The UKCRC Tissue Directory and Coordination Centre (UKCRC TDCC) held its annual meeting, UK Biobanking Showcase, on the 27th November. This year, the main themes included sustainability, quality and data management.
The Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) have been awarded UK Biobank of the year 2018! Now in its 3rd year, the awards were presented at UK Biobanking Showcase.
Spotlight on: Erik Steinfelder Erik Steinfelder is Director General of BBMRI-ERIC. Erik has completed a Bsc in Analytical Chemistry and a course in Foundations of Management. In 2008, he joined Thermo Fisher Scientific and as first Biobank Commercial Leader EMEA, he went on to head the complete biobank portfolio and range of activities. Additionally, between 2014 and 2017, he was President-elect, President and past President of ESBB, the European, Middle… Read More »Spotlight on: Erik Steinfelder
Meet the sponsor: BC Platforms We check in with our primary sponsor, BC Platforms to find out what they can offer Biobanks and what you can speak to them about at UK Biobanking Showcase this year. In a nutshell, who are BC Platforms? BC Platforms is a bioinformatics company specializing in secure genomic data management and interpretation. From Data to Personalized Health, we bring doctors, scientists, bioinformaticians, data managers, and… Read More »Meet the sponsor: BC Platforms
Biosharing at Europe Biobank Week 2018 The European and Middle Eastern Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB) and BBMRI-ERIC jointly held Europe Biobank Week (EBW) this September. Emma Lawrence, UKCRC TDCC Research engagement manager reports back on the week’s events. I attended Europe Biobank Week on behalf of the UKCRC TDCC this month. It was held in Antwerp, a pretty city in the north of Belgium. The conference venue was… Read More »Biosharing at Europe Biobank Week
Spotlight on: Dr Sharon King Dr Sharon King is Manager of the Tayside Biorepository in Dundee. The Tayside Biorepository is part of a wider Scottish Biorepository Network supported by the Chief Scientist Office. Sharon has worked within a variety of translational based projects using human tissues, including PLK1 repression in breast cancer where she was awarded the Sir Alistair Currie Prize for her work. Here, she tells us about her current role, what… Read More »Spotlight on: Dr Sharon King
09.30 – 10.00 Registration Session 1 Latest Developments in Biobanking 10.00 – 10.05 UKCRC TDCC Introduction 10.05 – 10.20 UKCRC Tissue Directory development update Phil Quinlan and Matt Styles, University of Nottingham 10.20 – 10.35 UKCRC Tissue Platforms for Engagement Emma Lawrence and Jessica Sims, UCL 10.35 – 10.55 Consent to use human samples and linked health data in research – results Amanda Hunn, Health Research Authority 10.55 – 11.20… Read More »UK Biobanking Showcase Agenda 2018
Spotlight on: Professor Andrew Morris Professor Andrew Morris is the inaugural Director of Health Data Research UK (HDR UK). He is seconded from his position as Professor of Medicine, and Vice Principal of Data Science at the University of Edinburgh. Prior to this Andrew was Dean of Medicine at the University of Dundee and Chief Scientist at the Scottish Government (2012-2017). His research interests span informatics and chronic diseases. Here,… Read More »Spotlight on: Professor Andrew Morris
The national data opt-out In order to make the samples you donate really useful for research, Biobanks need to link them to data about you. Recently there has been changes to the control you have over this data. We talk to Alison Stone and Chris Carrigan from the patient movement use MY data to find out more about the national data opt-out… What is the national data opt-out? The national… Read More »The national data opt-out
CM-Path hosted a workshop on sample quality in biobanking and promoting best practice Research Engagement Manager, Emma Lawrence reports back on the workshop. Although I had used human samples in research in the past I had never given much thought to what makes a ‘good quality sample’. This week I attended the NCRI CM-Path initiative’s “Biobanking best practices workshop” to find out about their new quality improvement tool. I found… Read More »The (CM)-Path to quality Biobanking