About us

Our People

At the heart of the HCB is its team of dedicated professionals, including technical, administrative and research personnel who ensure the delivery of quality specimens for research. Visit our team page to learn more about their roles and skills.

Our Processes

The HCB operates to the highest ethical standards with a focus on excellence in research governance. All biobanking activities are conducted with Ethical approval from the Hunter New England Human Research Ethics Committee to ensure all procedures are in line with best practice standards.

The HCB is governed by a Management Committee which includes member who represent the research and pathology interests of local cancer researchers. The aim of the HCB management committee is to ensure the development and ongoing function of a comprehensive, validate, well annotated cancer biobank to provide cancer researchers with fast, easy access to high quality patient samples – linked to clinical outcomes. The Management committee reports to the Hunter Cancer Research Alliance (HCRA) Director and Executive Committee.

Our Partners

The HCB has been established through the Hunter Cancer Research Alliance and works in partnerships with the Hunter Medical Research Institute and University of Newcastle who provide the biobank with space and facilities. Pathology North is integral to acquisition of biospecimens while working with the Calvary Mater Newcastle and Hunter New England Health provides the biobank access to collaborating clinicians and patients willing to donate specimens.

Funding Bodies

Funding is essential for the successful establishment and running of the HCB. We acknowledge the support received through the Cancer Institute of NSW in supporting the HCB through HCRA. The Mark Hughes Foundation generously supports the brain cancer biobank as a special collection of the HCB.

The University of Newcastle, Australia Hunter New England Local Health District Calvary Mater Newcastle Hunter Medical Research Institute Cancer Institute NSW Pathology North