A comprehensive review of cancer-related biobanks in New South Wales
This report presents an overview of the scope and nature of tissue banking in NSW by mapping their geographic location across the 12 cancer research hubs in NSW, as well as examining their governance arrangements.
Through increasing knowledge and awareness of NSW cancer biobanking activities, the ultimate goals of this review are to assist in:
- assessing the current level of investment in tissue banking and identify future resource requirements
- improving researcher access to tissues collected in a range of cancers
- improving efficiency and reducing duplication of administrative processes
- building capacity that is cost-effective and sustainable.
The project included a review of international and national biobanks, with a focus on organisational structures and governance models. It also included a two-phase survey within NSW to firstly identify active biobanks and then to understand in more detail the current operational and governance structures of these banks.