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EBW24 Live: A deep dive into the Europe Biobank Week Congress 

The Europe Biobank Week (EBW) Congress, jointly organised between BBMRI-ERIC (the European Research Infrastructure for Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources in Health and Life Science) and ESBB (the European, African and Middle Eastern Society for Biobanking and Biopreservation) took place from 14-17 May at The Hofburg Conference Centre in Vienna, Austria.  The theme of the 2024 congress was: “Strengthening Biobanks and Biorepositories: Collaborative…

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#EBW24 Live: Congress Radio – Europe Biobank Week 2024 – Day Four

Visit the fourth and final day of the Europe Biobank Week Congress in this mini-series covering the event – part of the BBMRI-ERIC Podcast.  Powered by RedCircle Europe Biobank Week Congress is happening in Vienna, Austria from 14-17 May 2024. You’ll hear a flavour of the event and key interviews with organisers, speakers and delegates. …

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EBW24 Live: Closing ceremony

The Europe Biobank Week (EBW) Congress, jointly organised between BBMRI-ERIC (the European Research Infrastructure for Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources in Health and Life Science) and ESBB (the European, African and Middle Eastern Society for Biobanking and Biopreservation) officially closed at The Hofburg Conference Centre in Vienna, Austria on 17 May 2024.  Prof. Jens K. Habermann, Director General…

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#EBW24 Live: Ethics café  

The first session of Friday’s EBW scientific programme was the Ethics café, chaired by Dr. Michaela Th. Mayrhofer, Head of BBMRI-ERIC ELSI, and Dr. Pieter Moons, from Biobank Antwerpen. This interactive session facilitated an exchange of thoughts and knowledge about pressing ethical issues.   Dr. Mayrhofer welcomed participants and introduced her co-chair, Dr. Pieter Moons.…

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#EBW24 Live: Congress Radio – Europe Biobank Week 2024 – Day Three

Visit day three of the Europe Biobank Week Congress in this mini-series covering the event – part of the BBMRI-ERIC Podcast.  Powered by RedCircle Europe Biobank Week Congress is happening in Vienna, Austria from 14-17 May 2024. You’ll hear a flavour of the event and key interviews with organisers, speakers and delegates.  EBW is the…

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#EBW24 Live: Dr Gillian Bartlett, University of Missouri delivers keynote lecture II – ‘Biobanking with Underrepresented Populations: The Critical Role of Participant’ 

The second session of today’s EBW scientific programme was the keynote delivered by Dr. Gillian Bartlett, Associate Dean for Graduate Research Education at the School of Medicine at the University of Missouri. The subject of her talk was ‘Biobanking with Underrepresented Populations: The Critical Role of Participant’.   Dr. Bartlett spoke about the problems released to underrepresentation…

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#EBW24 Live: Sir Rory Collins, UK Biobank delivers keynote lecture I – ‘Biobanking for Precision and Genomics Medicine. UK Biobank: scale, depth, duration … but, most importantly, accessibility’ 

The first session of the EBW scientific programme was the keynote delivered by Sir Rory Collins, Principal Investigator and Chief Executive of UK Biobank. The subject of his talk was ‘Biobanking for Precision and Genomics Medicine. UK Biobank: scale, depth, duration … but, most importantly, accessibility’.  Afterwards, Sir Collins highlighted the achievements of the Uk…

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#EBW24 Live: Opening ceremony

The Europe Biobank Week (EBW) Congress, jointly organised between BBMRI-ERIC (the European Research Infrastructure for Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources in Health and Life Science) and ESBB (the European, African and Middle Eastern Society for Biobanking and Biopreservation) kicked off at The Hofburg Conference Centre in Vienna, Austria on 15 May 2024.  EBW  brings together researchers, biobank…

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#EBW24 Live: Congress Radio – Europe Biobank Week 2024 – Day One

Visit day one of the Europe Biobank Week Congress in this mini-series covering the event – part of the BBMRI-ERIC Podcast.  Powered by RedCircle Europe Biobank Week Congress is happening in Vienna, Austria from 14-17 May 2024. You’ll hear a flavour of the event and key interviews with organisers, speakers and delegates.  EBW, organised by…

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#EBW24 Live: Europe Biobank Week opens in Vienna for major post-pandemic congress  

The Europe Biobank Week (EBW) Congress, jointly organised between BBMRI-ERIC (the European Research Infrastructure for Biobanking and Biomolecular Resources in Health and Life Science) and ESBB (the European, African and Middle Eastern Society for Biobanking and Biopreservation) is back for 2024 and will take place from 14-17 May at The Hofburg in Vienna, Austria. The 2024 congress theme is: “Strengthening Biobanks and…

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

We are delighted to confirm the speakers for panel session ‘The road towards ISO 20387 accreditation’: Andrea Martina Terracciano and Dr. Sabine Bavamian. The session takes place on Wednesday 15 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Andrea Martina Terracciano Andrea Martina Terracciano moved in England in 2017 after graduating with a BSc (Hons) in Biomedical…

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#EBW24 Editorial: EBW strengthening biobanks and biorepositories

This article comes from LVL technology, silver supporter of #EBW24. Biobanking is a crucial aspect of modern healthcare and research, as it involves the storage and management of biological samples for various purposes, such as medical research, drug development, and personalised medicine. LVL technology’s biobanking solutions, specifically their 2D coded tubes, play a significant role…

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#EBW24 Editorial: Advancing Together – Quality Management at BBMRI.at

This article comes from Helmuth Haslacher and Cornelia Stumptner from BBMRI.at. What do you do? From the very beginning, the Austrian National Node BBMRI.at considered quality as a crucial issue. BBMRI.at’s quality management work package is maintained by a team of quality management coordinators (QMCs) nominated by each partner biobank and coordinated by Helmuth Haslacher from…

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#EBW24 previews: State-of-the-art speaker for ‘Rare Diseases’

We are very pleased to confirm the state-of-the-art speaker for the panel session: ‘Rare Diseases’. Prof. Dr. Uğur Özbek from Izmir Biomedicine and Genome Center-IBG will be leading this session and we profile his biography and abstract here. The session takes place on Thursday 16 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Prof. Dr. Uğur Özbek…

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#EBW24 previews: Chair for panel session ‘Microbiome – the known unknown’

We are delighted to confirm the chair for the panel session ‘Microbiome – the known unknown’: Dr. Loes D.F. Linsen from the Biobank University Hospitals Leuven. The session takes place on Thursday 16 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Dr. Loes D.F. Linsen Doctor in Biomedical Sciences. Enthousiastic person with strong scientific background and eye for…

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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, Marc Vandelaer from Wega Informatik and Clare Allocca from NIST will be leading this session and we profile their biographies here. The session takes place on Friday 17 May 2024…

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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’: Prof. Agnieszka Matera-Witkiewicz, from Wroclaw Medical University and Dr. 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. Prof. 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’: Dr. 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. Dr. 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’: Dr. Ronny Baber from the University Hospital Leipzig. The session takes place on Thursday 16 May 2024 as part of the EBW24 programme. Dr. 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’. Assoc. Prof. Jan Bouchal from the Department of Clinical and Molecular Pathology in Olomouc, Czechia and Prof. 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’: Dr. 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. Dr. 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 Biobank 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’. Dr. 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…

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