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Biobanking and the growth of personalised medicine has been referred to as the next frontier in health care. 

Collecting, "banking" and the subsequent analysis of tissue samples enables researchers to understand more about the characterisation of disease in patients, which in turn allows treatments to be tailored for individuals. 

This personalisation of medicine has obvious benefits for patients which will be demonstrated through case studies in both the paediatric and breast cancer fields.  The research impact is remarkable, but what are the challenges around biobanking, and how can we ensure the benefits are realised on both a local and global scale?

Join three leading researchers in the biobanking field who will address these questions, and provide insight into current research and the next steps for biobanking in Australia and beyond.



Image of Professor Sunil LakhaniProfessor Sunil Lakhani, Head of the Breast Group, The University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR)

Sunil Lakhani is Executive Director Research, Pathology Queensland and Head of the Breast Group at the University of Queensland Centre for Clinical Research (UQCCR) at the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital. Prior to his move to Australia in 2004, he was Professor of Breast Pathology at The Institute of Cancer Research and The Royal Marsden Hospital, London, UK. His current research interests include mechanisms and therapeutic management of brain and distant metastases, familial breast cancer, tumours with a basal phenotype and lobular carcinoma and its variants. He is a series editor for the WHO Tumour Classification Books and volume editor for the WHO Classification of Tumours of the Breast. He is on the editorial board of a number of pathology and experimental research journals.

Image of Dr Andrew MooreDr Andrew Moore, Group Leader, Childhood Leukaemia Research Laboratory, The University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, TRI

Dr Moore was appointed Children’s Health Queensland Director of Clinical and Biomedical Research in January and is also a Paediatric Oncologist at the Lady Cilento Children's Hospital and Group Leader of the Childhood Leukaemia Research Laboratory at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute, TRI. He is also Director of the Queensland Children's Tumour Bank, one of only 3 biobanks in Australia dedicated to childhood cancer. After completing his clinical training in Paediatric Oncology in Brisbane, Dr Moore undertook a PhD in cancer drug development at the Institute of Cancer Research, University of London and the Royal Marsden Hospital.

Dr Moore's clinical and research interests are on acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), an aggressive form of leukaemia with a poor prognosis. His research focuses on understanding the causes of resistance to therapy and relapse, and aims to discover new therapeutic approaches for this devastating disease.

Image of Jennifer ByrneProfessor Jennifer Byrne

Jennifer Byrne has spent her scientific career analysing childhood and adult cancers at a molecular level. Her PhD studies mapped loss of chromosome 11p15 loci in embryonal tumours, and she then identified a novel gene family during postdoctoral studies in France. Professor Byrne is Head of the Children’s Cancer Research Unit in the Kids Research Institute at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and Professor of Molecular Oncology in the Discipline of Child and Adolescent Health, Sydney Medical School. She was recently recognised as one of Nature's "ten people who mattered in 2017".


About Global Leadership Series

The Global Leadership Series (GLS) is a lively program of events for alumni and community members. Join us for lectures and discussions with the best of the best UQ-related speakers on matters that impact your community and shape your ideas of the world.

The series is an opportunity for you to engage with great minds on global matters, participate in thought-provoking discussions and network with UQ alumni and community members. All alumni, parents, community members and friends are welcome to attend the Global Leadership Series events.

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