Who Are ABNA?
The ‘essence’ of the Australasian Biospecimen Network Association (ABNA) began in 2001. A number of Australian scientists engaged in biobanking activities recognised that a ‘gap’ existed in opportunities for sharing of information and practices amongst people engaged in this young and emerging speciality. The first annual meeting was held in Melbourne, hosted by the Alfred Hospital, in 2003 In 2005 a group of 7 biobanking professionals involved in the oncology field were successful in being awarded an NHMRC Enabling Grant, and the Australasian Biospecimen Network-Oncology (ABN-Onc) project officially took responsibility for ensuring the networking continued. Since that time, ABN-Oncology has organised meetings every year, in various states of Australia and brought together a range of individuals with a common focus: to support and promote best practice biobanking in Australasia. From the foundations laid down in 2003, ABNA was officially incorporated as an association in Victoria in July 2009 to provide an enduring association of biobanking professionals. ABNA is committed to providing an opportunity for individuals who have an interest in tissue banking and biorepositories to share information and experience.