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09:00 - 13:00
Workshop – Professionalising Biobanking as a Career

The field of modern biobanking has seen global growth and there is a demand for ongoing education and professionalization of this sector. Biospecimens have become a strategic tool for healthcare and medical research, research and conservation in biodiversity, animal, plant and microbial biology as well as in translational medical research and precision medicine. Biobanking for future research and conservation has now become a new discipline which requires qualified professionals with specific skills and competencies. We need to invest in our staff and ensure that they are trained in multiple aspects of biobanking processes, including technical, managerial, regulatory, and ethical aspects, and who have a good understanding of the challenges of biospecimen research, but also of the challenges related to the sustainability of future biobanks. To date however; no dedicated job descriptions (JD), person specification (PS) or competency framework template documents exist for Biobank professionals. This is a major issue which needs urgently rectifying both nationally and internationally.

This workshop will address the issue of Biobanking as a career by giving real live case studies from different types of Biobanks showcasing the staff levels, their education, skills and expertise including the types of training offered.

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Balwir Matharoo-Ball, President ESBB
Chair
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Jens K. Habermann, President-Elect of ESBB
Chair
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09:00 – 09:15 Opening remarks by the chairs
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09:15 – 09:45 – Martina Oberländer, University of Lübeck, Germany
Case study on healthcare-integrated biobanking to enable precision medicine
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09:50 – 10:20 – Ronny Baber, University Hospital Leipzig, Germany
Case study on population biobanking
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10:25 – 10:55 – Kirstin Goldring & Karen Roberts, AstraZeneca, Cambridge, UK
Pharmaceutical Biobanking – an industry model of biobanking and associated job roles
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11:00 – 11:25 Coffee break
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11:25 – 11:55 – Dominik Lermen, Fraunhofer Institute for Biomedical Engineering IBMT, Germany
Biobanking for the purpose of Human Biomonitoring
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12:00 – 12:30 – Marianne Henderson, NCI, NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA
International perspective on Biobanking as a career and certification of Biobanking professionals
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12:35 – 13:00 Closing panel remarks and lunch
09:30 - 12:30
Workshop – Biobank automated storage systems: experiences from experts

In this interactive workshop we would like to present the audience an overview of different automation systems used by experts for their biobanking activities. We will present biobanks using the Askion system, a fully automated storage system at cryogenic temperatures below -150°C in the gas phase of liquid nitrogen. Furthermore, biobanks using Brooks and Hamilton automation storage system will be included.

Biobank storage automation has huge consequences, not only for the storage process, but for the entire biobank workflow. We would like to give an overview of the challenges and opportunities of implementing an automated storage system within a biobank. The audience will get an overview of things to consider before acquiring a new system. Also tips and tricks during the validation phase of the system will be put forward.

The speakers are all experienced with biobank automation and will be able to provide practical insight about their experience with automated storage systems.

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Elke Smits
Chair
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Sofie Goethals
Chair
09:30 - 12:30
Workshop – From engagement to commitment: science communication strategies and tactics to create a social media biobanking community

The importance of the role of biobanks is increasing steadily: the promises of personalised medicine cannot be delivered without high quality, connected biobanks. To this emerging role corresponds a growing duty to communicate biobanks’ work in an understandable way for lay people and policymakers, to increase and nurture the patients/citizens trust necessary for the survival and development of biobanking.

The workshop will provide participants with communication best practices and experiences from the biobanking world, and a hands-on training on the use of social media in science communication.

Keynote speakers will share their experience in science communication, both related to biobanking and other scientific fields. The hands-on training will focus on the use of social media as both the main communication channel to leverage interest into biobanking, and as the main platform where to build an active and committed biobanking community online.

 

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Francesco Florindi
Chair
12:30 - 13:00
Lunch break
13:00 - 14:00
Working Group ESBB – Social Media

(In parallel to Working Group ESBB Africa)
The focus of this ESBB working group is to keep ESBB members and public informed about biobanking and ESBB related information using Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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Ayat Salman
Chair
13:00 - 14:00
Working Group ESBB – Africa

(In parallel to Working Group ESBB Social Media)
The focus of this ESBB working group is to address the particular challenges and opportunities of biobanking in Africa. This is in line with ESBB’s mission to advance the field of biobanking across Africa.