The Office for Health and Medical Research (OHMR), NSW Health Pathology (NSWHP), the Cancer Institute NSW (CINSW) and the NSW Cancer Biobanking Stakeholder Network (BSN) conducted a survey of organisations regarding their biobank infrastructure. A total of 44 biobanks responded to the survey providing information that will assist in the development of a state-wide approach to biobanking.

The Registry contains information* provided by participating biobanks, including:

  • Classification of biobank types and collection focus
  • Sample types and numbers currently stored
  • Data types and numbers currently provided
  • Biobank contact names, details and websites (if available)

* Information as at December 2017.

To make further enquiries, please contact the biobank directly. For contact details please see Biobank Type - Cancer, Biobank Type - Other Diseases, Biobank Type - Population and Biobank Type - Hybrid.

To obtain further details, see NSW Biobanks Data and Samples Stored.

NOTE: If you wish to have your biobank on this website, or for participating biobanks if you would like to update your details, please contact the Office via email on or phone Rose Sapuppo, Assistant Policy Officer on 02 9391 9603 for assistance.

The following abbreviations are used in this Registry:

  • APA - Access to large pathology archive
  • AS - Ascites
  • BB&S - Brain blocks and slices
  • BL - Baseline data only
  • BM - Bone marrow (whole tissue)
  • BMMNC - Bone marrow mononuclear cells
  • BP - Blood pellets
  • BDNA - Blood deoxyribonucleic acid
  • CL - Cell lines
  • CLA - Cell line ampoules
  • CSF - Cerebrospinal fluid
  • DIT - Digital image of tissue sections
  • FFPE - Formalin-Fixed, Paraffin-Embedded
  • PB - Paraffin blocks
  • PBMC - Peripheral blood mononuclear cell
  • PL - Pleural fluid
  • PS - Paraffin sections
  • RNA - Ribonucleic acid
  • T&C - Tissue and cell
  • TDNA - Tissue deoxyribonucleic acid
  • TRNA - Tissue ribonucleic acid
  • NR - No response to survey question
  • Y - Sample stored but numbers not provided
Page Updated: Friday 8 December 2017