The APCB is proud to announce that in February of this year, 5,000 men where recruited to our national repository. This figure marks a national milestone for the APCB which began collections in October 2005. It is through the dedication of the APCB node coordinators, the APCB executive committee and the associated clinicians and staff that the APCB owes this great achievement to.

Importantly, we would not have been able to reach this milestone without the support and participation of our donors. We thank all the men who have donated to our tissue bank in what would have been a difficult time for them and their families. It is this self-less contribution and ‘anything we can do to help’ attitude which has paved the way for some great advancements in prostate medical research. There is a vast array of research being conducted, both nationally and internationally, with the specimens and data the APCB has acquired over the last 9 years. To view our publications, please follow the link or visit our publications page in the ‘For Researchers’ section of this website.…

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.

 

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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.

 

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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!…

APCB_Qld_TRIb_reduced

The QLD node of the APCB has relocated from the Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation to the new Translational Research Institute (TRI) facility. TRI is positioned on campus at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, Queensland’s second largest hospital in Woolloongabba, Brisbane. Its physical environment facilitates its “bench to bedside” approach with 650+ researchers working within the architecturally designed building. The building has four floors for laboratory research and customised facilities for research support, administration and teaching. TRI is a joint venture between the University of Queensland’s Diamantina Institute, Queensland University of Technology’s Institute of Health & Biomedical Innovation, Mater Research and the Princess Alexandra Hospital’s Centres for Health Research and has been made possible through $354 million in funding provided by the Australian and Queensland Governments, The Atlantic Philanthropies, UQ and QUT.…