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#EBW24 previews: State-of-the-art speaker for ‘The road towards ISO 20387 accreditation’

We are very pleased to confirm the state-of-the-art speaker for the panel session: ‘The road towards ISO 20387 accreditation’. Dr. Lila Kallio from Auria Biobank will be leading this session and we profile her biography here. The session takes place on Wednesday 15 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Dr. Lila Kallio Lila Kallio, PhD,…

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#EBW24 Editorial: Citizen & Patient Involvement: Emerging best practices?

Join us at #EBW24. Discuss and explore with us the feasibility of and possible framework of guidance for citizen & patient involvement in biobank committees.  Dr. Ciara Staunton from ESBB and Dr. Eric Vermeulen, chair of the BBMRI.ERIC Stakeholder Forum Patient and Citizens Pillar, share why panel session ‘Citizen & Patient Involvement: Emerging best practices?’…

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#EBW24 previews: State-of-the-art speakers for ‘Tools to achieve quality – (new) standards for biobanks’

We are delighted to confirm the State-of-the-art speakers for the panel session: ‘Tools to achieve quality – (new) standards for biobanks’. Dr. Khalil Roy from Swiss Biobanking Platform and Marc Vandelaer from Trustful Consulting will be leading this session and we profile their biographies here. The session takes place on Friday 17 May 2024 as part of…

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#EBW24 previews: Chairs for panel session ‘Citizen & Patient Involvement: Emerging best practices?’

We are pleased to confirm the chairs for the panel session ‘Citizen & Patient Involvement: Emerging best practices?’: Dr. Ciara Staunton from the Institute for Biomedicine, Eurac Research and Dr. Eric Vermeulen, chair of the BBMRI.ERIC Stakeholder Forum Patient and Citizens Pillar. The session takes place on Thursday 16 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Dr.…

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#EBW24 previews: Chairs for panel session ‘The road towards ISO 20387 accreditation’

We are delighted to confirm the chair for the panel session ‘The road towards ISO 20387 accreditation’: Professor Agnieszka Matera-Witkiewicz, from Wroclaw Medical University and Doctor José Antonio López-Guerrero from the Instituto Valenciano de Oncología (IVO). The session takes place on Wednesday 15 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Professor Agnieszka Matera-Witkiewicz Agnieszka Matera-Witkiewicz, Wroclaw…

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#EBW24 Editorial: Unlocking the Potential of Big Data and AI in Medicine

AI is playing a growing role in enhancing the accuracy and efficiency of diagnosing and treating medical conditions. It focuses on identifying relevant patterns in biomedicine to advance personalised preventive and therapeutic interventions.  Scientists from the ELSI Department (Kaya Akyüz, Mónica Cano Abadía, Melanie Goisauf, Michaela Th. Mayrhofer) at BBMRI-ERIC share why this session is…

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#EBW24 previews: Chairs for panel session ‘Tools to achieve quality – (new) standards for biobanks’

We are delighted to confirm the chairs for the panel session ‘Quality management and pre-analytics: Tools to achieve quality – (new) standards for biobanks’: Doctor Christine Joye, from the Swiss Biobanking Platform and Mieke De Wilde, BBMRI.be Quality Coordinator. The session takes place on Friday 17 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Doctor Christine Joye Christine…

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#EBW24 previews: Chair for panel session ‘Be aware of biobanking’ – outreach and communication in and for biobanks

We are very pleased to confirm the chair for the panel session ‘Stakeholders in the spotlight: “Be aware of biobanking” – outreach and communication in and for biobanks’: Doctor Ronny Baber from the University Hospital Leipzig. The session takes place on Thursday 16 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Doctor Ronny Baber Dr. Ronny Baber…

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#EBW24 previews: State-of-the-art speakers for ‘Modelling and regenerative Medicine – Artificial Cellular Models’

We are delighted to confirm the State-of-the-art speakers for the panel session: ‘Modelling and regenerative Medicine – Artificial Cellular Models’. Associate Professor Jan Bouchal from the Department of Clinical and Molecular Pathology in Olomouc, Czechia and Professor Karine Sargsyan from the Cedars-Sinai MedicalCenter in Beverly Hills, California, US will be leading this session and we profile…

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#EBW24 previews: Chair for panel session ‘Stakeholders in the spotlight: Information security and data privacy’

We are delighted to confirm the chairs for the panel session ‘Stakeholders in the spotlight: Information security and data privacy’: Dr. Michal Malewicz, National Node Director of BBMRI.pl and Lisa Oster from Bruker BioSpin. The session takes place on Wednesday 15 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Michal Malewicz, PhD Michal is a molecular biologist specialising…

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#EBW24 previews: Chair for panel session ‘Modelling and regenerative medicine – artificial cellular models’

We are very pleased to confirm the chair for the panel session ‘Quality: New sample types and methods: Modelling and regenerative medicine – artificial cellular models’: Doctor Anna Michalska-Falkowska from the Medical University in Bialystok, Poland. The session takes place on Thursday 16 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Doctor Anna Michalska-Falkowska Anna Michalska-Falkowska, PharmD is a specialist…

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#EBW24 previews: Chair for panel session ‘One health: Bioinformatics and -omics and big data’

