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Europe Biobank Week 2016 - Biobanking for Health Innovation


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Aus dem GBN Newsletter Q3_2016 zur Europe Biobank Week in Wien

Europe Biobank Week 2016: Meeting of the European Biobanking Community to Discuss Health Innovation


The Biobanking and BioMolecular Resources Research Infrastructures – European Research Infrastructure Consortium (BBMRI-ERIC) and the European and Middle Eastern Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB) have joined forces, resulting in the Europe Biobank Week, a joint congress which took place from September 13 – 16, 2016 in Vienna, hosted by BBMRI.at. The theme of the congress: health innovation.

The congress brought together almost 700 biobanking experts from all over the world to discuss the future challenges for biobanking, such as biobanking governance, participation of patients and the public in biobanking, data privacy and management, precision and personalized medicine, quality and integrity of samples, environmental issues and international collaboration.

Biobanking is a specific European strength addressing the ongoing and future requirements particularly of Europe's health research frameworks. Biobanking is far more than a stand-alone structure but is evolving as part of a larger set of cross-linked infrastructures with comprehensive data linkage. The nordic countries are following this path systematically; Finland leads the nordic alliance, but Denmark, Sweden and Norway are on the same track. Likewise, in the Netherlands, the new Health-Research Infrastructure is integrating several network activities (BBMRI, ELIXIR, EATRIS among others) in order to foster progress in personalized medicine and health research.


The German Biobank Node's activities were represented well on this occasion: Sabrina Schmitt from Heidelberg presented the German harmonization process in QM (Work Package 3) and Antje Schütt the results of the stakeholder analysis in WP 4; Cornelia Rufenach presented a poster on the GBN's overall activities.

We are sharing just a brief summary of the various conference topics here. For more details, please visit the event's mobile app, which offers a great overview of all sessions, including the abstracts.


Short reports

Update on Ethical, Legal and Societal Issues (Roland Jahns)

Highlights in Public Engagement Sessions (Antje Schütt)

Improved Quality across European Biobanks (Sabrina Schmitt)

Meeting Highlights: IT (Murat Sariyar)

BBMRI-LPC Forum 2016 (Gabriele Anton)



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