The APCB is expanding its collection in Queensland to include metastatic samples from men who have advanced prostate cancer and have donated their bodies to the Queensland University of Technology’s Body Bequest Program. A partnership has been established with this program and the Australian Prostate Cancer Research Centre-Qld to obtain high quality metastatic soft tissue and bone samples.

It is a unique opportunity to access metastatic samples which are difficult to obtain through other means and can only enhance the value of the APCB’s current collection.

To date four cases have been successfully consented and a wide range of tissues collected including fresh frozen and formalin fixed paraffin embedded (FFPE) soft tissue, bone (FFPE) and blood.

For more information on the program; either donating your body or accessing the samples for research please contact the QLD APCB Node Coordinator, Ms Allison Eckert, on (07) 3176 1891 or email allison.eckert@qut.edu.au.…

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It was with great sadness that the Australian prostate cancer biobanking and research community heard of Rob’s passing a year ago today. He was integral to the establishment of the Australian Prostate Cancer BioResource (APCB), which built considerably on his experience with the Garvan prostate cancer tissue bank, and was a key member of the national APCB Executive for 10 years.

His insight and sage advice on governance and operational issues, especially navigating the political minefield of the research funding scene, were always much appreciated. He was a generous and terrific man with whom we shared many a fine wine over the inevitable dinner to round off our deliberations! Rob’s leadership and generosity of spirit are sorely missed by his many friends & colleagues from the APCB.

Vale Rob.…

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The Prostate Cancer Research Group at Monash University are doing their bit to aid prostate cancer research by raising money for Movember in November. The research group, headed by Professor Gail Risbridger, has been baking for the month of November, with all proceeds going to the Movember Foundation which aims to raise funds and promote awareness into men’s health. The group’s efforts have raised $2,000.00 for the Movember Foundation.…

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Vale Professor Rob Sutherland was one of the inaugural directors of The Kinghorn Cancer Centre. The Centre, officially opened by Prime Minister Julia Gillard on 28th August 2012, is the first centre of its kind in Australia, bringing together more than 250 researchers and clinicians to provide a holistic approach to patient care and cancer treatment. The Centre is a $128 million joint initiative of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and St Vincents Hospital and will provide a platform to undertake translational research and personalised patient care. For patients, this will provide them access to specialised treatment that has been targeted to their individual patient characteristics.

Rob’s vision for the centre was to generate significant advances in research which would translate to novel diagnostic and prevention therapies for the early detection and prevention of these diseases. The APCB NSW Coordinator, Ms Anne-Maree Haynes, has relocated to The Kinghorn Cancer Centre making this centre the new home of the NSW node of the APCB.…

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We have changed our tissue access policy:

The Australian Prostate Cancer BioResource has developed in accordance with NHMRC guidelines, an Access Policy containing statements on tissue availability and conditions for access, procedural guidelines and application forms.

Researchers requiring a copy of the Tissue Access Policy can either download the document and relevant forms from the Apply for Tissue Access page in the For Researchers section of this website, or obtain by email from the Project Manager.…