The 3rd international BBMRI-LPC summer workshop “Biobanks, Data and Access” will be held in Tartu, Estonia, on August 26-28, 2015
This year’s meeting is hosted by the Estonian Genome Center, the training center for the founders of new biobanks and large sample collections.
The first workshop “Practical Biobanking” held in Tartu in 2013, brought together enthusiasts from different countries, most of them from the Eastern Europe. Topics discussed included recruitment of gene donors, sample and data collection, depositing of the sensitive data, quality management and harmonization, privacy and ethical issues, cross-border exchange of samples and data, as well as study design, bioinformatics and statistics tools for biobanks.
The 2nd consecutive workshop "Starting from Scratch" was held in Helsinki, Finland. The program was focused on collecting, handling and storing a large population cohort and relevant phenotypic data. Practical hands-on exercises were offered to the participants showing different availability tools and databases for research data, and demonstrating the sample flow in population cohort collections (serum and plasma sample preparation, automated DNA extraction etc.).
The 3rd workshop will be focused on the implementation of data stored in biobanks rather than on the setup of biobanks.
The preliminary topics of the agenda are following:
• Why we need biobanks? Overvew of the biobanks in Europe.
• Education/ teaching programs in Europe
• Genotyping and sequencing of large-scale datasets
• Microarray data - usage in large studies
• Sequencing and imputing data
• The costs of data storage
• Biomaterial transfer agreement
• Ethical and legal issues
• From biobanks to precision medicine
The registration is available and the number of participants is limited. Altogether, 20 participants will be chosen for the workshop by the end of July and the final list of participants will be announced by email and also made available at our website: www.biobank.ee.
Please do not hesitate to contact with the organizers, if you have any questions.
Annely Allik annely.allik [ät] ut.ee
Maris Väli-Täht maris.vali-taht [ät] ut.ee
The workshop is organized by the Estonian Genome Center, University of Tartu with the support of the BBMRI-LPC Grant No 313010.