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ALLG Discovery Centre (formerly the ALLG Tissue Bank)

Australia's first and only specialised haematological tissue bank was established in October 2002 with the generous assistance of AMP Foundation and later, supported by PriceWaterhouseCoopers.

The ALLG Discovery Centre is located in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane and is overseen by Associate Professor Paula Marlton, founding Director of the tissue bank.

A table of current tissue bank holdings can be accessed by researchers here.

The Leukaemia Foundation continues to strongly support the ALLG Discovery Centre as part of our Vision to Cure.

What is the ALLG Discovery Centre?

The ALLG Discovery Centre is a temperature controlled facility for storing clinical tissue samples to be used in approved research. The samples are human tissue samples collected from the blood, bone marrow and other body organs of patients across Australia with leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma, MDS, MPN, or related blood disorders. All the tissues are collected with the informed consent of the patients.

A central secure database has been established and maintained to facilitate rapid tracking of the resources within the tissue bank and record sample use.

The central repository gives researchers access to accumulated tissue samples of blood disorders and enables research groups to conduct larger scale studies. Prior to the establishment of the ALLG Discovery Centre it was difficult for researchers in Australia to access sufficient numbers of tissue samples for meaningful research into a wide variety of blood cancers without an organised,high quality, collection and storage process.

The ALLG Discovery Centre therefore plays a crucial role in research into leukaemia and other blood cancers which seeks to improve our understanding of:

  • The biological processes leading to the development of these cancers
  • The factors which control variable patient response to current treatments
  • What treatment strategies will be more effective for patients

The ALLG Discovery Centre bridges the gap between the internationally excellent clinical expertise of the ALLG and equally high quality laboratory research being performed in research institutions across Australia.