Pamela Saunders was appointed to the position of Manager of the South Australian Biospecimen Repository (SABR) at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) in January 2015: her brief being to set up a new Biopsecimen Repository at this state of the art research facility in SA. This includes the SABR laboratory fit out, database selection and implementation and all levels of governance, protocols and procedures.
Pamela commenced working in the research field in 1992 at QIMR as a research nurse involved in epi-genetic adult twin studies including banking blood samples from 2,500 adult twins. From there Pamela worked with Cancer Council Qld on the National Melanoma Family study while undertaking her MPH(Epidemiology). Subsequently she commenced with the Australian Prostate Cancer BioResource (APCB) to set up the Queensland node where she continued until 2010, then returning to South Australia to take up the position of Coordinator of the APCB SA Node.
She has been awarded grants from Cancer Council SA and RAH Research Fund totalling $36,000. Currently she is a member of the International Society for Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) where she is a member of the Regulatory and Ethics Working Group. Pamela became an ABNA committee member in 2015 and worked on the 2015 ABNA conference committee.
Collectively Ms Saunders has extensive experience in biobanking and research including: Biorespository management, database development and management, quality reporting and auditing and questionnaire development and administration.