What you need to know

Information for
researchers

The NSW Health Statewide Biobank (NSWHSB) aims to provide greater, simpler and more cost-effective participation in biospecimen research wherever you are in NSW, or indeed Australia.

Our facility and services are designed to support, enrich and enable your medical research projects, clinical trials or biospecimen collections to enable cost effective, rapid research, improvements in patient outcomes and ultimately improvements for the people of NSW.

This includes access to:

  • specialist equipment and dedicated staff to process and store a variety of biospecimens including human tissue, blood, DNA and tumour cells
  • temperature-controlled environments to protect the long-term integrity of samples (-80°C and nitrogen to cryovats for -196°C)
  • round-the-clock monitoring to ensure immediate response to emergencies
  • DNA extraction and histopathology tissue processing capabilities
  • integrated collection through 300+ collection centres of NSW Health Pathology, to enable projects and collaboration throughout NSW

We also offer:

  • high-quality standard operating procedures that align with best practice international biobanking standards
  • 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.

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Storage and Access
The NSWHSB offers a range of service options for researchers to store and access stored biospecimens samples of external collections. Services are provided on a cost recovery basis to provide our partners with a more cost-effective way of doing biospecimen research, while ensuring the long-term viability of the biobank.

NSW Health Consent Toolkit
The NSW Health Consent Toolkit offers a standardised, best practice approach to broad-based, ethical and truly informed consent. It includes a range of plain English Participant Consent Materials to help support and guide conversations with patients and participants.

Standard procedures
The NSWHSB has developed high-quality standard operating procedures that align with best practice international biobanking standards.

Agreements
The NSWHSB has a standard service agreement and standard Material Transfer Agreements.

Researcher support and collaboration
The NSWHSB brings together a community of researchers and biobanking professionals who are committed to strengthening research partnerships and networks across NSW and beyond. We can support our partners with advice and assistance from biobanking and clinical research specialists and invite you to connect with members of our dedicated team.

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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.

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.

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Get in touch with our passionate and dedicated biobank team

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