Recent Activities - 2015

HMSTrust Biobank Launch

On 29 September 2015, the launch of the Helen Macpherson Smith (HMS) Trust Biobank took place at NRL. The HMSTrust Biobank illustrates another example of the collaborative and innovative approach to medical research that St Vincent’s Institute (SVI) and its partners take in the quest to understand, prevent and treat diseases such as cancer, heart disease and diabetes.

Stretching back to 1971, the HMSTrust has a long history of supporting SVI. The HMSTrust Biobank will allow the storage and collection of human blood and tissue samples which can provide a mechanism for researchers to confirm or clarify results in human tissues, potentially leading to new treatments.

“This project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, the Marian and E.H. Flack Trust and our clinical partners, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne,” said SVI’s Director, Professor Tom Kay. At the launch, the Chair of the HMSTrust, Dr Philip Moors, said he was delighted to see the project come to fruition.

NRL’s Host Institution SVI, established the HMSTrust Biobank at NRL because of our experience with curating Sample Banks and our highly functional Quality System.

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