The importance of biorepository networks. The Australasian Biospecimens Network-Oncology
- Australasian Journal of Medical Science
Author/s: -Catchpoole, D. -deFazio, A. -Devereux, L. -Fleming, M. -Schmidt, C. -et al
Journal: Australasian Journal of Medical Science
The value of banking human tissue samples for research is recognised as necessary for progress into understanding human disease and has led to the establishment of biorepositories throughout the research community. While single institution tissue banks have been highly beneficial, it has become clear that information and resource sharing between banks has great potential to increase the number and overall value of tissue specimens available to medical researchers. Recognising this potential for enhancing already valuable tissue resources led to the establishment of the Australasian Biospecimen Network (ABN) in late 2001 and the ABN-Oncology consortium in 2004. The ABN seeks to build on existing cooperation and collaboration by establishing an Australia-wide network of tissue biorepositories that collect cancer related tissue using established and accepted guidelines and protocols. The coordinated networking of tissue banks has led to a significant enhancement of biospecimens for research that will eventually increase our understanding of human diseases including cancer.