How to apply for sample

Accessing samples from the Hunter Cancer Biobank involves three steps:

Step 1: Direct an enquiry to HCB staff

Please prepare an information brief about your project to assist HCB staff in assessing your requirements.This should include:

  • what types of samples and how many
  • what linked clinical data you require
  • any other details relevant to your project

Email this to

HCB will review the enquiry and establish a dialogue with the researchers involved. Providing complete and accurate information will ensure that the HCB team can identify the correct resources to support your project.

Step 2: Make a formal application

Once the HCB has confirmed that resources are available to support your project you must lodge a formal application using the application form.

HCB sample application form

The application data required includes a project title, lead investigators, other investigators, a project description (including a lay summary) and questions about ethics and safety.

Once the application form has been completed it should be emailed to

Once received the application form will be reviewed by members of the management committee for scientific merit. Ensuring samples are used appropriately for research enables HCB to operate to national and international standards for biobanking.

Step 3: Delivery of samples

Once your project has been approved HCB will then commence work preparing samples. HCB staff will notify you when works are completed and organise distribution. Specimen validation data and linked clinical data will be provided to you electronically.

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