Our network-wide biobanking services seek to generate high-quality local, national and international collaborative research activity that turns biospecimens and linked data into understanding of paediatric disease. Applying this new-gained knowledge will lead to the development of diagnostic techniques, cures and disease prevention strategies.

Our biobanks meet national and international standards and lead the way in biobanking practices.

The Tumour Bank

The Children's Hospital at Westmead Tumour Bank is a founding member of the Australasian Biospecimens Network and on the NSW Office of Health and Medical Research NSW Biobank Registry.

The Tumour Bank facilitates research into the causes and treatment of childhood malignancy. It holds more than 30,000 specimens from over 3,100 registered patients, representing over 50 malignancy types and subtypes, and has supported over 100 projects worldwide.

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Kids Heart Research DNA Bank

Studies of heart development and disease are facilitated by the large numbers of patient DNA provided by the Kids Heart Research DNA Bank. In collaboration with other Australian and international research groups, we are determining the gene changes that alter normal heart development and lead to congenital heart disease.

The Kidney Gene Bank

The Kidney Gene Bank has run for 10 years in the Centre for Kidney Research. Tissues and biospecimens from families with kidney disease and transplant patients are banked for current and future research investigations. This research has led to a number of novel discoveries including genes for lupus and other kidney diseases.

Tumour Bank Contacts

A/Professor Daniel Catchpoole
Tumour Bank Head
+61 2 9845 1205

Oksana Markovych
Clinical Research Associate
+61 2 9845 1205

Heart DNA Bank Contact

Gillian Blue
DNA Bank Coordinator

Heart Centre contact page
+61 2 9845 2345

Kidney Gene Bank Contact

Sandra Puckeridge
CKR Resources Manager
+61 2 9845 1469