Health Precincts Biobank

Welcome to the Health Precincts Biobank

What is a biobank?
Historically, a biobank is a collection of biological samples (such as human tissue, blood or DNA) and participant associated information (e.g. age, gender, health information) that is stored and made available to researchers to help advance our understanding of health and disease. 

About Us
The Health Precincts Biobank, previously known as the Health Science Alliance (HSA) Biobank, provides a coordinated approach to biospecimen collection and distribution to support medical research locally, nationally and internationally.  

The Health Precincts Biobank has ethical approval from the NSW Health South Eastern Sydney Local Health District (SESLHD) HREC to collect, store and distribute human biomaterials for research.  The biobank currently holds over 13,000 tissue specimens together with linked data from more than 3200 patients, from a wide range of cancer types (e.g. breast, ovary, endometrium, pancreas, liver, colorectal, sarcoma); non-cancer specimens are also collected.   

The Health Precincts Biobank is part of  UNSW Biospecimen Services within the Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre (MWAC),  and is governed by an Advisory Committee including practicing clinicians, pathologists, researchers and a consumer representative.