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Spotlight on: Erik Steinfelder

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

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

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Biosharing at Europe Biobank Week

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

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Spotlight on: Dr Sharon King

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

UK Biobanking Showcase Agenda 2018

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

Prof Andrew Morris

Spotlight on: Professor Andrew Morris

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

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The national data opt-out

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

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The (CM)-Path to quality Biobanking

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

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Making new treatments possible in Riga

Riga old town (Creative Comms Licence, David Holt) Making new treatments possible in Riga In March BBMRI-ERIC members from all over Europe met in Riga for a management update. UKCRC TDCC Research Engagement Manger, Emma Lawrence reports back on the meetings events. The meetings are an opportunity for the national nodes to meet and talk about progress and developments in the field. This meeting I learnt a lot about the… Read More »Making new treatments possible in Riga