Biospecimen Collection Grants

enabling researchers to develop collections of high quality biospecimens and associated data

The Biospecimen Collection Grants support the development of collections of high quality biospecimens and associated data. The aim is to build a research asset of biospecimens for the NSW state and beyond to facilitate research on priority health issues affecting the NSW population.

The biospecimens will be collected via the statewide NSW Health Pathology network and processed and stored in the NSW Health Statewide Biobank. They will be linked to NSW Health data collections by the Centre for Health Record Linkage (CHeReL), a dedicated data linkage centre within NSW Health. In this way each biospecimen collection is curated with data that builds over time.

These biospecimen collections will be an important research asset that will help make a difference to the health of the community for generations to come.

Funded collections – round two

The following collections received funding in round two of the Biospecimen Collection Grants scheme.

RecipientCollection Organisation
Professor Lyn MarchThe Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative (A3BC)University of Sydney
Professor Mark ReesThe EpiGen NSW Collaborative University of Sydney
Professor Richard ScolyerMelanoma Institute Australia Biospecimen Bank – External CollectionsMelanoma Institute Australia
Dr Winny VarikattSydney Brain Tumour Bank and GlioNET Observational study, Westmead siteNSW Health Pathology
Dr Sradha KotwalGlomerular Disease Registry and Biobank (GRIT)The George Institute for Global Health
Associate Professor Jodie InglesNSW HEARTS: The NSW Inherited Cardiomyopathy Cohort StudyCentenary Institute
Associate Professor Ruta GuptaA Head and Neck Cancer Biobank for Discovery and Development of Novel Head and Neck Cancer Biomarkers and TherapiesNSW Health Pathology
Professor Gemma FigtreeThe BioHEART CohortNorthern Clinical School, The University of Sydney

Funded collections – round one

The collections received funding in round one of the Biospecimen Collection Grants scheme.

RecipientCollection Organisation
Professor Lyn MarchThe Australian Arthritis and Autoimmune Biobank Collaborative (A3BC)University of Sydney
Professor John SimesEmbedding Research (and Evidence) in Cancer Healthcare -EnRICHSydney Catalyst Translational
Cancer Research Centre,
NHMRC Clinical Trials Centre,
University of Sydney
Dr Janice Fullerton45 and Up Bipolar Disorder SubstudyUNSW, Neuroscience Research Australia
Professor Peter WarkCystic Fibrosis Biological SpecispecimensCentre for Healthy Lungs,
Hunter Medical Research Institute, University of Newcastle
Dr Sonu Bhaskar and Professor Murray KillingsworthNSW Brainclot BankIngham Institute for Applied Medical Research
Professor Peter CistulliSydney Sleep BiobankCharles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney
Professor Jonathan IredellNSW Pathogen BiobankNSW Health Pathology
Dr Martin McNamaraThe 45 and Up Biospecimen CollectionSax Institute
Professor Gemma FigtreeThe BioHEART CohortNorthern Clinical School, The University of Sydney
Prof Dominic DwyerSerum biobanks for infectious diseases studiesNSWHP-ICPMR, Westmead Hospital
Professor Anna de FazioTranslational Australian New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (TR-ANZGOG)Australia New Zealand Gynaecological Oncology Group (ANZGOG)

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