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Australian Prostate Cancer BioResource

The Australian Prostate Cancer BioResource fosters multi-centre national and international collaborative research programs by developing a standardised system of routine human prostate cancer tissue and serum retrieval, storage and data management.

The Lab coordinates and houses the Adelaide node of the Australian Prostate Cancer BioResource.

Adelaide Node

The Adelaide node of the Australian Prostate Cancer BioResource (APCB) collects and stores prostate tissue and other biological samples donated from men who have undergone radical prostatectomy for prostate cancer at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Since 2005 more than 2062 men have donated samples and to date the Adelaide node has collected over 2,700 fresh frozen prostate tissue samples and 31,000 frozen blood aliquots (Guthrie blots, plasma, serum and buffy coat) for use in prostate cancer research.

The APCB’s policy and procedures for the collection, storage and release of biospecimens and data are in strict accordance with the National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, the Privacy Act, the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) and the RAND best practice guidelines for human tissue repositories. The APCB database maintains a re-identifiable standardised minimum dataset that includes patient demographic, clinical and pathological data, prospective biochemical data and outcome data. These annotated data are essential to inform biomarker studies which aim to improve the prognosis of men with prostate cancer and thus better define treatment requirements and monitor treatment response.

For more information regarding the BioResource, or to submit a research proposal to access biospecimens, please contact Pamela Saunders.


Pamela Saunders
APCBioResource SA Coordinator
Phone: +61 8 8222 3437

Dame Roma Mitchell
Cancer Research Labs

Level 8
Adelaide Health and Medical Sciences building
Corner of North Terrace and George Street
The University of Adelaide


T: +61 8 8313 7856