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NSW Health Statewide Biobank achieves ISO 9001 certification

The NSW Health Statewide Biobank (NSWHSB) is proud to have been awarded ISO 9001 certification, an internationally recognised standard that ensures services and processes meet the needs of our clients through an effective quality management system. Director of Biobanking, Professor Jennifer Byrne said, “our decision to work towards ISO 9001 certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment … Read more

Partnership with Drug Health Services at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital

This week marks our first completed research project. Sample collection, processing and storage for the Best of Buprenorphine Study was completed within just 9 months. in August 2019, we partnered with Dr Chris Tremonti from Drug Health Services at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, to help build a repository of samples from participants undergoing opioid addiction treatment … Read more

Biomarker Insights – a Special Collection on Biobanking for Biomarker Research.

The journal Biomarker Insights is publishing a Special Collection on “Biobanking for Biomarker Research – Future Planning, Future Proofing”: Editor-in-Chief, Professor Jennifer Byrne, has described the Special Collection, writing that “biobanks are aware that biobank planning is crucial to ensure the effective support of biomarker and other forms of medical research. At the same time, … Read more

What I like about biobanking

by Amanda Rush The NSW Health Statewide Biobank Seminar Series started this week. Director of the Biobank, Professor Jennifer Byrne, opened the first seminar with an introduction to the series and its benefits. This was followed by the biobank’s first internal presentation by PhD student, Ms Amanda Rush. Amanda has worked in the health and … Read more

Partnership with AGHA Cardiovascular Flagship

Genomic medicine has the potential to transform how healthcare is delivered in Australia. We’re excited to partner with the Australian Genomics Health Alliance (AGHA) to provide their Cardiovascular Flagship Study with a stable, long-term resource for further laboratory research. The biobank will deliver customised PBMC isolation. These isolated cells can be revived from cryogenic storage and used … Read more

Grant support

Did you know that the NSWHSB can support your grant application?  For researchers preparing NHMRC grant budgets including biospecimen costs, it’s helpful to remember that “Biospecimen and associated data costs … must be based upon published cost recovery schedules of biobanks or similar accredited bodies (e.g. pathology services). Any proposal for prospective funding of a … Read more

Welcoming Candace Carter as our Operations Manager

NSW Health Pathology and the NSW Health Statewide Biobank (NSWHSB) are delighted to announce the appointment of Ms Candace Carter as Operations Manager. Candace will oversee quality, cost and operational integrity of the biobank, as well as compliance, accreditation, HR, business & resource management. Candace has over 15 years of experience in biobanking and clinical … Read more

Biobank Certification Program

The Biobank Certification Program is a cornerstone of the statewide biobanking strategy, led by NSW Health Pathology. Launched in 2016, the program shares education and communicates best practices and Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to improve the quality of biobanking in NSW. Available to all NSW biobanks, the voluntary program was developed in collaboration with the … Read more

Meet the team – Jane Carpenter, Project Manager

Meet Jane Carpenter, NSW Health Pathology’s highly experienced Project Manager working to improve the quality and practices for biobanking statewide. Jane trained as a hospital scientist in the UK and has Fellowship of the Institute of Biomedical Science and a Masters in Applied Science. Jane was an elected member to the Board of Directors of … Read more

National Biobanking Summit

In an important step for moving biobanking forward in Australia, the first National Biobanking Summit was held on Monday 21st October 2019 at the University of Sydney. The National Biobanking Summit was co-convened by Professor Jennifer Byrne (Director of Biobanking, NSW Health Pathology and Professor of Molecular Oncology, Faculty of Medicine and Health, The University … Read more

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