ABNA conference

The 11th annual Australasian Biospecimen Network Association (ABNA) meeting was held at the Rendezvous Grand Hotel in Melbourne from the 14th-15th November. The meeting was attended by APCB executive director, Distinguished Professor Judith Clements, project manager Dr Trina Yeadon and the APCB state node coordinators. The topic of this years’ meeting was ‘The New Era in Biobanking’ and the conference included workshop discussions surrounding biobanking rare diseases, funding and sustainability of biobanks and automation and new technologies. The conference ended on a high with our very own QLD node coordinator, Allison Eckert, winning 2nd prize for her poster entitled ‘Challenges and opportunities in establishing biobanking from a body donor program’.  Congratulations Allison! Looking forward to the ABNA meeting next year…. hello New Zealand!

Click here to view the APCB poster presented at this year’s annual meeting.



SA node relocation-edit

The Da Vinci robot at Royal Adelaide Hospital (RAH) has recently been decommissioned after 9 years and with the privatization of robotic surgery in South Australia, all robotic surgery, including Radical Prostatectomies has moved to St Andrews Private Hospital.

The team of Da Vinci Urology surgeons lead by Dr Peter Sutherland are continuing their long running support of the APCB, therefore the APCB will be moving its sample collection from RAH to St Andrews. It is estimated 120 patients from the public sector and 160 private patients will have their robotic surgery at St Andrews under a cost sharing arrangement with the State Government.

Dr Peter Sutherland was instrumental in leading the first surgical team to introduce robotic radical prostatectomy into the Australian public health system. Dr Sutherland commenced Robotic surgery at RAH in November 2004 and the APCB commencing radical prostatectomy collections at RAH on 4th November 2005. To date, 1663 men undergoing robotic surgery in South Australia have consented to collection of samples.

Shown below is a photo (left to right) of Dr Penny Cohen, Consultant Pathologist SA Pathology, Swati Irani APCB support Officer and Pamela Saunders SA Node Coordinator with the last prostate removed using the Da Vinci at RAH.



We are pleased to finally announce the launch of our new and improved website. The website is easy to navigate and user friendly for both researcher and donors. We hope you enjoy the new look website as much as we do!…