Hunter Cancer Biobank (HCB)

Welcome to the Hunter Cancer Biobank (HCB). The HCB was first established in 2012 as a joint initiative between the Hunter Cancer Research Alliance, Pathology North and the local health district. Now located in Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), and managed with additional support from the University of Newcastle, it has grown to become an invaluable resource for the local and national research community.

Collecting and preserving tissue from local residents with cancer, the HCB stores patient samples, annotated with clinical information, to provide a resource for scientific and medical researchers looking into the causes, development, diagnosis and treatment of disease.

Biobanks have been heralded as essential tools for enabling the translation of medical research into practice – diving precision and personalised medicine to improve pathways for global healthcare treatment and services. Considerable investment of time and resource into biobanking has come to be recognised as a hallmark of advanced research programmes internationally. At the HCB we recognise the unique needs of hunter residents with cancer and likewise the excellence of our cancer researchers and are proud to partner with patients, clinicians and researchers to provide world class facilities right here in the hunter.

Our Objectives

  • Provide high quality tissue samples and services to researchers
  • Develop new techniques to support cancer research
  • Develop models to ensure we are a self-sustaining resource that will continue to support the community

The University of Newcastle acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands within our footprint areas: Awabakal, Darkinjung, Biripai, Worimi, Wonnarua, and Eora Nations. We also pay respect to the wisdom of our Elders past and present.