We are delighted to confirm the chair for the panel session ‘One health: Bioinformatics and -omics and big data’: Professor Andres Metspalu from the University of Tartu. The session takes place on Thursday 16 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Professor Andres Metspalu Prof. Andres Metspalu, (MD 1976, PhD 1979) Head of the human disease genomics lab, Estonian Genome Centre, Institute of Genomics,…

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#EBW24 Editorial: MICROBE – MICRObiome Biobanking (RI) Enabler

This article comes from the MICROBE team. You can read about the project here – it kicked off in March 2023 at BBMRI.at. Microbiomes comprise communities of microorganisms (i.e., bacteria, archaea, protists, fungi and microalgae) and their “theatre of activity” (i.e., structural elements, metabolites, signal molecules, mobile genetic elements (such as viruses), as well as…

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#EBW24 Editorial: Unlocking the Power of Veterinary Samples and Biobanking – A Promising Source for ”One-Health” Research

This article comes from the team at VetBiobank who will be presenting at EBW24. What you do? The VetBiobank collects veterinary samples from the clinics of the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna. Its aim is to archive high-quality samples from diseased animals and corresponding healthy reference controls for research purposes. Currently, the collections mainly consist…

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#EBW24 previews: State-of-the-art speaker for ‘Stakeholders in the spotlight: Information security and data privacy’

We are delighted to confirm the State-of-the-art speaker for the panel session: ‘Stakeholders in the spotlight: Information security and data privacy’. Nathalie Poupaert from Fieldfisher (Belgium) will be leading this session and we profile her abstract and biography here. The session takes place on Wednesday 15 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Abstract: Challenges for…

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#EBW24 previews: Chairs for panel session “One health: Epidemiological biobanking”

We are pleased to confirm the chairs for the panel session ‘One health: Epidemiological biobanking – cohorts as a show window for populations’: Fatima Qafoud from Qatar University and Professor Kristian Hveem from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The session takes place on Thursday 16 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Fatima…

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#EBW24 previews: State-of-the-art speaker for ‘Quality Management and pre-analytics: Pre-analytic impact on sample quality’

We are pleased to confirm the State-of-the-art speaker for the panel session: ‘Quality Management and pre-analytics: Pre-analytic impact on sample quality – means & measures’. Veronica Ghini from University of Florence will be leading this session and we profile her abstract and biography here. The session takes place on Wednesday 15 May 2024 as part of…

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#EBW24 previews: State-of-the-art speakers for “One health: Epidemiological biobanking”

We are pleased to confirm the state-of-the-art speakers for the panel session: ‘One health: Epidemiological biobanking – cohorts as a show window for populations’. Dr. Seow Shih Wee from Precision Health Research, Singapore (PRECISE) and Associate Professor Therese Nøst from University of Tromsø (UiT) will be leading this session and we profile their biographies here.…

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#EBW24 previews: Chair for panel session “Ethical, social and legal topics in biobanking – friend or foe”

We are pleased to confirm the chair for the panel session “Stakeholders in the spotlight: Ethical, social and legal topics in biobanking – friend or foe”: Senior Researcher Valentina Colcelli (PhD) from the Italian National Research Council (CNR), we profile her biography here. The session takes place on Thursday 16 May 2024 as part of the EBW24…

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#EBW24 previews: Chairs for Quality Management and pre-analytics: Pre-analytic impact on sample quality

We are pleased to confirm the chairs for the panel session ‘Quality Management and pre-analytics: Pre-analytic impact on sample quality – means & measures’: Professor Radka Kaneva from Medical University of Sofia and Doctor Rocío Aguilar Quesada from the Andalusian Public Health System Biobank. The session takes place on Wednesday 15 May 2024 as part of…

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#EBW24 previews: State-of-the-art speaker for Stakeholders in the spotlight: Ethical, social and legal topics in biobanking

We are pleased to confirm the state-of-the-art speaker for the panel session: ‘Stakeholders in the spotlight: Ethical, social and legal topics in biobanking – friend or foe’. Associate Professor Signe Mežinska from University of Latvia will be leading this session and we profile her biography here. The session takes place on Thursday 16 May 2024 as…

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#EBW24 previews: State-of-the-art speakers for Stakeholders in the spotlight: “Be aware of biobanking”

We are pleased to confirm the state-of-the-art speakers for the panel session: ‘Stakeholders in the spotlight: “Be aware of biobanking” – outreach and communication in and for biobanks’. Emma Hvitfeldt and Christian Bruzelius from Biobank Sweden will be leading this session and we profile their abstract and biographies here. The session takes place on Thursday 16…

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#EBW24 previews: Keynote with Sir Rory Collins, UK Biobank

We are delighted that the first day keynote of #EBW24 will be delivered by Sir Rory Collins, Principal Investigator and Chief Executive of UK Biobank. The subject of the keynote will be ‘UK Biobank: scale, depth, duration … but, most importantly, accessibility’. Sir Rory Collins’ talk will provide information about UK Biobank, highlight recent enhancements,…

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#EBW24 previews: Programme update

Programme You can find the draft 2024 programme below. This will be continually updated, and further detailed, as session participants are confirmed. We will shortly be releasing the call for abstracts so if there is a theme that interests you, keep an eye on this page for news. Outline Tuesday 14 May 08:00 – Registration opens  13:00…

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