material.

Our facility and services are designed to support, enrich and enable your medical research projects, clinical trials or biospecimen collections.

We enable greater, simpler and more cost-effective participation in biospecimen research wherever you are in NSW, or indeed Australia. This includes access to:

  • highly sophisticated equipment to store and process over three million samples of human tissue, blood, DNA and tumour cells
  • temperature-controlled environments protect the long-term integrity of samples (nitrogen to cryovats for -196°C)
  • blood collection services, including Phlebotomy service and automated fractionation of blood into its components
  • automated DNA extraction and histopathology tissue processing capabilities
  • integrated collection through 300+ collection centres of NSW Health Pathology, to enable projects and collaboration throughout NSW
  • high-quality standard operating procedures that align with best practice international biobanking standards
  • a world-class biobank information management system (BIMS)
  • clinically enriched biospecimens
  • standard agreements
  • guidance on informed participant consent, through the delivery of a plain English Consent Toolkit and best practice consent materials
  • advice and assistance from biobanking and clinical research specialists

All of this is designed to enable high quality, interoperable biospecimen collections that let us work together to find new or better treatments for illness and disease.

The NSWHSB can also offer unique support for large-scale population studies to help track health trends across the state and disease-specific studies, such as cancer, heart disease, dementia, diabetes and rare diseases.

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NSW Brain Clot Bank   

The NSW Health Statewide Biobank is the home of the new NSW Brain Clot Bank, which represents a huge step forward for research into the treatment and prevention of ischemic stroke. The collection of clot samples will allow unprecedented insights into the underlying causes of an individual patient’s ischemic stroke.

Designed to enable collaborative, ground-breaking research projects like the brain clot collection, the Biobank offers secure storage of these very valuable samples from major stroke centres within SLHD and SWSLHD. This will soon extend to all NSW major stroke centres.

We enable samples to be seamlessly collected from multiple patients in hospitals around NSW and breaking down geographical barriers to research, allowing researchers and volunteers from diverse locations to be involved.

45 & Up: the largest study of ageing in the Southern Hemisphere

NSW Health supports the Sax Institute to deliver the 45 and Up Study, the largest ongoing study of ageing in the Southern Hemisphere.

Participants are donating biospecimens, and have consented to their experiences being linked to data from hospital, pharmaceutical and family practice records.

By following such a large cohort over the long term, we are creating a world-class resource to boost our understanding of ageing in the genetically and culturally diverse Australian population.

A safe house for tissue samples, tumour cells, DNA and blood samples used for medical research.

We all benefit from biobanks. They are vital to modern medical research and to our evolving knowledge of health and disease.

The NSW Health Statewide Biobank will help improve the overall management of bio-specimens used in health and medical research.

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