Applying

The APCB welcomes applications for prostate biospecimens and associated clinical data from all researchers.

The ACPB has a Tissue Access Policy which was developed under the NHMRC guidelines. The Tissue Access Policy along with the Letters of Intent (LOI; depending on tissue type), the Application Form and the Material Transfer Agreement (MTA) can all be downloaded from the links below.

In the first instance a LOI can be filled out and submitted to the APCB state node where the researcher’s institution is placed.  The appointed Project Manager will determine whether the tissue requirements of the applicant can be fulfilled by the state’s APCB node or if it needs to be transferred to a different node.

A full Application Form submission is required for review by the Tissue Access Committee (TAC) to finalise the decision.

An MTA is required. The tissue application form will have enough information to complete the fields within the MTA which is completed by the collaborating partner associated to the state node where the tissue is being supplied from.

Cost Recovery Schedule

A cost recovery schedule is in place for the APCB and is as follows:

Fresh tissue $220 for 20 microns per patient (4-5 slides)
Paraffin sections $10 per section
Buffy coat $35 for 0.2mL aliquot per patient
Serum and Plasma $35 for 0.5mL aliquot per patient
TMAs $150 per section (approx.)

Please note that additional histopathology costs may be passed on over and above the costs quoted above. The current rate is $350 per hour.

A firm quote can be provided by the Project Manager before tissue samples are distributed.

All researchers are encouraged to contact the state’s node Project Manager or Coordinator to discuss your application before submitting an application.

Forms

You can access copies of the following documents via the link provided below, or by email from the Project Manager.

Letters of Intent (LOI)