Issue 7, September 2016 Subscribe to our newsletter 

Samples you can bank on - developing the first statewide biobanking framework

Our biobanking manager Jane Carpenter (pictured above with Chief Pathology Prof Roger Wilson) has outlined the three priorites of the framework which will improve integration between research, diagnostics and clinical care. 

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Five facts on biobanking

Exactly what is a biobanking, how do biobanks work, is there more than one type, how old is the technology and exactly who is using them?

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How pathology can support mental health

Professor David Brown and Dr Ming-Wei Lin
(Pathology West immunologists) are hunting
antibodies in brain and spinal fluid that are linked
to mental health conditions.

They’re using these antibodies to develop new
pathology tests for a wider range of psychiatric
conditions. They hope their work may pave the
way for some tests only available overseas to
potentially be done in Australia.

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New forensic facility underway 

The NSW Government is investing $91.5 million in a new, state‐of‐the‐art health and justice facility at Lidcombe.

It will house NSW Health Pathology’s forensic medicine services and the NSW Coroner’s Court which are currently located at Glebe.

The new purpose‐built facility will not only provide a better working environment for staff but also a more appropriate environment for families who need to access these important services.

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DNA phenotyping to reveal ancestry eye colour

Australian police will soon be able to use DNA technology that predicts a suspect’s ancestry and the colour of their eyes or hair, and can potentially generate a computer image of their face.

The new science of DNA pheno­typing has the potential to revolutionise criminal investigations. It has already been used by US police to recreate the faces of a triple-murder suspect and of a ­victim whose headless body was discovered in 1988.

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Are mosquitoes to blame for flesh-eating bacteria? 

Those who live and holiday on the coast are no strangers to mosquitoes. Our coastal wetlands are home to abundant mosquito populations.

During summer, swarms of these nuisance, biting pests can make life quite unpleasant. They also pose a health risk.

Principal Scientist Dr Cameron Webb answers the question in his latest article on The Conversation. 


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New edition of Compass out now

Stories include the following and more:

- an in-depth look at biobanking;

- mortuary manager Rob Cluney gives his perspective on deah;

- find out how NSW Health Pathology is helping the first commercial whole genome sequencing test for rare and inherited familial conditions;

- an update on new projects underway to improve practices


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